Source:Sam LaGrone, Sig Christenson and Sarah Rafique
Affiliation:USNI News, San Antonio Express-News and KTRK-Houston
The military has its own unique culture. But despite its exclusivity, the Pentagon requires a consistent level of scrutiny from the working press on behalf of the American people as they too have problems we see in everyday society. From war on foreign battlefields and secret classified missions to sexual assault and post-traumatic stress, service members can be voiceless as they are often discouraged from speaking candidly to the media. Beyond the troops, understanding the flow of billions in defense spending and how they touch communities around the country is hard. For the new or even seasoned reporter, the task of covering the largest U.S. government agency can be daunting. This session will be current "notes from the field" from experienced journalists on how to navigate these closed-off waters in order to effectively report on the U.S. military.