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Reporters on the Job

March 22, 2007



Who's Playing Me? While correspondent Joshua Mitnick was interviewing a spokesman about a mock terrorist attack in Israel Wednesday, in the background there were actors performing as reporters.

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"It was somewhat surreal to see yourself being played by actors," Josh says.

He was covering a civil-defense response to a chemical attack on an elementary school in a Tel Aviv suburb (see story). Actors played the wounded children and civilians, as well as foreign correspondents.

"Their job was to do what journalists often do: move in a scrumlike pack up to the police line and to protest over not being able to get closer. Each actor had a sheet of paper on his chest identifying him or her as CNN, BBC, or France 24," says Josh.

He didn't see anyone wearing a Christian Science Monitor sign. "In fact, I didn't see any print organizations represented," he says.

But there was a director, giving the actors cues in Hebrew, such as, "OK, now demand that 'It's the right of the public to know what's happening.' "

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