->''"This is great! I must really be onto something hot if they're trying to kill me!"''
-->-- '''April O'Neil''', ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]''

Some people are [[InHarmsWay thrill seekers]], nothing wrong or unusual with that. Still, even Bungee jumpers wear harnesses, and Great White photographers dive inside of titanium cages. Not so with the IntrepidReporter. While Going for the Big Scoop they will ignore, nay, ''actively run towards'' danger to find whoever or ''what''ever is causing it.

It's not that they're TooDumbToLive - they knowingly [[DistressBall choose]] to take these risks... perhaps because [[HoldingOutForAHero they know the hero will swoop in and save them]] if they [[TrappedByMountainLions get in enough pointless danger]]. [[DrinkingGame Extra points]] if after being rescued and admonished by the hero to get to safety, the first thing they do is run towards the same danger they had to be rescued from ''[[DamselScrappy again!]]''

Certain amount of TruthInTelevision; war correspondents have a bit of a reputation for being danger and adrenaline junkies. The SchoolNewspaperNewshound can often do this in series combining high school students with high danger.

May result from "ImGoingForACloserLook". If they don't have [[PlotArmor main character status]], inevitably becomes a RedShirtReporter - but any character like this will be satisfied that even if you kill them, you CantStopTheSignal. Often, the big break in the case may come from [[OffTheRecord unconventional sources...]]

Compare CameraFiend. See also RecklessSidekick.

Note to those putting up examples: '''This trope is about reporters.''' '''''Only''''' reporters.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kazumi Asakura from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. She actually manages to mostly avoid the whole DamselInDistress aspect; the one time she gets captured by an enemy it has nothing to do with her attempts to get a story. She gradually loses this trait. Of course, this probably has something to do with invariably winding up keeping [[{{Masquerade}} every]] [[CuteGhostGirl big]] [[LoveDodecahedron scoop]] a secret after finding out it would probably be a bad idea to get her teacher/longshot romantic interest fired. She's now more of TheTrickster, with her CuteGhostGirl best friend as a sidekick. (She can manage to look like an {{Expy}} of [[CunningLikeAFox Mitsune]] while doing it.)
%%* Wolfina from ''ZombiePowder''.
* [[http://www.funimation.com/witchblade/characters/yusuke_tozawa.html Yusuke Tozawa]] from ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' anime. [[{{Lestrade}} Inspector Nakata]] abhors him and calls him "Hyena" for hunting after murder scenes, and as we can see in [[spoiler:ep. 08]] with displeased security guys, it's not the first time he asks for trouble.
* This is what gets [[spoiler: Kinue Crossroad]] killed in season 1 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''.
* Erika from ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'' is always on the hunt for a big scoop, even if that involves charging blindly into the Vice District of town. Despite her being, hmmm, 12.
* Diethard from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' in Episode 4. "I want that camera ''right in his face!''" Diethard is an interesting example of this trope, as his fascination with history in the making is a full-blown obsession, and leads him to switch sides several times. He also takes an active role in affecting events as they unfold, rather than simply observing and recording.
* In ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'', had Tatsumi Saiga ''not'' snuck into a certain high-class club for the rich and wealthy from Tokyo, he would've never become the main character indeed.
* Mika of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' is only a middle school SchoolNewspaperNewshound and ''already'' appears to have entirely suppressed her self-preservation instincts. Then again, it's not surprising that a character who is [[PunnyName basically named "Mass Media-ka"]] would want to get a head start on her reporter tropes.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', this trope got Carly Nagisa/Carmine [[spoiler:killed and brought BackFromTheDead to put her love interest Jack in a lose-lose situation of either killing her again, or losing to her and joining her in her LotusEaterMachine hell]].
* His insistence on playing amateur investigator is what gets freelance photographer Takaba Akihito into trouble over and over and ''over'' throughout the Manga/FinderSeries.
* Becky the information broker gets herself into trouble looking for exclusive info to sell several times in the first ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' series.
* Fran Doll becomes a war reporter in ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' and travels to battle zones to take photographs, at one point facing down a mobile suit that appears to be aiming at a child and threatening it by saying she'll publicize the atrocity. Shortly after this incident she learns that Luzianna is suppressing her work by buying up the photos but not publishing them so the public won't realize how bad it's going, but she keeps taking her pictures after reuniting with Loran and company.

