A quiet genocide: U.S. Yezidis – and a supporter – share their stories
On Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, a group of United States-based Yezidis – a religious minority currently facing persecution at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS) – held a grassroots protest across the street from the United Nations headquarters in New York. Medill NSJI reporter Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory and production assistant Julian Taub spoke with Yezidis, aiming to collect their stories of persecution, frustration and hope. They were joined by one U.S. Army Special Operations veteran who first encountered the Yezidi people during his deployment to Iraq.
→ Continue to see their story.
How to prepare for an assignment abroad
Going abroad for your first international assignment can be intimidating, so Kerry Luft put together a handy guide to how to deal with being a journalist abroad.
The guide covers everything from getting your visa to staying safe. He also highlights a very important tool that all journalists should have: flexibility.
→ Continue reading our how-to guide.
The military after Iraq and Afghanistan: Watch the webinar replay
TOPIC: A Post-Kinetic World: The United States Military After Iraq and Afghanistan. Hosted by Medill National Security Journalism Initiative.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 22, 2014– 1 p.m. Eastern, 12 noon Central Time, 10 a.m. Pacific
WATCH VIDEO REPLAY: On this page.
OVERVIEW: Focusing on the three major elements of the Obama Administration’s counter-terrorism strategy, Professor Jon Caverley makes a case that direct action is a valuable tool, but journalists are underreporting the other two essential aspects of counter-terrorism that the President outlined in his recent speech at West Point.
Direct action through special operation forces and drone strikes generate headlines, says Caverley, but the second and third elements of the strategy–training of foreign militaries and American arms sales around the world—have the potential to create much larger, long term impacts on international politics.
HOST: Medill Lecturer and NSJI co-director Tim McNulty.
How-to: Covering nuclear weapons operations
Penetrating the world of nuclear weapons is not as hard for a determined journalist as you might think – or as the government might like you to think. It is secretive but not inscrutable.
If you are committed and well-prepared, you can find news in this field and illuminate an aspect of U.S. national security that can seem like an abstraction, even an anachronism, but is still relevant to the lives of all Americans.
The key is knowing where to look, how to decipher the military lingo and why it matters what is taking place within the insular world of nuclear forces. You don’t need to be a military expert or a rocket scientist.
→ Continue reading our how-to guide on covering nuclear weapons.
Story behind the story
Read how AP’s national security writer discovered problems in the nation’s nuclear defense system and wound up with a ‘months-long cascade of revelations.’