Interviewing military personnel deployed overseas is a specialized task for a journalist, requiring scrupulous preparation, detailed understanding of the realities of life in the field and sensitivity to the constraints under which soldiers operate. It also requires sensitivity to the needs and issues of military families waiting out their loved ones’ deployment.“When Veterans Come Home” — a conference sponsored by Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, the McCormick Foundation and the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in Atlanta Jan. 7 through 8, 2010 — explored the challenges journalists face covering returning soldiers. These tips were spurred by the workshop.
These days, it’s not uncommon for deployed soldiers to blog or post Facebook updates, be available for interviews via mobile phones or Skype and to keep in close touch with family and friends. This new communications landscape is a reportorial gold mine — but along with the reward, there is some risk.
Here are tips for interviewing deployed soldiers and their families.
- New Support for Returning Veterans from the National Center on Family Homelessness with Funding from the Walmart Foundation (eon.businesswire.com)
- Soldiers’ Angels & BAE Help Military Families Send Care Packages (prnewswire.com)