How to Become an Embedded Foreign Journalist

by M. ScillyUpdated January 09, 2018
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Being a journalist in a foreign war zone is dangerous and potentially deadly, even at the best of times. If you want to minimize the potential dangers of reporting from the front lines, consider becoming an embedded journalist. The U.S. military embeds journalists during some of its foreign missions, allowing journalists to travel under the protection of U.S. forces. This allows journalists the ability to report from war-torn countries while minimizing their risks.

Put together a portfolio of your journalistic work. You will need to show that you are an experienced, published journalist. Include all of your noteworthy print and online publications and, if applicable, any other reporting you have done, such as television and radio work.

Prepare a resume highlighting your experience, education and professional associations. Include details about your journalism training and include information about any publications you regularly contribute to.

Contact the relevant military agency to apply for embedding. To become embedded in Iraq, contact the Combined Press Information Center at 240-553-0581 extension 3747 or by email at mnfi.mediaembed@iraq.centcom.mil. To become embedded in Afghanistan, contact U.S. Forces Afghanistan at 011-93-079-951-2919 or by email at USFOR-A-MediaRelations@afghan.swa.army.mil. For all other areas, contact the Defense Press Liaison at 202-258-4058.

Sign a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. If you are embedded, you will be required to agree to a number of conditions, including limitations on what you can report about and certain materials you must keep confidential.

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