Journalists, Embedded

Embedded journalists are accredited members of the press attached to military units in combat. They are tasked with providing the domestic and international public with news and information, as well as a firsthand account of conflict in the 21st century. Embedded journalists are given the opportunity to live with a unit or rotate throughout a battalion during an authorized operation or campaign, in accordance with Department of Defense (DOD) policy and criteria surrounding the conflict. Their role and presence in the conflicts have increased in proportion with the public’s interest in the events of the conflicts in which the United States is participating.

Embedded journalists are distinguished from military public affairs officers, who are members of the military charged with relaying the official line of information ...

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