* There's a reason Comicbook/LoisLane was called an "Intrepid Reporter"; it's because she had absolutely no instinct for self preservation… at least, if she does, she never lets it get in the way of getting that Big Scoop. Especially amusing in the 1940s serials. She ''does'' have the world's most powerful being constantly looking out for her, but she did this before Superman came to Metropolis too. Having him around just let her have free rein to take ''even more'' crazy risks. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode from the WesternAnimated/DCAnimatedUniverse. {{Mooks}} take Air Force One while Lois is aboard, she does something stupid and earns their ire, then they [[OhCrap panic]] upon learning she's "''That'' Lois Lane."
--> '''Terrorist''': Lane? ''Lois'' Lane? The one Superman always saves?
--> '''Lois''': 'Fraid so.
** Furthermore, during the year of Superman being depowered (in the CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'') Clark Kent starts doing the same thing, by jumping out of a window to get the attention of the mysterious superhero Supernova. Lois is both aghast at what he's doing and annoyed at being reminded who inspired those stunts.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'' remake (the comic book, not the film), he rescues a reporter from horrible danger. They have to run fast and hard to escape the mooks pursuing them...who always seem to have a heads up. Meanwhile The Spirit is freaking out because the reporter keeps talking all weird and dramatically. Turns out the reporter had a hidden audio broadcast device which the mooks, and thankfully the police, were listening in on. The reporter then totally 'dumps on' The Spirit in an interview with others a few days later, lying and claiming she did all the work.
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem. He will do anything to himself and the rest of the world for The Truth. "Sometimes I think that if I let my brain know what my gut was propelling me into, it'd chuck itself out my ear."
* Although April O'Neil is not a reporter in the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage original]] ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' comics, the IntrepidReporter role was eventually filled by Lauren Stanton, who, as a writer for "The Bullet", investigates gangland activity in New York. In her debut appearance, she is seen infiltrating a night club in order to spy on the underworld's movers and shakers, and later on, she attempts to report on a deal between groups.
* So you see this plane come down. You go to help. They shoot you. You get out of the hospital and decide to investigate. So they leave you unconscious in a burning building and sabotage the firetrucks. After getting out of the hospital again, what do you do? Well if you're Franchise/{{Tintin}}, then obviously you have to go check out their creepy isle citadel from which no one ever returns and from which strange monster howls come from.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The reporters in FanFic/AeonNatumEngel are unambitious and do what the government tells them to do. Why they don't go searching for hidden conspiracies? Because it's stupid in their situation, where creating chaos by revealing a new enemy when the humanity got it's hands full and more with existing enemies is a last thing anybody needs, including the reporters.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Insontis}}'', a tabloid reporter kidnaps the de-aged Kirk, heedless of the fact that 1) he was in the company of a Starfleet officer, and 2) his other guard is [[PapaWolf an extremely protective Vulcan.]]
* OriginalCharacter Erin Blogger is looking for a story that will get her taken seriously in ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury''. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor She gets her wish when she gets entangled in the Kira case,]] and the guy who has to save her happens to be [[AntiHero L, the person who dragged her into it to begin with.]]
* When your entire city is invaded by creatures from another reality there is suddenly a distinct lack of places that could be defined as "safe." Even so [[BadassNormal Hiroaki Ishida and his camera crew]] risk their lives to warn Japan and the rest of the world about what is happening in ''Fanfic/TheTeacherOfAllThings''.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Although she's clearly inspired by Lois Lane, Roxanne Ritchi in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' doesn't seem to Go For The Big Scoop so much as Get Dragged Into The Big Scoop, since the titular supervillain keeps kidnapping her and using her as a hostage to bait his arch-nemesis.
* Daphne in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland''. Freaky things are happening that threaten herself and her friends, but at least this makes great material for her talk show! [[spoiler:Until the footage gets lost in quicksand.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This was the role of Vicki Vale in Burton's ''Film/{{Batman}}.'' She did such things as take a ''flash picture'' while armed goons were removing Batman's mask, fer Alfred's sake! It ''did'' serve as a handy distraction when Batman was about to be unmasked...
* Polly Perkins does this annoyingly often in ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' (2004).
* [[Film/{{Superman}} Lois Lane]]. To the extent of [[WhatAnIdiot bringing her four-year-old son to investigate a potentially dangerous lead, without telling anyone where she went.]]
* Obnoxious tabloid reporter Thomas Kemp in the monster-movie ''Film/{{Alligator}}''. He goes snooping around the sewer looking for "Ramon", the titular mankiller. [[spoiler: They meet, and Kemp's recovered ApocalypticLog photographs force the authorities to finally take the problem seriously.]]
* The protagonist of ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'' is Joey Summerskill, a reporter is sees her big break when she witnesses the effects of the Lament Configuration on a hosptial patient and gets wrapped up Pinhead's plot.
* Ned "Scotty" Scott in ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'', who spends most of the movie wanting to send out a news story about the Thing and get a picture of it.
* In ''Film/DieHard2'', reporter Samantha Coleman helps John chase the villains making their getaway in her news helicopter. Yes, she is revealed as a genuinely nice lady who genuinely wants to help, but the fact she is getting a spectacular exclusive of [=McClane=] stopping the villains at some personal risk is some incentive too.
* ''Film/TheNightFlier'': Richard Dees is a scummy tabloid report who continues to investigate a series of murders at country airports even when it seems increasingly likely that the killer is a monster of some sort. [[spoiler:The vampire finally murders him after noting that coming face to face with a real monster is the culmination of Dees's existence.]]
* ''Film/WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot'': All the reporters in the film are risking their lives for the big scoop.

