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The kidnapping and beheading of freelance photojournalist James Foley by Islamic State militants in Syria is a grim reminder of the dangers facing reporters in danger zones. Many journalists enter hot spots with minimal safety training and little institutional protection, especially if they're freelancers. We consider the risks involved in covering today's international conflicts and examine how the new media landscape is affecting best practices for journalists.
FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?