Each year, the University of Kansas hosts a weeklong workshop for journalists who want to learn more about covering the military.
The intensive week-long program is designed to help reporters, editors, producers and bloggers learn more about covering the military. The fourth annual workshop provides an introduction to military structure, function, strategy, tactics and training. The program pays for journalists’ lodging, meals and airfare.
The workshop, funded by the McCormick Foundation, allows journalists to embed for a week with officers at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Dates are Sept. 25-30.
The workshop is free. The McCormick Foundation pays all expenses including round-trip air to Kansas City, ground transportation, lodging, and meals.
All information provided at the workshop is on-the-record. The workshop provides opportunities for daily stories as well as features.
Journalists who attend the workshop should be early to mid-career reporters or editors working near military bases, beat reporters covering the military, or journalists who have an interest in covering military issues. It is designed for journalists who have little or no background covering the military and for journalists with no active-duty military experience.
The workshop will be based at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. It is designed to help reporters learn more about today’s military. The workshop is part of a larger effort to increase the knowledge of the press and the military about each others’ roles in supporting the First Amendment.
The workshop provides an intense learning experience for journalists. Members of the press will embed with Army Majors going through command training and will live a day in the life of a ground soldier preparing for duty. Journalists will attend workshops with senior general officers and have the opportunity to interview officers who will be stationed at military bases in the reporters’ hometowns.
Application is easy. Send a current resume and a letter of interest by July 1 to:
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Room 200, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66047