In my book “Military Reporters and Editors Stylebook” I devote a chapter on what a journalist should do to gear up before going to cover a conflict.I cover what to pack, getting your documents together, and include several training companies that offer realistic training for journalists.
Washington Post reporter, Ed O’Keefe, went to one of the training camps which taught him how to navigate through landmines, render first aid and how to act during an ambush. He said the six-and-a-half-week training course helped prepare him for what to expect in Iraq.
Poynter associate editor Mallory Jean Tenore interviews O’Keefe and my Military Reporters and Editors Association colleague, Sig Christenson, of the San Antonio Express-News on their training experience.
Read the story at the Poynter Institute.