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William A. Dorman is Professor of Government at California State University, Sacramento, and has taught a course in War, Peace and the Mass Media since 1970.

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Thursday, April 10, 2003  
Wired Life: Want alternative news on Iraq war? Web's overflowing

By David Hoye -- Special to The Sacramento Bee - (April 10, 2003)

Most journalists do their jobs with publicly available information. The same holds true for those covering the war in Iraq. And, thanks to the Internet, many of the best sources are available to anyone with a computer.

Check some out:

* A big help to journalists covering the war is, which maintains, among other things, the Great Iraq Conflict Coverage Gallery (

The gallery features links to some of the best online war coverage, including war blogs, video and still images, special reports and interactive graphics.

If you are interested in how reporters work, the site is also full of links and resources that, while intended for working journalists, can be viewed by anybody. These include "A Journalist's Guide to Covering Bioterrorism" ( produced by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation.

For the complete story, see Sacramento Bee

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Wednesday, April 09, 2003  
As More Correspondents Die, Media Rethink Their Positions

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 9, 2003

The journalistic body count is rising, and some news organizations are starting to withdraw selected reporters from Iraq.

Three more journalists were killed yesterday, following the deaths of NBC's David Bloom and Atlantic Monthly editor and Washington Post columnist Michael Kelly. With the media death toll at 12, the networks are reassessing their situations, based both on safety concerns and on a sense that the once-dramatic story is running out of steam with viewers.

"I'm very nervous," said Marcy McGinnis, senior vice president of CBS News. Worrying about the correspondents "makes you a wreck. There's no point in keeping them there any longer than necessary. The risk is not worth the result." CBS may pull Jim Axelrod from the Baghdad airport. For Complete story, see Washington Post

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The Pen, Mightier Than the Minicam?

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 7, 2003

Television owns this war. We have become an embedded nation.

But readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution could learn how reporter Ron Martz knelt over a wounded civilian's stretcher, comforting the Iraqi, while his photographer held an intravenous drip bag because Charlie Company soldiers were too busy fighting. For the rest of this comparison of print to television war coverage, see Washington Post

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Monday, April 07, 2003  
Friend or foe?

For complete story, see Media Guardian, a feature of the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper and an excellent source of critical analyses dealing with media coverage of the war in Iraq.

There are two types of journalist covering the front-line war - the "embeds", on official placements with military units, and the "unilaterals", who have to take huge risks in an effort to gain an objective view of the conflict. We asked one of each to tell their story

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