Our National Security Specialization is now in its second academic year. We have nine masters’ students participating in the Fall 2013 quarter. A unique offering among journalism schools nationwide, the specialization gives students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and hands-on reporting expertise needed to excel in covering some of the most crucial stories of our times – those affecting the national security of our country.
Potential stories range from increased use of drones to patrol U.S. borders and communities around the country and cybersecurity attacks on domestic infrastructure like oil pipelines to the refocusing of the military to the Asia Pacific region and the problems facing today’s veterans. Meet the specialists.
In one of our newest “NSZ 101″ how-to guides, Nolan Peterson , a former special operations pilot and a combat veteran with multiple degrees in political science, French and journalism, offers his insights, suggestions and recommendations from an insider perspective on how to most effectively and successfully cover the military. → Read the story.
Meantime, Frank Smyth, executive director of Global Journalist Security, discusses the ever-evolving security threats the journalists face each day. ”For any journalist dealing with any sensitive information and sources, digital safety is becoming an increasingly integral part of the practice of good journalism,” he says.
His introductory guide can direct journalists on where to get more information and how to start bringing themselves up to speed. The field of digital safety remains daunting. Learning the concepts and skills needed to protect information and sources demands a personal commitment of what journalists value most: their energy and time.