* In classic IntrepidReporter tradition, William de Worde from ''Discworld/TheTruth'' recklessly joined an apparent suicide-jumper on a high ledge to conduct an interview. The usual BigDamnHeroes scene to follow is subverted, in that the jumper was only faking to get a free meal out of the City Watch, and wound up carrying William down after the newbie reporter nearly fainted and fell to his death.
* Denn Dur, a Sullustan from the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse MedStar Duology]], explicitly goes running for trouble to report on, although he complains about doing so and is very cynical about hero types. In ''Coruscant Nights'' he's not really a reporter anymore, but he still does it, because his TrueCompanions are usually there, although he complains even more, since he's not even getting paid now.
* Susan Rodriguez is like this in the first few ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novels. She knows the supernatural exists, and is obsessed with finding out about it and getting the truth out, to the point that she lets it override her common sense (and Harry's desperate warnings) to get the job done. Eventually she pushes it too far, [[spoiler:attends a vampire party that she should have stayed far away from, and ends up becoming a Red Court VampireRefugee constantly having to suppress the urge to kill. And no, she is not CursedWithAwesome; true Red Court vamps are inhuman monsters, and the bloodlust is strong enough that she sometimes can't control it at all]].
** Susan comes close to be a ''deconstruction'' of the trope, whether or not Butcher intended it that way, and it goes on beyond the [[spoiler: incident at the vampire party, eventually Susan's recklessness and failure to look at the world realistically gets her killed under ghastly circumstances]]. Over the course of the books we see Susan repeat the same basic error over and over, with tragic results.
* Analin in ''[[Literature/TheColorOfDistance Through Alien Eyes]]'' isn't ''totally'' reckless, but she's so accustomed to dangerous stories that as she prepares to investigate this one she has her belongings stored elsewhere, including pillows so they won't get slashed, and goes on the run. She's got a touch of satisfaction when she finds out she's being followed.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Damien Day from ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' probably counts. (He's also willing to endanger, or at least frighten ''other'' people for a story). He was later revealed to be a virgin who channeled his sexual drive into his work, but then had a brief fling with a similarly inclined female reporter which was built around having sex in dangerous places.
** He also always carried [[EmpathyDollShot a bloodstained teddy bear]] in his briefcase, in case there weren't any sufficiently shocking images available at the disaster scene.
** At one disaster scene he wanted to film with a crying child, but the only child in the vicinity was perfectly happy. [[KickTheDog So Damien slapped him.]]
** His cameraman [[ButtMonkey suffers greatly for this]]; Damien at one point asks another member of the office to call his cameraman's wife after he's been hurt, noting that "she tends to get hysterical when she hears my voice on the phone."
* Including, but not limited to, ''Series/{{Smallville}}'''s Lois Lane. They pretty much all do this to some extent. In ''Series/LoisAndClark'', though, she starts to learn a few seasons in. A few days before her wedding to Clark, she starts freaking out because "anytime we're happy, something terrible happens!" Naturally, on the day of the wedding [[spoiler: she's kidnapped by Lex Luthor and replaced with a clone. Oh, and then she gets amnesia for a few episodes and believes herself to be a character from her secret romance novel, and Luthor to be "Kent," her love]]. Should've taken that honeymoon a little early after all. Or just not investigated that "one little story..."
* A {{deconstruction}} appears in season 5 of ''Series/TheWire'' - a reporter angling for a Pulitzer tries to act this role, along with making up sources and just plain lying, to get the perfect angle on a serial killer story. ''We'' know he never did anything remotely brave, and his personal communications with the "killer" are entirely fictitious... but [[KarmaHoudini everyone else seems to buy it]].
* Daniel in ''Series/SexTraffic''. He makes the not so smart move of trying to film a transaction taking place, despite the obviously evil guys standing right next to him. Naturally, he gets beat up for the trouble.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' parodies this when Annie becomes the ace newshound for Greendale, investigating why the Dean only texted white students when an event was canceled. Jeff, as the editor, orders her to stop.
* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'', "[[Recap/VoyagersS1E20JacksBack Jack's Back]]": Nellie Bly tries to find Jack the Ripper so she can get the story on him.
* Jake Sisko in ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' is a fiction writer at heart, but gets a job with the Federation News Service, which isn't always convenient for his dad the leading public figure. Jake also chooses to stay behind and cover the Dominion occupation of the station in spite of the risk. Although hampered by the Dominion refusing to transmit his stories, he still investigates and conducts interviews, at one point asking Kira and Odo some [[ArmorPiercingQuestion legitimate but uncomfortable questions]].
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', one of the numbers has this as her calling in life. While her main story is [[DirtyCop HR]], she also has an obsession with chasing the [[VigilanteMan Man in the Suit]], which makes it rather hard for Reese to protect her without exposing himself.

