Military Veterans in Journalism has launched the Military & Veteran Affairs Reporting Guide, an online portal that provides a range of resources for reporters covering military and veteran issues.
MVJ will officially announce the release of this resource at an MVJ-led panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day.
This portal, created thanks to support from News Corp Giving, provides several helpful items for journalists seeking guidance, including:
- A guide on reporting on military and veteran issues like post-traumatic stress and military sexual trauma
- A showcase of veterans working in the news media
- A directory of experts focused on military and veteran affairs
- A series of reporting tips from seasoned journalists in this space
The guide can be accessed at www.milvetreporting.org.
The Military & Veteran Affairs Reporting Guide serves as part cultural competency guide and part style guide. It was compiled over the past year with assistance from MVJ’s community of veterans in journalism.
The reporting tips section of the portal provides reporters with helpful articles and videos that expand on topics covered within the guide. Current articles explore military sexual trauma (MST), post traumatic stress (PTS), the hero-victim-messiah complex, embedding with and photographing service members, and women veterans’ news coverage.
The guide is a living portal that will frequently be updated with feedback from the veteran community.
The Veterans Day panel in D.C. will focus on the role of veterans in the news media. Co-hosted with the National Press Club, this event will be moderated by NPC President Jen Judson and will include the following panelists:
- Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, Navy veteran
- Zack Baddorf of Military Veterans in Journalism, Navy veteran
- Ron Nixon of the Associated Press, Marine Corps veteran
- Allison Erickson of The Texas Tribune, Army veteran