I found the debate over whether or not journalists should carry naloxone, as discussed in “Should journalists carry Narcan? For some in Philadelphia, the answer is yes”, thoughtful, and yet so simple. Personally, it isn’t really a question whether or not I would assist someone in need if I had the means to.
To me, it comes down to the question of what is more important, being a human, or being a journalist? The journalism industry, as discussed in the piece, “interpreted that principle to mean the need for an absolute, unapproachable distance—teetering on calloused—between their sources and themselves.” The distance between a subject and reporter is important to ensure unbiased reporting is important, but so is helping someone in need.
It reminded me of the photo “Struggling Girl”, which shows a starving child collapsed on the ground, with a vulture eyeing him up a few feet away. The scene was photographed by Kevin Carter, but Carter walked away after taking the photo, instead of assisting the child to a United Nations feeding center half a mile away. Perhaps he was too in the mindset of a war photographer and had become too callous to violence and misfortune, because, to me, it seemed that Carter chose to be a journalist over being a human.