[[folder: Toys]]
* Franchise/{{LEGO}}:
** Pippin Reed (also known as [[DubNameChange Gail Storm]]) from Toys/LEGOAdventurers, who traveled the world with Johnny Thunder and Dr. Kilroy, braving booby trap-filled temples and dodging criminals and thieves just to get a good story for ''World Magazine''.
** J. Theano from Toys/LEGODinoAttack, a reporter from the WDNO radio news station who braves a mutant dinosaur apocalypse to provide the latest scoop on D.I.N.O. Attack's battle against the prehistoric threat. He retains this characterization in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', wherein he eagerly flies a news helicopter into heated dogfights between T-1 Typhoon helicopters and Mutant Pterosaurs during numerous battles, such as the battle for the power station (which, in itself, is a reference to Theano's appearance in the original toyline) and even the FinalBattle.
** Toys/LEGOAlienConquest has Lotta Brix, who goes straight into the middle of an alien invasion to get the latest scoop. This leads to her abduction, of course, but she continues giving news reports even as she is brought aboard the mothership.

* In ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves'', reporter Elena Fisher and her cameraman Jeff pursue Lazarevic, a rouge general with an entire army under his command, into a war zone by themselves, resulting in Jeff getting killed. Though Elena is armed and fairly competent with a gun, bringing some cops or security guards with them probably would have been a good idea.
* Creator/{{Atlus}}
** ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'': The game's IntrepidReporter, Tae "Kichou" Asakura. The monster Red Cape has been spotted in an abandoned factory? ''You wrote yourself'' that it "leaves behind nothing but a bloody corpse"? You have a problem with {{fainting}} under pressure or when extremely startled (and surely you ''must'' know this fact about yourself...)? You wear high heels, which, as you know, are not conducive to running for your life? [[WhatAnIdiot Sure, no problem, you're gonna go all by yourself!]] Thankfully, she seems to have learned her lesson from that experience and asks someone to go with her next time she's working on a dangerous scoop. Hooray for CharacterDevelopment!
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' with Hijiri, an occult journalist who sets his sights on [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Hikawa]], whom he accuses of leading a fanatical cult obsessed with [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the world]] into a massacre against an opposing cult. This ends up getting him caught up in the apocalypse, and he STILL insists on getting his scoop. Least unlike most examples he managed to have the sense to stay in the nice, SAFE little save points after [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the city wrapped itself around a big ball of light]] - until Isamu manages to piss him off enough that he goes crazy. It probably doesn't hurt matters that [[spoiler: Hijiri actually ''did'' die in [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Conception]]; the Hijiri you encounter in the Vortex World is actually Hijiri's soul in a [[ArtificialHuman manikin]] body]].
* ''VideoGame/RobotAlchemicDrive'' gives us the borderline-suicidal Mika Banhara, who in a few levels decides to get a close-up of two HumongousMecha fighting. If she dies, it's a NonStandardGameOver. It's worst when she's in a van and seems to intentionally park underfoot. [[VideogameCrueltyPotential If you're feeling mean]], possibly because you [[EscortMission keep having to retry the level]], you can pick up that news van and toss it across the city.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'''s Frank West, who takes time out to shoot photos of the zombies trying to gnaw on his arm. For that matter, any game featuring a lot of FirstPersonSnapshooter gameplay.
