Reporting From The Front

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During what some have called the "most televised war in history," did journalistic objectivity fall by the wayside? Were the experiences of embedded journalists in Iraq markedly different from reporters who went on their own? Reporting from the Front is a provocative look at media and the Iraq War—spanning issues from basic reporting and coverage to ethical dilemmas, personal safety, and training with the military. Featuring interviews with journalists such as Anne Garrels and Ivan Watson of NPR and Bob Schieffer and Byron Pitts of CBS, among others, Reporting from the Front offers personal insights from a wide range of correspondents, producers, editors, photojournalists, media managers, and military and defense officials about reporting on Iraq as well as on previous wars and other conflicts.

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Editorial Reviews

Philip Seib
Reporting from the Front is an invaluable resource for all who study wartime journalism. Judith Sylvester and Suzanne Huffman do a fine reporting job themselves, presenting lesson-filled stories from those who cover the battlefield and those who manage the news.
Elliot Jaspin
Reporting from the Front provides a comprehensive and fascinating series of first-person, behind-the-scenes accounts of media coverage during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Describing a different kind of war correspondent—one who does work from the inside—this useful study does a good job of raising issues about the opportunities and the problems inherent in this kind of reporting. Highly recommended.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
This is a very useful study of a different kind of war correspondent-one who works from the inside, raising both reporting opportunities, but also problems. The authors do a good job dealing with both.
Describing a different kind of war correspondent—one who does work from the inside—this useful study does a good job of raising issues about the opportunities and the problems inherent in this kind of reporting. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742530607
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Sylvester is associate professor at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. Suzanne Huffman is associate professor of journalism and broadcast journalism sequence head at Texas Christian University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Retrospective Chapter 3 Walter Cronkite, CBS Chapter 4 Bob Schieffer, CBS Chapter 5 Joe Galloway, Knight Ridder Newspapers Chapter 6 Louis A. Day, 199th Light Infantry Brigade Chapter 7 Neal Conan, NPR Part 8 Managing the War: The Military Chapter 9 What Will We Do with 600 Journalists? Chapter 10 Brian Whitman, Department of Defense Chapter 11 Major Tim Blair, Department of Defense Part 12 Managing the War: The Media Chapter 13 Eason Jordon, CNN Chapter 14 Bruce Conover, CNN Chapter 15 Earl Casey, CNN Chapter 16 Bruce Drake, NPR Chapter 17 Leonard Apcar, Chapter 18 Maria C. Thomas, NPR Online Chapter 19 Gerry Barker and Chris Kelley, Belo Interactive Part 20 Visual Journalists Chapter 21 Cheryl Diaz Meyer, The Dallas Morning News Chapter 22 Jerome Delay, Associated Press Chapter 23 Rich Johnson, Detroit Free Press Part 24 Print Journalists Chapter 25 Joseph Giordono, Stars and Stripes Chapter 26 Jim Landers, The Dallas Morning News Chapter 27 Ed Timms, The Dallas Morning News Part 28 Television Journalists Chapter 29 Sarah Dodd, KTVT-TV (CBS) Chapter 30 Ken Kalthoff, KXAS-TV (NBC5) Chapter 31 Richard Ray, KDFW-TV (FOX) Chapter 32 Byron Harris, WFAA-TV (ABC) Chapter 33 Byron Pitts, CBS Chapter 34 Jim Axelrod, CBS Chapter 35 Bill Owens, CBS/60 Minutes II Part 36 Radio Journalists Chapter 37 Ivan Watson, NPR Chapter 38 Anne Garrels, NPR Part 39 Competition and Complaints Chapter 40 The 'Most' War Part 41 Conclusion Chapter 42 Embeds versus Unilaterals Part 43 Appendixes

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