Photographer's Perspective: Confronting Human Emotion

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WESLACO- Photojournalists are sometimes the first ones to show up to the scene of a major breaking news story. They may even be the first to speak with victims or their loved ones. It's never an easy task.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS Photojournalist Elette Garza says, "Stories you watch on our newscast probably impact you. They impact us as well."

Several recent stories over bus crashes reminded Garza about the Alton bus crash that left many students dead in 1989. A school bus collided with a soda truck. That bus then fell into a water filled caliche pit on Bryan Road and Mile 5. Twenty-one students died that day. This past week marked the 27th anniversary.

"I was in the first grade attending O'Grady Elementary in Mission when this crash happened," Garza explained.

She says it's a sensitive subject.

"Stories we run like this are sensitive. When someone has lost a loved one or has lost a home in a fire, It's not easy putting a microphone and a camera in front of the victim. As journalists we have to ask questions," Garza said.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS also works to help find answers for victims.

"Our answers might even help educate you the viewer. Just because my eyes and ears are behind the camera doesn't mean I'm shielded from emotions of some one who is suffering," Garza said.