What are your personal limits? When do you decide it’s too dangerous to proceed on a story?

It depends what day of the week you ask me. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I just feel so scared, I know that’s the end and I’m not going to cover that story anymore. Then there are days when you’re talking to a victim, and you feel their sense of resiliency and hope, and you think you have to find a way to put a human face on this issue. I don’t know whether it’s the fact that I was born in Mexico, but I do feel a deep sense of responsibility to get the story out, one way or another. So I try not to let fear be the ultimate editor. But I do listen to fear a lot, because I think it can help you stay alive.


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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner