Journalists from around the globe travel to cover Ferguson story

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by News 4 Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 11:07 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Ferguson, Missouri is usually a peaceful suburb in North County, but it’s been anything but that lately.  And that unrest has led to a major media influx.

"I feel like I'm just a part of this large media circus that's consumed- this three blocks," said Al-Jazeera’s Ryan Schussler.  Schussler, who is from Kirkwood, hopes to show the positive stories coming out of Ferguson.
 
On three blocks of West Florissant, Ferguson is drawing recognizable names, faces, and attention from around the world.
 
Even journalists from Asia made it to Ferguson.
 
“Vietnam Television is the biggest television station in Vietnam,” Tran Viet Hung said.
 
Their mission: To tell the story surrounding Michael Brown and the events that have followed.
 
For Mickey Osterreicher of the National Press Photographers Association, Ferguson is about First Amendment rights.  He made a trip across the country after two journalists from the Huffington Post and Washington Post were arrested last week. 
 
“I think it's problematic when there's more media than there are protestors. That always looks a little suspect,” Osterreicher said. “But it is what it is. And the media is just trying to do the best job that it can."
 
It’s not just credentialed media making their way to Ferguson.  Nick Sosin said he’s a citizen journalist.
 
“It’s important to be out here, to see what’s going first hand,” he told News 4.

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