* Likewise, [[SchoolNewspaperNewsHound Ran Hibiki]] of the ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' games is more than happy to get herself and her friends mixed up in an evil student's plot to take over the local schools, if it means uncovering the truth gets her a story on the front page of Taiyo High's newspaper.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' is all about reporters going after the big scoop and saving the galaxy.
* Lotta Hart does it all the time in the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' saga. Her photos are usually both the making ''and'' the breaking of the case against the defendant of whatever case she's gotten sucked into. Her photos that Phoenix uses for evidence are usually blurry, at odd angles, or out of focus, which makes Phoenix's cases much more difficult for him, and makes one wonder how Lotta can still be making a living as a photographer.
* Aya Shameimaru from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is known to act like this. In fact, she has her own spin-off game series whose premise is entirely that she intentionally pisses off the bosses of all the other games in order to take pictures of their [[BulletHell bullet patterns]], and supposedly interview them. She can get away with it because she's no slouch herself when it comes to fighting.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Just before the launch of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[IntrepidReporter Emily Wong]] [[CharacterBlog livetweets]] the Reaper invasion of Earth. This would generally constitute Going For The Big Scoop, but she displays plenty of common sense in avoiding the actual Reapers, and trying to stay alive. [[spoiler:It doesn't work - her shuttle takes a hit, wounding her and killing her team. Then she [[DyingMomentOfAwesome decides]] [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled to]] [[RammingAlwaysWorks ram]] a [[EldritchAbomination Reaper]].]]
* Ben Bertolucci of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' is another subversion. He came to Raccoon City to get the dirt on what's happening to the town, but once he learns that it's falling apart under a small-scale ZombieApocalypse and he's trapped there, he gives up on chasing the story, locks himself in a jail cell, and refuses to leave until everything blows over. [[spoiler:Or blows up, which [[DeathByGenreSavviness he doesn't live to see anyway]].]]
* Kylie Koopa from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' goes to great lengths to gather information regarding the Shroob Invasion which is then published in a book titled ''Fungicide: The Epic Battle for the Mushroom Kingdom''.
* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', Mike can contact Scarlet Lake with various stories about [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Halbech]] [[MegaCorp Inc]]. One initially wonders how she is able to survive doing this when the company is shown to not be above killing to protect their bottom line. [[spoiler: It makes sense once it is realized that she was never actually going to print any of the stories she received as she [[TheMole was on their payroll from the beginning.]] It also doesn't hurt that her other job as a ProfessionalKiller makes her a bit of a hard target regardless.]]
* Madison Paige in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' routinely walks into highly dangerous situations alone while investigating the Orgami killer. However, in each case she has the ability to escape from them on her own if the player makes the right movies.

