LYNCHBURG, Va. – Whether it's a pandemic or a protest, local journalists are certainly on the frontlines of coverage.
That’s no truer than during Monday night’s 11 p.m. newscast when two 10 News crews were in the midst of the tear gas that was launched into a crowd in Lynchburg.
One broadcast industry leader said local journalists are more important now than ever.
“You're performing a great public service and that public service is actually more important in the age of social media when there is so much disinformation out in the public,” said Gordon Smith, President of the National Association of Broadcasters.
Smith said it’s important for viewers to see and hear the facts, and Monday night the news was as raw as ever.
Protestors crowded the streets of Lynchburg.
On the opposite end of the road were police in tactical gear.
Both groups eventually met on the street and objects were thrown at officers.