Editors React To Pentagon’s Offer Of War Training

By: Joe Strupp

Should the Pentagon be training military reporters in combat preparedness as they ready for war coverage? Editors had mixed reactions to an announcement last week from the U.S. Defense Department that it soon would offer sessions to journalists on such subjects as military customs and protection from biological and chemical weapons.

Some, including Robert Ruby, foreign editor of The Sun in Baltimore, said the idea was good. “We will put some names in [for consideration],” he told E&P.

Others, including James Smith, foreign editor of The Boston Globe, pointed out that such training would only be one element in the mix as his reporters get ready for the war: “We would not rely entirely on that because it is focused on preparations for being with U.S. troops,” not hazards they face away from troops.

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