* You know, [[http://yamara.com/yamaraclassic/index.php?date=2005-10-27 that thing where]] ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}'' found out what the most outrageous (if not most dangerous) sort of monster is...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Lois Lane in the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman cartoon shorts]]. ''Always''. She's not much different in the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse either. Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', in which Lois' grief at the death of Superman sees her begin to turn this tendency to DeathSeeker levels; Perry White notes darkly at one point that she's still throwing herself recklessly into dangerous situations but Superman isn't around to pull her chestnuts out of the fire anymore.
* April O'Neil in the 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon and the [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures comic that spun off of it]]. Vernon Fenwick also does this frequently, as he's usually trying to out-scoop April.
* Ann Gora from ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats''. She and her camera man (kat?) are always dangerously close to the action, just to get their scoop.
* Alya from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' runs the Ladyblog, the main news source on everything related to the titular heroine, so she tries to get footage of every battle she can -- which, of course, means putting herself in danger for the sake of her scoop. One time, she even kept filming while an akuma was kidnapping her, and tried to ''interview said akuma'', to boot! Ladybug, who is great friends with Alya in her civilian identity, finds this thoroughly exasperating.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* You're taking an obviously large risk if you become a military embed. Hazards include [=IEDs=], capture and torture, and getting shot. And having the CIA man you're trapped with take your communicator to call in an airstrike that turns many bad guys into giblets. No, seriously. Note that if you ''do'' have a non-null chance of being rescued or escaping, they'd sure-as-hell take it. Why kill yourself and the bad guys when you can just skip to killing the bad guys? You better ''hope'' that's a non-Elite warrior you're strapped to. Why? Because the elites know when they ain't going to be rescued and that it'd be better to die for your country and take out all those guys who captured you at the same time than it is to die a slow, painful, torturous death and leave the baddies alive. They'll call an airstrike on their own position. And doing the same thing ''unintentionally'' in the stress and confusion of battle is a sadly common phenomenon...
* This played out exactly in real life with Current TV's {{intrepid reporter}}s, Laura Ling (bonus points for the [[ThemeInitials L.L. initials]]) and Euna Lee, who were pursuing the big scoop when they were [[DamselInDistress taken prisoner]] by the evil [[DirtyCommunists Commie]] [[NebulousEvilOrganisation organization]], North Korea. Now the [[AmericaSavesTheDay US Government is scrambling to bring them home]].
** She was brought home. :)
** Lisa Ling once visited a prison in El Salvador working on a documentary about the notorious MS-13 gang and how they dominated the prison system down there. Interviewing one of the ''veteranos'' locked up and knowing herself, her crew, and the few prison guards brave enough to accompany her into the prison that was virtually under complete control of the gang, Lisa asked the gang member how she knew they would be kept safe and not possibly be taken hostage. The gang member basically smirked, and replied, "You don't."
* A much sadder example: the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Reporters and cameramen were going in CLOSER to the towers before they fell to get better shots. Surprisingly, freelance photojournalist Bill Biggart was the only working journalist to be killed in the attacks, though six broadcast TV engineers were killed in the collapsing towers, and one photojournalist happened to be aboard American Airlines Flight 11.
* Inverted with Herbert Morrison, a radio reporter who in 1937 went to file what he thought was just going to be a routine story about the first arrival of a new German airship in New Jersey and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Fc8kIyMCo&feature=related ended up seeing the Hindenburg crash barely a few dozen feet in front of him]]. His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA live coverage of the disaster]] (which is where most references to OhTheHumanity are coming from) switches rapidly from almost-bored matter-of-factness to pure shock to genuinely distraught horror in an instant, and is all the more affecting for it.
* Creator/{{CNN}}'s Creator/AndersonCooper has a habit of a) hearing about some sort of disaster, war zone, or other crisis where people are dying, and b) getting on a plane to go there as soon as humanly possible. This man spends ''a lot'' of time running around in a bulletproof vest, and has spent the last two decades reporting from every major disaster area, civil uprising, flat-out war, or humanitarian crisis ''on the planet''. He got his start in journalism by obtaining a faked press pass and ''sneaking into Burma to cover the civil revolution'', for God's sake! He was also nearly decapitated by a flying street sign during Hurricane Katrina, reported from Baghdad with bombs exploding behind him, got punched repeatedly on the streets of Cairo, and at one point reported on the Egyptian revolution during the Arab Spring from an undisclosed location because he might be ''killed'' if anti-revolutionaries found out where he was.
* Edward R. Murrow, although there were others, made sure he got on a London rooftop to cover the action of the Battle of Britain in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII for his radio network even as the bombs were falling around him.
* Creator/{{NBC}} News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel has spent most of his life since the mid-90s living in the Middle East and spends even more time in a bulletproof vest than Anderson Cooper. Freshly graduated from Stanford, he took off for Cairo with nothing more than $2000 (not even a basic knowledge of Arabic!) and a yearning to "ride the train of history" in the very front seat. Since then he has repeatedly worked as a military embed, got himself into Iraq in 2002 under the Saddam regime (with questionable legality), and was the last American correspondent left in Baghdad for the duration of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is, with excellent reason, widely considered the foremost expert journalist on Middle East affairs in all of the news business. Not without reason [[http://thedailybanter.com/2014/07/surprise-surprise-greenwald-wrong-nbc-pulled-egyptian-american-reporter-gaza/ has he been called]] "NBC News’s widely recognized, highly respected, globe-trotting, bullet-dodging dreamboat."
-->'''[[Series/TheRachelMaddowShow Rachel Maddow]]''': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbR6jwEfQzQ One of the seams of our modern world]] runs through Iraq. That means that when our world starts to fall apart at the seams, it usually means that Iraq is one of the first places to start unraveling. And when that happens, one thing you can set your watch by is that NBC`s Richard Engel will be there in the middle of it so he can show the world what it looks like and sounds like from the middle of the unraveling.