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Train Crashes Into Vets' Parade
Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 4:03 PM on 11.16.12
->> I just wanted to take a second and commend SportsShooter member James Durbin for collecting images during a very difficult situation in Midland, Tex., on Thursday when a train crashed into a trailer carrying wounded veterans during a parade on Thursday.

It must have been an emotional whirlwind -- for the photographer, his subjects, bystanders and law enforcement officials -- and I think he deserves credit for stepping into the fray and capturing the emotions of the moment.

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/train-crashes-into-vets-parade-slideshow/bysta...
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James Durbin, Photographer
Midland | Texas | USA | Posted: 7:11 AM on 11.19.12
->> First of all I very much appreciate the kind words. My little newsroom really came together and confronted this tragedy, reporting and breaking the news with dignity.
Your email was correct when you mentioned that perhaps a few people likely did not think too kindly of me at times, however I have had many more people thank me for my work than be angry. Furthermore, I am not in the business of making people happy, I am here to tell the people what they NEED to know, even if its not pretty.
There is really no easy way to make pictures of people grieving, they don't teach you those methods in j-school, but I have found its easiest when I just do my job and think about the tragedy after I clock out.
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 11:23 AM on 11.19.12
->> "Furthermore, I am not in the business of making people happy, I am here to tell the people what they NEED to know, even if its not pretty."

Agreed. But I admire when small town publications stick to this approach. It's a lot harder when you know everyone and know you'll see them again the next day.

"There is really no easy way to make pictures of people grieving, they don't teach you those methods in j-school, but I have found its easiest when I just do my job and think about the tragedy after I clock out."

Compartmentalization is a funny thing. But it works.
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 1:44 PM on 11.19.12
->> "perhaps a few people likely did not think too kindly of me at times, however I have had many more people thank me for my work than be angry."

I've found this to be true in many hard news situations as well.

Many people do see the importance of covering heavy news.

Also, really nice photos.
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