I was reminded yesterday when editing a story about a World War II veteran who saw action at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, that some journalists (reporters and editors) will use modern or incorrect terms terms to describe something that occurred during World War II. The story stated the veteran was part of a UDT unit and was a frogman at the Normandy beaches. The cutline under one of the photos read "a SEAL team invading Normandy." There were no UDT units, and certainly no SEAL teams at Normandy. In this case, it was a story about a sailor who trained at the Amphibious Training Base, Fort Pierce (Fla.) to be … [Read more...]
The most common errors reporters and editors make when writing or editing stories about the military.
The U.S. Senate approved a resolution yesterday declaring March 30 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." Very nice, but the Senate screwed up, and as journalists, you shouldn't. … [Read more...]
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Don't write someone was honored with a 21-gun salute unless it looks, and sounds like this. … [Read more...]