Journalism: The Story of Technology and Covering War
Date of this Version
Schoening, J. Journalism:The Story of Covering War [Audio podcast]. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Throughout history, war has been an integral part to determine who the powerhouse and rulers are of the time. As technology advances, so too must the methods reporters use in their coverage. Although war is constantly happening, it takes a journalist to share the answers of “who, what, when, where, why, how” that the public across the globe seeks out. Starting as far back as World War II, journalism pieces began spreading exponentially faster as the radio began to take hold in homes across the United States. By taking an analytical look at past data points and analyzing stories shared by former war correspondents, this research-based Podcast series shares the story of the technological revolutions that have allowed journalists to share their stories in a war at a faster rate through time. The main focus for the podcast series is on the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Middle East involvements of the United States up to the modern era of journalism and war. The Korean War provides the baseline of technology in the coverage of a war. The Korean War shows where technology started and gives a notable reference point for how quickly technology has developed. The Vietnam War was an example for the world to see how gruesome war could become as reporters sent out photos and reports as soon as possible to keep the public updated. The increased rate brought about a complex array of feelings by the public, only possible through the development of sharing more news through technology. As technology improved, film transforming to digital and digital transforming to satellite coverage, the media has been able to publish stories at an increased volume and turnover rate. With the possibility of social media coverage and live-streaming operations available to reporters, soldiers, and citizens, the guidelines of journalism continue to evolve and change as time passes.