Just doing my job ma’am.

I get it, you don’t want me there, and I’m sorry that these circumstances have brought us both together to the scene of this car accident.

It’s just all part of the job. We all have to do it.

We go out to breaking news situations, which are usually never good news. It’s usually a fire or a wreck, and believe me we don’t enjoy seeing it anymore than you enjoy seeing us there.

I believe people often forget that we, members of the media, are people too.

We’re human.

We feel sympathy.

We don’t like seeing you get hurt or enjoy seeing you lose your belongings.

When that tone goes off, there is a bit of excitement. Any firemen, EMT or policeman will tell you that.

You get to jump up from your every day routine and go out into the field and see what’s going on, and for them, they get to help.

I realize for some that having me on the scene is a little bothersome, which is why I try to respect those who have a bigger job to do than me.

I try my best to park out of the way and to avoid blocking any kind of entrance to a residence or business.

I try to stay out of the way of all EMT personnel or police officers, and if anyone tells me to move, or to not take a photo of something, I do my best to respect their request.

I don’t want to do anything that is going to disrespect anyone or try to hinder the actions of those who are saving lives.

All I ask is that I get respect in return.

I know emotions are running high in these situations, but a little respect goes a long way for everyone.

Some may ask why do we even bother covering such events, but we cover it because it’s news.

When I think of newsworthy, I think of timeliness, proximity, impact or consequence, novelty or rarity, conflict, human interest and prominence.

And I know most have heard of the phrase, “if it bleeds, it leads,” and no, I don’t know who started it or why it even works.

People read it, and the best reason I can come up with is it’s like a train wreck. No one wants to see anyone get hurt or for anything like that to happen, but when it does, bystanders can’t help but look.

They can’t seem to look away. I guess it’s a similar concept.

Either way, we try to do our best to report it in a tasteful way no matter the situation.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com