New developments in the field: brave new world or plus ça change?

Tim Markham

in The Politics of War Reporting

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719085284
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702642 | DOI:
New developments in the field: brave new world or plus ça change?

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This chapter deals with recent developments in war reporting, including military media management, technology and the rise of citizen journalism. For pooled journalists, the imposition of a daily routine was vocally resisted, but it seems to have effected a structuration of the perceived role of the reporter. For embedded journalists, there is a similar loss of control over broad scheduling and everyday routines, along with a distinct means of signifying one's integrity as a journalist. An alternative future sees news organisations deploying more war correspondents. It is suggested that the correspondent's experience of war is being inexorably transformed from a material to a virtual one. It then considers Salam Pax, who rose to celebrity status by blogging about the invasion of Iraq on his website and in the UK's Guardian newspaper. The future field of war reporting will be shaped by developments in media management, technology and cultural shifts.

Keywords: war reporting; military media management; technology; citizen journalism; pooled journalists; embedded journalists; Salam Pax; war correspondents

Chapter.  7631 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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