Unlimited Access for Journalists Case Study by Meg

A critical evaluation of whether unlimited access by journalists to the battlefield is important to good war reporting.
# 151389 | 3,188 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | KE
Published on Jun 10, 2012 in Communication (Journalism)

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The paper focuses on whether providing journalists and reporters with unlimited access to battle fronts is essential in good war reporting. It also deals with the background of war reporting with focus on past wars such as the First and Second World Wars as well as the Vietnam War where the first televised depiction of the war was aired to millions of viewers around the world. In addition, the paper also focuses on unlimited access to journalists where it has been discovered that reporters who have unlimited access to various war zones and combat areas are able to provide a full coverage of the events of the war.

Background on War Reporting
Unlimited Access by Journalists to the War is Important to Good Reporting
Unlimited Access to Journalists during the Iraqi War

From the Paper:

"Apart from televising the conflict, the Vietnam War provided many journalists and reporters from around the world with unlimited access to the battlefront lines of the war. This unlimited access provided journalists with information and news as well as images of the battle front which were then relayed to the rest of the war. The war provided an extensive TV coverage of the various types of combat that were employed by both the Vietnamese and American soldiers. The war also demonstrated the high-tech tools of communication and technology that were employed by the news reporters and news agencies who were covering the war. The televised Vietnam War provided a foundation for real time war reporting where reporters were able to provide live news feeds while they were on the ground. Real time war reporting ensured that the public was able to gain truthful and honest information that was not doctored in any way. This however was not the case in "Dessert Storm" where majority of the news was provided by a single broadcasting network, CNN, and the news content available on Dessert Storm was doctored by the Pentagon. The Second Iraqi War was however open and journalists were accorded unlimited access to both the American and Iraqi troops who were in the battle fronts (Keane 2005)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Curran, J., (2005) What democracy requires of the media. London: Routledge
  • Keane, J., (2005) Journalism and Democracy Across Borders. London: Routledge,
  • Lindner, A.M., (2008) Controlling the media in Iraq. American Sociological Association, Vol.7, No.2, pp 32-38.
  • McCullagh, C., (2002) The production of media messages: who sets the media agenda? London: Palgrave Publishers

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