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RTDNA executive says "remote workplace violence" difficult to protect against

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The business of reporting the news can be dangerous, as reporters and photographers are some of the first to arrive at the scene of an incident.

The August 26 shooting death of a news crew and injury of the woman they were interviewing during a live broadcast caused newsroom leaders across the country to rethink their policies.

The associate executive director of Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), Mike Cavender, came to Roanoke for photographer Adam Ward's funeral September 1. He said, while journalists can prepare for some situations, no one can plan for the unexpected.

Cavender explained, "it was, at its core, a remote workplace violence incident. And that makes it all the more difficult to protect against."

Cavender added some stations temporarily suspended all live shots after the incident.