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TOP STORIES: 

Journalists Die in Iraq
David Bloom, NBC correspondent (4/6)
Michael Kelly, editor and columnist (4/4)

NBC Journalists Captured Tuesday, Released Friday (5/29/04)
Poynter’s Al Tompkins explores the capture and relase of NBC reporters.

The Tug of War
Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark explores what motivates warrior reporters. (4/25/2003)

Newsday Exec Talks About Missing Days
Poynter’s
Pam Johnson interviews Charlotte Hall about how the newsroom
functioned from the time Matthew McAllester and Moises Saman
disappeared to the moment they called in, safe. (4/23/2003) >>Read more about this

Journalists and War Souvenirs
Poynter’s Bob Steele discusses what happens when journalists exploit the spoils of war.

Embedded Journal
Jules Crittenden wrote for Poynter Online from his embedded position in Iraq. (Updated 4/23/03 – Previous entries)

Media Map of Iraq
Poynter’s Robin Sloan tracked embedded and other journalists as they cover the war in Iraq.



HEADLINES:

Homefront
Local coverage of war-related news, including impact on lives back home, anti-war initiatives, and various military angles.

Dispatches
Links to coverage of the Iraq conflict by journalists reporting from overseas. 

Coverage Diary
Stories
and notes from journalists covering various dimensions of the Iraq
conflict, especially focused on journalistic questions, challenges, and
lessons learned.

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    RESOURCES:

    FAIR: Iraq Resources
    FACSNet: Conflict with Iraq 
    Reuters: AlertNet
    PBS: Frontline Special on Iraq
    RTNDA: Terrorism | War
    NewsLab: War Planning | Covering Iraq
    Fox: Weapons Handbook
    CBS: Disaster Links
    SAJA: War Reporting Tips & Myths
    AJ-C: Surviving War
    AJR: Preparing for War
    CJR: Weighing the Risks | Perspectives on War | Afghanistan and Beyond
    Newseum: Drawing on War | War Stories
    Freedom Forum: Frontline Journalism
    CPJ: Covering Conflicts Safely | Buildup in the Gulf
    PowerReporting.com: Disasters | Terrorism
    API: Beyond the Battle — Bringing Global Stories Home
    Digital Journalist: Inside Iraq | The Unseen Gulf War
    Lost Remote: War Diaries
    CyberJournalist.Net: Conflict Coverage Diary
    New York Times: Iraq Navigator
    Media Guardian: Iraq — The Media War
    War TV: Your source for 24-hour live streaming news
    American Copy Editors Society: Iraq FAQ
    Society of Professional Journalists: Guide to the Geneva Conventions
    Librarians’ Index to the Internet: War and Peace
    Special Libraries Association: Iraq (War on Terrorism)

    Helpful organizations
    Military Reporters and Editors
    Institute for War & Peace Reporting
    Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
    International Press Institute
    Public Agenda Online
    Council on American-Islamic Relations

    MORE SUBJECTS

    Design

    Diversity

    One Region, Multiple Faiths
    Aly Colon on pluralities
    “There is no such thing as Islam,” one professor said. “There are Islams, Christianities, and Judaisms.” (2/25/03)

    Ethics

    War News in Final Days: How KSTP Decided to Roll Tape (10/30/04)
    Poynter’s
    Scott Libin talks with one local station about how they decided to air
    footage of explosives reportedly missing from a munitions facility in
    U.S.-occupied Iraq.

    Private and Public: What Jouranlists Reveal About Themselves (10/8/04)
    Poynter’s Aly Colón writes about one journalist’s e-mail home, and what the impact of the e-mail was.

    1,000 Dead: Journalism By the Numbers (9/9/04)
    Aly Colón explores the context behind the count: What does it mean that 1,000 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq?

    L.A. Times Photographer Fired Over Altered Image
    Poynter’s Kenny Irby talks with the L.A. Times and Hartford Courant about the manipulated photo and what has happened since it was published. Plus, view the before and after images. (4/3/03)

    Was Arnett’s Firing Fair?
    Poynter’s Ethics faculty debates the dismissal of the National Geographic, NBC, and MSNBC correspondent. (4/1/03)

    Deciding When and How to use Images
    Poynter’s
    Aly Colón provides journalists with some questions to ask when
    evaluating whether to show images of the dead. (3/24/03)

    Hold on to Your Independence
    Poynter’s
    Aly Colón reminds embedded and other journalists that it is possible –
    even desirable — to get close to subjects without giving away your
    freedom to report. (3/21/03)

    Editorial Page Editor Grapples With Conflict
    Kelly McBride talks with Doug Floyd
    Floyd:
    “If you have a staff full of writers, editors and photographers who
    have no convictions … then you’re going to get dishwater journalism.”
    (2/21/03)

    When Journalists Become Actors on the Political Stage
    Bob Steele Talks About Ethics
    Steele:
    “Journalists who publicly oppose or support the war effort … become
    the actors. They cease to be responsible reporters or credible critics
    of what takes place on the stage.” (2/21/03)

