The whole world continues to mourn the tragedies inflicted by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including the horrendous passing of American journalist James Foley. This Sunday, Foley’s family and friends gathered in his native New Hampshire to celebrate the journalists’ passionate life and the legacy he left behind.

 

Despite being kidnapped in Syria in 2012, Foley’s unwavering faith in his self-proclaimed duty helped assure that he was in exactly the place he was supposed to be. Foley was sure he was taking the risks needed to expose heinous crimes, and he followed through with his convictions until the very end.

 

This tragedy and similar kidnappings still under global scrutiny encourages individuals to define the limits of journalism. To countless individuals, that type of journalistic chase embodies a courage that mimic a precarious dance. A dance with danger, that is. After watching how ISIS treats numerous Americans, including journalists, it’s true Foley was dancing with the devil.

 

That’s the thing about journalists, though. Danger, to them, is inherent in the job description. When a journalists’ mission goes horrifically wrong, individuals immediately pose the question: is journalism too dangerous for today’s world? I’m sure if you’d ask a journalist willing to go that far for a story, he or she would claim that danger to be a necessary evil.

 

Imagine this. A world where journalists don’t go too far for a story. Would our homes be content living in that kind of ignorant bliss? Would we ever begin to crave the truth again? There’s so much journalists do and suffer through to bring worldwide visuals to our fingertips, and we often take it for granted.

 

Perhaps Foley’s legacy can teach us to appreciate the lengths journalists go to for our knowledgable benefit. This writer will sure to remember this every time a depressing story rolls through the A-block of the evening news. If not for the courage of journalists, our nation could not teach the generations. After all, they are veterans, too.

 

What do you think of journalistic courage in today’s dangerous world? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro