It didn’t take long for the national media to see what was happening in Missouri. The fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager had turned the town of Ferguson into a tinderbox and a symbol of African-American anger at over-zealous law enforcement. But as reporters tried to get at the story, they got caught in the crossfire.
Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University.
Jon Keller is a political analyst for WBZ.
Tom Fiedler is the dean of Boston University's College of Communication.