By Mark Memmott

After reporting about the desperate conditions for residents of a Port-au-Prince nursing home, the Associated Press' Alfred de Montesquiou didn't just walk away with a compelling story.

He returned to check on the residents and deliver a case of water, the AP says:

To do that, he had to push through a large throng of thirsty refugees with the water in hand -- not easy -- but he managed to hang on and deliver it. The elderly patients said it was the only water they have received from anyone since the crisis began.

De Montesquiou isn't alone in getting involved in the story, as TV viewers have learned in recent days while watching the news networks' medical correspondents stepping in to help care for the injured.

As AP Senior Managing Editor John Daniszewski notes:

Of course, journalists are human and normally in such situations will set aside their cameras and notebooks to offer help, giving away whatever food or water they have on them. But that misses the larger point that by doing their jobs they have a more effective way to assist people in need.

categories: Accidents and Disasters, News Media

9:55 - January 18, 2010