Updated MRE conference agenda

The Military Reporters and Editors 2017 conference is schedule for 8:30 a.m. March 31 at the Politico building, 1000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington Va.To register for the conference, click here.

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MRE board selects John Donnelly as new president

After an electronic election over the weekend, the MRE board selected John Donnelly, senior writer at Congressional Quarterly’s Defense and Foreign Policy Team, as the new president of the organization. [Read more…]

2017 Board of Directors and Officers Election Results

Military Reporters & Editors association is pleased to announce the results of the election of 10 MRE members who will lead the organization, effective March 31, 2017. The terms are for two years. The new board will elect the next president at its first meeting. [Read more…]

Military reporters sought for survey

My name is Matthew Stroup and I am a Navy PAO currently at San Diego State University. A colleague in the U.S. Navy Public Affairs closed group on Facebook recommended I contact your association. [Read more…]

Stories on Veterans’ Opoid Use, Russia-U.S. Ties in ISIS Fight, SEAL Team 6 win Military Reporters and Editors Awards

WASHINGTON – The Military Reporters and Editors association has awarded its journalism prizes for 2015-2016 to reporters and photographers for stories on veterans’ lack of health care, World War II, Seal Team 6, the complex history of Russia-U.S. relations, problems with military survivors’ benefits and more. [Read more…]

Candidates for the 2017 MRE Board of Directors

The following members are candidates for the board of directors and officer positions. The election is by electronic ballot, and will be sent to all active members on March 14, 2017 (check your spam folder, just in case). Election closes March 19, 2017. To renew your membership go to https://www.regonline.com/mre.
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MRE Statement in Support of Freedom of the Press

Statement in Support of Freedom of the Press

“In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the government.”  Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

As organizations committed to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and the press, we are alarmed by the efforts of the President and his administration to demonize and marginalize the media and to undermine their ability to inform the public about official actions and policies.   [Read more…]

MRE Conference March 31, 2017

Air Force Gen. John Hyten

Save the Date!

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, will kick off Military, Reporters and Editors’ 2017 conference at 9 a.m., March 31. Hyten, who has led the command since November 2016 and previously served as the head of Air Force Space Command, will speak about the Defense Department’s efforts to modernization the nuclear triad.

The conference, which will include a mix of news maker and professional development seminars, will be held at the Politico building, 1000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington Va. Conference attendees are invited to attend a happy hour event, sponsored by Medill’s National Security Journalism Initiative, at Politico immediately following the conference.

Click here to register for the event.

2015 & 2016 Journalism contest is open.

THE CONTEST DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 3, 2017.

The annual MRE Journalism Contest and Awards recognize outstanding military reporting in several categories. Highlight your work that was published or broadcasted from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2016; two years.  [Read more…]

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…]