But I think anyone in a potentially life-threatening situation should be protected. It can be a citizen/amateur reporter, or an experienced journalist, but all should be careful and wary of their surroundings.
These images are true and real -- and captured by regular Joes, like you and me. A quick snapping cameraphone/smart phone, a Twitter account, some practical safety items, and a good ear and eye might be all you need to capture a moment that could very easily go viral and create history. Good luck out in the field.