Real-Time Reporting

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During Operation Iraqi Freedom more than five hundred reporters were embedded in U.S. military units. These reporters ate, drank, and slept with the troops. They also faced many of the same dangers the military faced. For the first time ever, Americans at home had real-time, front-line views of what our troops were experiencing at war. This thorough and well-written book examines the history of war-time reporting from the first war photos taken during the Civil War to the current fighting in the Middle East. With thoughtful examination of both sides, it looks at the balance needed between freedom of the press and security during wartime, and the different ways the United States government has dealt with this issue over the last two centuries. Special attention is given to the most recent wars. Included is a discussion on whether up-close, real-time reporting gives people at home a better understanding of the war, or fragmented pictures out of context. A time-line, glossary and index are included along with many full-color photographs. This book is part of the "War in Iraq" series by ABDO and Daughters. 2004, ABDO and Daughters/ABDO Publishing Company, Ages 8 to 12.
— Rebecca Watson
Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Hamilton's book opens with a picture from an electronics store where all of the TVs are tuned to events in Iraq, the "living room war." The author asks, "Did today's real-time reporting help our understanding of what really happened in the war with Iraq?" Ultimately this question can only be answered when the distance and perspective of history are applied. The author does offer a clear description of the concept of "embedded" journalists and gives a concise history of the press in earlier American conflicts. There is too brief a mention of al-Jazeera, the Arabic television network, although the text mentions that instances of pro-American and pro-Iraqi biases can be found in most media coverage. Short chapters with numerous photographs and graphics, a concluding time line, and a page of "fast facts" make this cursory overview of the topic a serviceable starting point for reports. However, the lack of sources or a list for further reading is a serious and rather obvious shortcoming.-Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591974970
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: War In Iraq
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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