Links & Books


History of War Reporting

Newseum's War Stories Exhibit
Newseum, the museum of news, produced War Stories, an exhibit about the history of war reporting, in early 2001. The exhibit includes interviews with several generations of war reporters, from World War II to the first Gulf War, as well as an interactive feature about technology's effect on coverage of war. (2001)

Experiencing War
Every veteran has his or her own war, and each is custodian of a unique story and memories. At the Veterans History Project, we treasure the personal narratives sent to us by veterans from all wars. Vivid as if they happened yesterday, these heartfelt accounts make us laugh, cry and remember. The stories are not a formal history of war, but a treasure trove of individual feelings and personal recollections.

Discovery Times: Reporters at War
Using the war in Iraq as a reference point, this Discovery Times series focused on the history of war reporting and journalists' battles for truth, access and survival in war zones. Visit the program website to explore an interactive timeline on the history of war reporting and take a quiz to see what you know about war correspondents of the past.

Iraq War - Background

BBCi: Iraq - Conflict in Context
This excellent primer from the BBC puts the situation in Iraq into historical context with photo galleries, articles and links to other relevant sites.

Council on Foreign Relations: Iraq - Further Reading
CFR's site provides a wealth of background materials that provide context to the current situation in Iraq. Learn about the history of the region, the key political players and the events and rationale leading up to the conflict.

Iraq War - Coverage Great Iraq Conflict Coverage
This round-up of great reporting on Iraq is a good place to stop in and see some of the creative things editors and Web producers are doing online.

First-Person Reporting

Slate: Dispatches from Media Boot Camp
Mark Mazzetti is the defense correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. He attended the Pentagon's "media boot camp" the week of November 18, 2002. Read his diary.

Christopher Allbritton: Back to Iraq
Former AP and New York Daily News reporter Christopher Allbritton covered the beginning of the Iraq War in March 2003 on his blog. He was the first fully reader-funded journalist blogger on the Web. With the support of thousands of readers, he raised over $15,000. He's back in Iraq for a third time, living in Baghdad, and reporting for a variety of publications, including Time magazine.

Baghdad Journal
Last year, three students from the Berkeley School of Journalism spend a month in Iraq to work on freelance projects and see how life had been affected under what some call liberation and others, occupation. They kept this blog during their time in Iraq. (2003)

Also on PBS and NPR


POV: Regarding War
We wil never all agree about Vietnam. But that wrenching period has shaped many of us and had a huge impact on our society and culture. This site is designed as a gathering place for personal stories and a forum for dialogues about Vietnam's legacy. (1996) -- War Correspondents

Reporting America at War
In television's first comprehensive look at an extremely timely issue, Reporting America at War explores the role of American journalists in the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century and beyond. (2003)

NOW: Bill Moyers Talks with Chris Hedges
Bill Moyers interviews Chris Hedges, author of the book, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Read the transcript and access related links on the topic. (March 2003)

Online NewsHour: Covering the War
In a continuing look at the legacy of the Vietnam War, media correspondent Terence Smith talks with four guests about the war's effects on journalism. (April 20, 2000)

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly: Interview with Chris Hedges
Host Bob Abernathy interviews the author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. (January 2003) -- Iraq War/Occupation Coverage

Online NewsHour: Iraq in Transition
Up-to-date coverage of the situation in Iraq. (2004)

During the past couple of years, Frontline has produced a number of programs about the events leading up to the Iraq War, Saddam Hussein, the Iraq War, the occupation, weapons of mass destruction and other related topics. Their websites include articles, timelines and other great interactive content. Some full programs are available to watch online. (2001 - 2004)

NPR Stories

All Things Considered: The History of War Journalism
With the help of retired Navy Capt. Brayton Harris, who has written about the history of war reporting, NPR's Robert Siegel traces the ever-increasing speed with which news reports from the frontlines have been brought to the public. Siegel follows war-reporting history from the Mexican War through the 1991 Gulf War. (March 28, 2003)

NPR: War in Iraq: Public Radio Coverage and Web Logs
This collection of stories relate to the war in Iraq and how technology has changed some of the rules of reporting. (2003)

All Things Considered: Embedded in Iraq: 'In the Company of Soldiers'
NPR's Melissa Block talks with Pulitzer-prize winning author Rick Atkinson about his latest book, In the Company of Soldiers, in which he chronicles the 101st Airborne Division's time in Iraq last year. Atkinson, a reporter for The Washington Post, was embedded with the division and had complete access to the division's commander Maj. Gen. David Petraeus. (March 29, 2004)

Morning Edition: Journalists Debate Media's Role in Iraq War
Journalists from Britain and the United States gather in New York for a conference on the media's role in the Iraq war. They debate whether embedded journalists were good for journalism, and whether U.S. reporters had asked enough questions of the government prior to the war. NPR's Rick Karr reports. (July 25, 2003)