We recently heard from National Public Radio's Madhulika Sikka about how her network managed its coverage of the Mumbai attacks (NPR's Comprehensive Coverage). In that post we also noted all the reporting done by NPR's New Delhi correspondent, Philip Reeves. He just sent us his own thoughts on covering the attacks - including how his job was in some ways made easier - and offers a critique of the media's handling of the crisis. These are his personal thoughts, and don't represent NPR.
On the assignment and its challenges:
On access, and the kindness of strangers:
On media hype:
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Here are some of Philip's reports from Mumbai and its aftermath (full list here, along with his bio), ending with his earliest reports:
- Pakistan Strengthens Response to Mumbai Attacks (Dec. 9)
- In Mumbai, Residents Protest Response to Attacks (Dec. 3)
- In India, Anger Grows At Response To Attacks (Dec. 2)
- India, Pakistan Relations Hurt By Mumbai Attack
- Security In Mumbai: An Impossible Task?
- India Reeling From Mumbai Rampage
- Mumbai Siege Ends With Gunmen's Deaths (Nov. 29)
- In Mumbai, Militant Violence Not Quelled
- Indian Commandos Try To Oust Gunmen
- Indian Forces Continue Battle With Mumbai Gunmen
- Toll In Mumbai Attacks Expected To Rise (Nov. 26)