Reporters on the Job

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* An Aid Flight in Aceh: It took a bit of persistence for correspondent Eric Unmacht to hop a ride on a US helicopter delivering aid in the Aceh province of Indonesia (page 1). "You show up at the airport and there are dozens of journalists jostling for a ride," says Eric. He went back twice before getting on board. Understandably, aid deliveries take priority. David Edgarton, a press liaison for the US military operation, told Eric: "I'll tell you right now that if food or medicine or something needs to go on board, you're going to get bumped. That being said, I know how important it is to get this story out."

Eric flew south about 25 miles from the city of Banda Aceh to the village of Lamno. "We were met by smiling, waving kids. The US soldiers handed out food to Indonesian soldiers and police on the ground, who loaded it into a pickup truck. I jumped out and tried to talk to some of the villagers, who led me to the the person in charge - another Indonesian soldier."

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