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November 11, 2009
Analyzing media coverage and embeds in U.S. conflicts

On this Veteran’s Day, we look at the role of journalists and their coverage of America’s conflicts.

John Maxwell Hamilton, former foreign correspondent and currently the dean of journalism at Louisiana State University, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the impact of embedded journalists and how recent coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan compares to coverage of past wars.

Hamilton, who is also the author of “Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting,” explains the current state of foreign reporting by U.S. media.




Hamilton’s book, Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting, details the practices and trends – good and bad – of a wide variety of foreign news sources. I absolutely loved reading it. Anyone who values foreign reporting really should have this book in their collection.


Regretfully John Maxwell Hamilton neglected to mention the the excellent global news coverage and timely reporting that comes across the Thompson Reuters wire. Reuters has been an excellent source of unbiased reporting on world crises, world finances and some of the beauty and oddities that make life worth living. I am sure this was an oversight. Douglas Stewart, Oak Park, Illinois, USA

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