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Journalism students react to brutal slayings of American journalists

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Journalism students at the University of Iowa are ready to report, in places like conflict zones around the world.

With the recent brutal slayings of journalists by the Islamic militant group, ISIS, journalism students say they are ready for the risks they may face while reporting among battle-stricken areas.

"I just want to go to places that people haven't gone before," said UI journalism student Rebecca Morin.

Morin says every minute, every hour they could be putting their lives on the front lines.

She's studying international studies and hopes to report on foreign matters that impact American citizens.

"I think it's absolutely terrifying to think about going out and doing your job and being at risk," said Jordyn Reiland, The Daily Iowan editor in chief. "But I think one thing that's really important that I've learned speaking with other people from other countries that are trying to do the same thing we do everyday is how lucky we are with our first amendment and the freedoms we have."

Steven Sotloff, was beheaded in a video made public, Tuesday--following through on a threat the group made when it beheaded James Foley, another American journalists two weeks ago.

Lauren Coffey is also a journalism student studying international studies.

She's a political reporter for the university's newspaper, The Daily Iowan.

"There's risks with everything you do, but if you're passionate abut it and you want to do it, you should go for it," said Coffey.

Coffey and other student writers say it's sickening and scary knowing that the Islamic militant group, ISIS cut off the head of two American journalists but, some are willing to sacrifice their lives, to go overseas.

"My words bring awareness and like change an issue and I do happen to get killed, like I saved someone else's life," said Coffey

They say having the freedom of telling stories, no matter the environment will hopefully bring about change.

"It is what it is, and someone has to do it," said Coffey. "I'd rather be the person than somebody else.

The video surfaced days after Sotloff's mother pleaded with the leader of ISIS for mercy.

ISIS vowed to keep killing unless the United States stopped airstrikes.

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