Sidenote: Famously Captured

Three memorable examples of reporters reacting to news as it unfolded.

The Hindenburg zeppelin crash, May 6, 1937.

The Hindenburg zeppelin crash on May 6, 1937. Photographer unknown. Featured in The Warren J. and Margot Coville Photography Collection exhibition earlier this year in Sarasota, Florida .

  • In another telling moment from CBS News, this time in 1979, journalist Ed Bradley reacted boldly in his first 60 Minutes appearance. Colleague Mike Wallace set the scene by introducing the news item.3 Bradley not only reported on the Vietnamese refugees arriving by dilapidated boat on to the beaches of a Malaysian island, he became part of the news by wading into the Pacific Ocean to help bring the sick and fragile to shore.

Instinctive responses by reporters have morphed into something else. It’s certainly more common these days for journalists to purposely inject their personal thoughts and feelings into their reports. Sometimes the move from observer to commentator is seamless; other times, it just doesn’t work and audiences are quick to respond.

Penned by Saada Branker © 2013


1.  “The Hindenburg Crash” uploaded on YouTube by blaualterwolf.  After the disaster, Morrison’s live radio broadcast was dubbed to footage of the crash.
2. “Cronkite Remembers JFK” by Tatiana Morales, CBS News, December 5, 2007
3. “Remembering Ed Bradley,”  60 Minutes Overtime, CBS News, 2012

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