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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Some long-time St. Louis journalists with international experience worry the executions of two American journalists could signal a new era and new low in their profession.

During a 40-year career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes has looked through the lens at more than a half dozen war zones.

He said in the past, the danger was getting caught in the cross fire. But now, journalists are the targets.

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Don Corrigan agrees. He teaches global journalism at Webster University and works with international journalists.

"This is a whole new phenomena for journalism," Corrigan said. "They haven't been singled out, held hostage, tortured and then beheaded like this."

"I think a lot of people are going to pull back from this," Forbes said. "The rules are apparently out the window."

Both men say they've seen an increase in the number of freelance journalists in conflict zones and say they may be more at risk than those working as part of a larger team.

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