June 2004
Quill;Jun2004, Vol. 92 Issue 5, p11
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This article provides information on the experience of war correspondent Joseph Giordono of the newspaper Stars and Stripes, who as an embedded journalist with U.S. troops in Kuwait, faced the first days of war in Iraq with the 1st Battalion and the 15th Infantry Regiment from Fort Benning, Georgia. Giordono, who is just two years into his military beat reporting career, as of June 2004, said the event changed his personal and professional approach. According to Giordono, before Iraq, he had been to several countries to report on the troops, but had never seen the kind of fighting that he reported in Iraq. In addition, Giordono said that to have a soldier whom he had just interviewed get shot in his sight was shocking and truly personalized what combat really means. Giordono said the initial days of combat demanded quick travel and immense danger, and that he went through several failed attempts to wire the story home to Stars and Stripes. His award-winning piece evolved with each movement and under a nearly impossible deadline. According to Giordono, the newspaper's satellite phones were unwieldy and required about 10 minutes to set up, from the crossing of the border through the ambush, which never gave him time to fully set up the phone. The major difficulty, according to Giordono, was captioning photos, writing a story and filing it on deadline.


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