Two Medill National Security Journalism Initiative faculty members and a former NSJI fellow have co-edited a legal guide for national security reporters. National Security Law in the News: A Guide for Journalists, Scholars, and Policymakers
debuted earlier this month.
“The level of public engagement in issues of national security concern has returned to levels not seen in America since the 1960s and 1970s. The discussion is at once invigorating, engaging, frustrating, and challenging. Journalists, as the
voice of a free people, are at once responsible for reporting on that discourse and, to some degree, creating it,” the co-editors say in the book’s introduction.
“This book is intended to help journalists reporting on those discussions
understand the legal underpinnings so they can provide context and avoid factual missteps.”
The book is a joint project of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security and Northwestern’s Medill School, of which the the NSJI is a part. Co-authors were NSJI co-directors Prof. Ellen Shearer and Lecturer Timothy McNulty along with Paul Rosenzweig, a lawyer and former Department of Homeland Security deputy who was NSJI’s 2011 Carnegie National Security Fellow. Continue reading
Essential Tips and Wisdom,
Straight From the Experts
In one of our “NSZ 101″ how-to guides, Peter Andrew Bosch, a veteran Miami Herald photographer who has covered conflicts on several continents, offers advice on what to bring when you head to shoot in dangerous situation, and offers tips on operating once you’re there.
His guiding principle: “the 5 ‘Ps’:” Proper preparation helps prevent a poor performance. → See the complete guide.
Meantime, Hugh Lessig of the Daily Press in Virginia offers some insights and recommendations on learning how to cover a local military installation (he’s got about a dozen in his neck of the woods).
“I’m a generalist,” Lessig explains. “My knowledge must be broad, but not deep. However, some principles apply to the job no matter what the territory, and I’ll try to cover them here.”
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