Proposing a Variation on Embedded Reporting

Hull, Anne
September 2004
Nieman Reports;Fall2004, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p69
This article presents the author's experience in exploring the physical and psychological aftermath of war in the Walter Reed military hospital in the U.S. The war was seven weeks old when fellow reporter Tamara Jones and I decided to team up to report a story about the war wounded being shipped hope from Operation Iraqi. We met with Major General Kevin Kiley to make our request. We promised nothing except fairness and sensitivity. After meeting a dozen soldiers, we narrowed our focus to First Lieutenant John Fernandez, Private first class Garth Stewart and Danny Roberts. During the 15 days we spent at Walter Reed, Tamara and I tried to pierce through the Band of Brothers mentality that seemed to inhabit the hospital's ward. I now believe many of the soldiers were still in some form of shock. No soldier was willing to publicly criticize the U.S. to the decision to go to war. Our reporting took place before the mission became so messy and prolonged and before various reports on the flawed intelligence that led the U.S. to invade Iraq. After our three soldiers were discharged, we did some follow-up reporting and then spent three weeks writing the story. We struggled to find a unified voice between two writers.


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