    Virtual Roundtable: U.S. and Iraq Coverage
    Poynter’s 2002 Ethics Fellows model the discussion and debate. (10/10/02)

    War Correspondents: Duty & Danger 
    The
    authority of the reporting is a product of a war correspondent’s
    ability to effectively balance the challenges of access to action with
    the significant risks to personal safety. (11/22/01)

    Journalists at Risk: Editors Talk Safety
    A
    team from the St. Petersburg Times found themselves in trouble in
    Pakistan. Hear how newsroom leaders react to such challenges. (10/10/01)

    Terrorism and War

    Eight Dark Days in an Iraqi Prison
    “It’s not often you get that kind of access,” Newsday reporter Matthew McAllester says. Robin Sloan talks to him about his captivity. (4/11/03)

    The Troops and the Media
    Most
    embedded journalists follow the rules of the military-press
    relationship, but that’s not always the public perception. Karen Dunlap
    explains. (4/8/03)

    They’re Out! Newsday Journalists Safe in Jordan
    Poynter’s Kenny Irby was on the phone with Newsday’s Asst. ME when the news broke that its two journalists were safe. (4/2/03)

    Commentary
    Poynter’s Gregory Favre questions whether his charity of choice is truly United over Susan Sarandon talk. (3/28/03)

    Vulnerable Sources
    Poynter’s
    Al Tompkins provides tips for interviewing victims and others who may
    be uncomfortable telling their stories. (3/26/03)

    War in Iraq Claims Four Journalists
    An
    Australian cameraman and British reporter have been confirmed
    dead, and two other British journalists are still missing. (3/23/03)

    Take Back the Language
    Poynter’s Keith Woods encourages journalists to use political and military language carefully. (3/20/03)

    Chris Hedges on War and the Press
    As
    fighting begins, former war correspondent and the author of “War is a
    Force That Gives Us Meaning” talks to Poynter Online about the culture
    of war. (3/19/2003)

    War Tips for News Websites with Small Staffs
    Poynter’s
    Steve Outing has some suggestions for maximizing war coverage with
    minimal staff. The webmaster of a one-man site shares his plan. (3/19/2003)

    Owning the Big Story
    Poynter’s Jill Geisler explains ABC’s strategy Monday night. (3/18/03)

    High Noon with Iraq
    Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark explores the narrative technique of “counting down” until the conflict comes to a head. (3/18/03)

    Letters from Iraq
    Poynter alum Borzou Daragahi is in Iraq and writes from there. (3/18/03 – Previous entries)

    From ENG to SNG: TV Technology for Covering Iraq
    Poynter Fellow Mike Wendland describes the new TV technology networks are using for covering the conflict. (3/6/03)

    Your Editor, Your Lifeline
    Poynter President Jim Naughton explores the relationship between correspondents abroad and newsrooms back home. (3/5/03)

    Online Producer Goes to War
    Poynter’s
    Steve Outing talks with Ben Arnoldy about his work for CSMonitor.com
    and what it will be like to be the first embedded journalist dedicated
    primarily to web work. Read Ben Arnoldy’s Kuwait journal. Ask him a question. (2/27/03)

    Reflections on Military Reporting
    Whether you’re covering the homefront or deployed with troops, learn where the stories are and how to get them. (3/3/03)

    The Press Under Fire: Media & Terrorism
    Report from Boston Panel in honor of Daniel Pearl
    Larry Ingrassia, a Journal editor who had been Pearl’s London bureau chief: “I fear (deaths) are part of the turf.” (2/24/03)

    Understanding Iraq
    Robin Sloan reviews the history
    Three key points put today’s Iraq into context. (2/24/03)

  • Profiling Casualties (3/23/03)
  • Official War News (3/20/03)
  • War and How we Got Here (3/20/03)
  • Keeping Hope Alive (3/19/03)
  • The Leader’s Watchful Eye (3/17/03)
  • War: What is it Good For? (3/12/03
  • Planning for Crises (3/10/03)
  • Embed This! (3/4/03)
  • Rather Impressive Hussein Interview
  • Hut, Two, Three, Fo’, See Reporters Go to War (2/12/03)
  • Covering the Iraq Crisis (12/16/02)
  • Websites for Covering War (10/1/02)
  • Interview Voyeurism (8/30/02)
  • Covering the World (8/20/02)
  • Keeping a Safe Distance (12/21/01)
  • Newspapers’ War Spending: Tony Ridder’s View (11/6/01)
  • The War of Words (10/15/01)
  • The Invisible Uniform (10/10/01)
  • Reflections on Leadership: Managing the Staff, not the Story (10/1/01)
  • Truthful Propaganda (9/26/01)
  • Covering War (9/18/01)
  • The Language of War (9/12/01)
  • When a Journalist Goes to War (2/20/01)
  • Women on the Frontline (4/28/00)
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