EPISODE 20: VETERANS IN JOURNALISM: THE UNIQUE VALUE AND CHALLENGES OF MILITARY VETS IN THE NEWSROOM
The media often covers wars, foreign policy and military issues — but these stories aren’t often told by reporters who have also served in the military. How do we encourage more vets to bring their valuable insight to jobs in media, and make newsrooms more aware of the barriers veterans face when breaking into the industry? On Episode 20 of “Informed and Engaged,” Knight Foundation’s LaSharah S. Bunting will speak with Zack Baddorf, executive director and co-founder of Military Veterans in Journalism, Thomas Brennan, executive director of The War Horse, and Priya Sridhar, political reporter for NBC 7, on the insights, barriers and value newsrooms gain when they hire military veterans.
PROVIDED BY GUESTS
- The War Horse has held four writing seminars since 2016 and trained 50 veterans and military families. Check out the impact that War Horse Fellows have had: www.thewarhorse.org/impact
- Recently, the War Horse team investigated the Marine Corps’ cultural norms that led to the silencing of a sexual assault victim. (CW: military sexual assault): https://thewarhorse.org/retaliation-gag-order-marine-corps-silences-woman-sexual-assault-victim-thae-ohu-investigation
- This morning, Thomas and his team published a follow up article on the experience of sexual assault survivors in the Marine Corps. (CW: military sexual assault): https://thewarhorse.org/senior-marine-corps-legal-counsel-ridicules-defendant-thae-ohu-court-martial-hearing/
- MVJ recently announced their top 10 military veterans in journalism for 2020. Read about the winners, their work here: https://www.mvj.network/the-top-10-military-veterans-in-journalism-of-2020/
- A DC Guardsman who was on duty during the insurrection recounts how the day went for the people charged with keeping order: https://thewarhorse.org/military-capitol-guardian-soldier-national-guard-insurrection-attack/
- Military Veterans in Journalism is an association that provides opportunities and resources for the professional development of veterans. Learn more about how they support vets here: https://www.mvj.network/
- Priya was able to become a Public Affairs Officer in the Navy Reserves through the Direct Commission Program.