Pen and Sword: A Journalist's Guide to Covering the Military

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Helps journalists understand military basics, how to organize a military beat, the protocol for interviewing military personnel, and many other issues.

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". . . the kind of tool every newsroom library needs."  —American Journalism Review

". . . full of detailed information on how to prepare, when to keep secrets, and what to take."  —The Walkley Magazine

"Offley's skills are especially valuable in the current reporting climate."  —IRE Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966517644
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 13
Introduction 17
Chapter 1 The U.S. Military Today: It's not your father's service 21
Military Structure Basics: Who are these people? 29
How to...Understand military rank 43
Chapter 2 The Military Press Today: Know an M-16 from an F-16? You'll succeed 59
How to...Weed out phony POWs, fake heroes, and other wannabes 69
Chapter 3 Organizing the Military Beat: Three strategies to get started 81
How to...Cover an aircraft crash 91
Chapter 4 The Public Affairs Officer: Your front door to information 101
How to...Cover intelligence intelligently 108
Chapter 5 Going to Meet the Man: Good relations with the commander pay off 113
How to...Find extraordinary stories in routine events 119
Chapter 6 Going Into the Field: Your knowledge grows on the road 125
Chapter 7 Surviving the Pentagon: The 'Puzzle Palace' is an essential stop 135
How to...Use the Early Bird 142
Chapter 8 The Defense Industry: No uniforms, lots of stories 145
How to...Decipher the defense budget 151
Chapter 9 Beware of Ambushes: The floating coffin and other horror stories 157
How to...cover a serviceman's death 165
Chapter 10 Broadcast Challenges: Tech issues make the job tougher 169
How to...Cover the nuclear story 179
Chapter 11 Using the Freedom of Information Act: It's your nuclear weapon 189
Chapter 12 The Internet, Information Technology and Military Coverage: Be sure to mine this mother lode 195
Chapter 13 Going to War I: Realtime Covering major incidents and operations 215
Chronology of U.S. Military Operations: 1981-2001 216
Chapter 14 Going to War II: The basics A reporter's preparations 231
Chapter 15 Going to War III: Covering the War on Terrorism New approaches for a new form of conflict 240
How to...Know when to keep secrets 257
Conclusion: The era of volatility 263
Epilogue 267
Appendix 1 Reading List: Reports 271
Appendix 2 Reading List: Military-Media Relations 275
Appendix 3 Reading List: Current Military Issues 277
Glossary of Acronyms 295
Index 307
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