War and Terror

March 2004
Nieman Reports;Spring2004, Vol. 58 Issue 1, p48
This section introduces a series of articles, which covered the ways in which journalists are approaching coverage of war and terror. John Koopman, a features writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, describes how, when he returned home after reporting with a Marine regiment in Iraq, his notebooks were transformed into a thematic narrative series at the behest and with the help of his editors. On other issue, Rick Rodriguez, executive director of The Sacramento Bee, explains why his newspaper decided to allocate its resources in a different way during the war in Iraq. Rather than embedding its reporters with the military, the paper published stories and photographs from other papers and wire services. In Canada, the home and bureau office of Juliet O'Neill, a reporter at the Ottawa Citizen, were searched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after she used secret documents in reporting a story about a Syrian-born Canadian citizen who was arrested in the U.S. as a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist. Meanwhile, from cartoonist Doug Marlette's book, What Would Marlette Drive? The Scandalous Cartoons of Doug Marlette, comes words from an essay he wrote in response to criticism he received about a controversial cartoon published in his paper, the Tallahassee Democrat, and reprinted in many others.


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