The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.

Embedded Journalist
Embedded journalist

A new term for an old concept. Indeed, ‘[t]he tradition of the “embed” is well established, from the earliest correspondents in the nineteenth century through to … the Second World War and Vietnam’ (Freedman, 2004: 67–8). In the words of the US Government, embedded journalists ‘live, work and travel as part of the units with which they are embedded to facilitate maximum, in-depth coverage of US Forces in combat’ ( Recognizing that ‘media coverage of any future operation will, to a large extent, shape public perception of the National Security environment’, the US Government recently acknowledged that ‘our people in the field need to tell our story’ (ibid.). Embedded journalists are viewed as the best way to achieve this propaganda aim.

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