Pentagon’s Law of War manual revises military journalists’ status

The Pentagon has revised its Law of War manual.

Concerns were raised by Military Reporters & Editors Association members last year at the organization’s conference when the manual was initially released. Sections of the manual were written in such a manner that field commanders could classify civilian journalists as enemy combatants.

“Military, Reporters & Editors was very happy to see that the Pentagon heard our concerns and updated the Law of War manual to make it clear that journalists are not combatants. There should no longer be a question as to whether a reporter operating down range will be punished simply for doing his or her job,” said MRE president Amy McCullough.

The revised manual clarifies the section, and sets journalists as protected civilians. [Read more…]

Adm. Rogers to speak at MRE event about Cyber Command

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN. Commander of Cyber Command

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN. Commander of Cyber Command

UPDATE: Unfortunately, we have cancelled this event due to a last minute schedule conflict. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

 

 

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, will speak at a Military Reporters & Editors event at 11 a.m., Monday, May 16, 2016, at the Air Force Association building, 1501 Lee Highway in Arlington, Va. [Read more…]

FOIA site helps reporters

A useful tool for those sending FOIA requests to the DoD or departments.
The tool give you the percentage of requests denied, average length of time, backlog, previously sent FOIA requests, what other journalists are searching for. [Read more…]

MRE looking for speakers

MRE_150Dear members,

MRE is looking for a few good men and women—to speak.

We have been talking with the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Md., about how our organization and the military’s school for its uniformed and civilian public affairs officers could become better acquainted. [Read more…]

Polk Awards

MRE_150Long Island University (LIU) announced the winners of the 67th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. Included were these journalists who covered the military and conflicts around the world. [Read more…]

A letter from MRE President Amy McCullough

Dear Members,

Military Reporters & Editors saw a lot of success in 2015, but we need your help to ensure this year is even better. [Read more…]

MRE member Dan Lamothe receives CNAS Fellowship

 

Dan Lamothe

Dan Lamothe

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS)  announced today the selection of the 2016 Next Generation National Security Leaders, including Military Reporters & Editors board member, Dan Lamothe. [Read more…]

MRE condemns deadly attack on Afghan journalists

MRE_150Statement by Military Reporters & Editors’ President Amy McCullough

“Military Reporters & Editors strongly condemns the Jan. 20, 2016 Taliban attack that killed seven journalists working for a private Afghan television station. The suicide bombing also injured at least 25 others, including some women.

“Many of our members have worked with foreign journalists in Afghanistan, and we have great respect for their work and the difficulties they face in covering the news in that war-torn country. As the United States draws down its forces from Afghanistan, there are fewer opportunities for our members to cover the news there, thus it becomes the responsibility of local news organizations to educate their own citizens as well as the American people about what’s happening in the region.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and we send our deepest condolences to their families. We also stand firmly behind the journalists who continue to risk their lives to report the truth,” said MRE President Amy McCullough.

MRE member wins Jury Award at film festival

Military Reporter & Editor Association board member, Alex Quade, won the Jury Award at the Monarch Film Festival in California last week for her three documentaries on Special Operations Forces. During press interviews, Alex discussed embedded journalism. [Read more…]

MRE member talks journalism at press coverage of documentaries

MRE Board member, Alex Quade, talked about journalism and being an embedded reporter during three press interviews in California, in anticipation of her Special Forces documentaries screening at the Monarch Film Festival this week. [Read more…]