When the vacation becomes breaking news: Viola Gad on covering Paris
Viola Gad was enjoying dinner with her boyfriend at a restaurant near the concert hall Bataclan in Paris when news about one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in modern French history broke.
Being the journalist that she is, Gad took up her phone and started document what she saw.
‘‘I really started to think about how I could publish videos and pictures,’’ Gad tells Smashdig. ‘‘I got on Twitter, too, mostly to communicate with people. It came natural to me.’’
Friday’s terror attacks left over 120 people dead and many more injured. The world’s media turned its attention to the French capital and embarked on a live coverage lasting days.
Just a few hours after the tragedy, the KIT reporter wrote a first-person account where she detailed her experience at the restaurants in the hours following the attack.
Gad decided to stay in Paris throughout the weekend and her vacation turned into a work trip.
‘‘I rather talk to people than walk around being scared,’’ Gad says. ‘‘I had a few American journalist friends who asked me if I could do an interview with Time, I said yes. But they said they understood if I was in shock and didn’t want to put me through that. But I never thought of myself as in shock.’’
But in the days following the attacks, Gad describes herself being scared twice.
‘‘The first time was on the Saturday when we were on the Metro and it stopped. The lights went out and it got completely dark,’’ Gad says.
The second time was the next day when the journalist and her boyfriend saw 40 people with frightened looks on their faces running towards them.
‘‘We hid in a doorway for 20 minutes,’’ Gad recalls. ‘‘It turned out to be someone setting off fireworks. They [the people] thought it was another shooting.’’KITViola GadParis