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Pen and Sword A Journalist's Guide to Covering the Military

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ISBN-10: 0966517644

ISBN-13: 9780966517644

Edition: 2001

Authors: Edward Offley, Ed Avis

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Helps journalists understand military basics, how to organize a military beat, the protocol for interviewing military personnel, and many other issues.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC
Publication date: 12/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

"Ed Avis, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent's Magazine and other publications, is always on the go with his two sons, Nathan and Benjamin. The Avis family ""kid-tested"" 95% of the sites in this book, from Chicago's sandy beaches to the top of its highest skyscraper."

Preface
Introduction
The U.S. Military Today: It's not your father's service
Military Structure Basics: Who are these people?
How to...Understand military rank
The Military Press Today: Know an M-16 from an F-16? You'll succeed
How to...Weed out phony POWs, fake heroes, and other wannabes
Organizing the Military Beat: Three strategies to get started
How to...Cover an aircraft crash
The Public Affairs Officer: Your front door to information
How to...Cover intelligence intelligently
Going to Meet the Man: Good relations with the commander pay off
How to...Find extraordinary stories in routine events
Going Into the Field: Your knowledge grows on the road
Surviving the Pentagon: The 'Puzzle Palace' is an essential stop
How to...Use the Early Bird
The Defense Industry: No uniforms, lots of stories
How to...Decipher the defense budget
Beware of Ambushes: The floating coffin and other horror stories
How to...cover a serviceman's death
Broadcast Challenges: Tech issues make the job tougher
How to...Cover the nuclear story
Using the Freedom of Information Act: It's your nuclear weapon
The Internet, Information Technology and Military Coverage: Be sure to mine this mother lode
Going to War I: Realtime Covering major incidents and operations
Chronology of U.S. Military Operations: 1981-2001
Going to War II: The basics A reporter's preparations
Going to War III: Covering the War on Terrorism New approaches for a new form of conflict
How to...Know when to keep secrets
Conclusion: The era of volatility
Epilogue
Reading List: Reports
Reading List: Military-Media Relations
Reading List: Current Military Issues
Glossary of Acronyms
Index