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Protests can pose difficult challenges


August 5, 2020

Protests are a challenge for journalists in a number of ways.

They can be a cauldron that mixes fervor – often angry fervor, concern – often deep concern – about one or more issues, along with frustration, energy, emotion, lots of things.

They are usually uncomfortable, because most of us don't naturally feel inclined to go out and stand on a street corner to wave signs and yell and draw attention to ourselves. At least, I'm not.

They're often unstable – you never know what's going to happen, because people are stressed and have already thrown aside constraints they normally feel....

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