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A war correspondent is a journalist who covers stories firsthand from a war zone. They were also called special correspondents.
War correspondents' jobs bring them to the most conflict-ridden parts of the world. Once there, they attempt to get close enough to the action to provide written accounts, photos, or film footage. Thus, this is often considered the most dangerous form of journalism. On the other hand, war coverage is also one of the most successful branches of journalism. Newspaper sales increase greatly in wartime, and television news ratings go up. News organizations have sometimes been accused of militarism because of the advantages they gather from conflict. William Randolph Hearst is often said to have encouraged the Spanish-American War for this reason. (See Yellow journalism)
Only some conflicts receive extensive worldwide coverage, however. Among recent wars, the Kosovo War received a great deal of coverage, as did the Persian Gulf War. In contrast, the largest war in the last half of the 20th century, the Iran-Iraq War, received far less substantial coverage. This is typical for wars among less-developed countries, as audiences are less interested and the reports do little to increase sales and ratings. The lack of infrastructure makes reporting more difficult and expensive, and the conflicts are also far more dangerous for war correspondents.
People have written about wars for thousands of years. Herodotus's account of the Persian Wars is similar to journalism, though he did not himself participate in the events. Thucydides, who some years later wrote a history of the Peloponnesian War was a commander and an observer to the events he described. Memoirs of soldiers became an important source of military history when that specialty developed. War correspondents, as specialized journalists, began working after the printing of news for publication became commonplace.
Early film and television news rarely had war correspondents. Rather, they would simply collect footage provided by other sources, often the government, and the news anchor would then add narration. This footage was often staged as cameras were large and bulky until the introduction of small, portable motion picture cameras during World War II. The situation changed dramatically with the Vietnam War when networks from around the world sent cameramen with portable cameras and correspondents. This proved damaging to the United States as the full brutality of war became a daily feature on the nightly news.
News coverage gives combatants an opportunity forward information and arguments to the media. By this means, conflict parties attempt to use the media to gain support from their constituencies and dissuade their opponents. The continued progress of technology has allowed live coverage of events via satellite up-links and the rise of twenty-four hour news channels has led to a heightened demand for material to flll the hours.
William Howard Russell, who covered the Crimean War, also for The Times, is often described[by whom?] as the first modern war correspondent. The stories from this era, which were almost as lengthy and analytical as early books on war, took numerous weeks from being written to being published.
When the telegraph was developed, reports could be sent on a daily basis and events could be reported as they occurred. That is when short, mainly descriptive stories as used today became common. Press coverage of the Russo-Japanese War was affected by restrictions on the movement of reporters and strict censorship. In all military conflicts which followed this 1904-1905 war, close attention to more managed reporting was considered essential.
The First World War was characterized by rigid censorship. British Lord Kitchener hated reporters, and they were banned from the Front at the start of the war. But reporters such as Basil Clarke and Philip Gibbs lived as fugitives near the Front, sending back their reports. The Government eventually allowed some accredited reporters in April 1915, and this continued until the end of the war. This allowed the Government to control what they saw.
The US conflict in Vietnam saw the tools and access available to war correspondents expanded significantly. Innovations such as cheap and reliable hand-held color video cameras, and the proliferation of television sets in Western homes give Vietnam-era correspondents the ability to portray conditions on the ground more vividly and accurately than ever before. Additionally, the US Military allowed unprecedented access for journalists, with almost no restrictions on the press, unlike in previous conflicts. These factors produced military coverage the likes of which had never been seen or anticipated, with explicit coverage of the human suffering produced by the war available right in the livingrooms of everyday people.
Vietnam-era war correspondence was markedly different from that of WWI and WWII, with more focus on investigative journalism and discussion of the ethics surrounding the war and America's role in it. Reporters from dozens of media outlets were dispatched to Vietnam, with the number of correspondents surpassing 400 at the peak of the war. Vietnam was a dangerous war for these journalists, and 68 would be killed before the conflict came to a close.
Many within the US Government and elsewhere would blame the media for the American failure in Vietnam, claiming that media focus on atrocities, the horrors of combat and the impact on soldiers damaged moral and eliminated support for the war at home. Unlike in older conflicts, where Allied journalism was almost universally supportive of the war effort, journalists in the Vietnam theater were often harshly critical of the US military, and painted a very bleak picture of the war. In an era where the media was already playing a significant role in domestic events such as the Civil Rights Movement, war correspondence in Vietnam would have a major impact on the American political scene. Some have argued that the conduct of war correspondents in Vietnam is to blame for the tightening of restrictions on journalists by the US in wars that followed, including the Persian Gulf war and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The role of war correspondents in the Gulf War would prove to be quite different from their role in Vietnam. The Pentagon blamed the media for the loss of the Vietnam war, and prominent military leaders did not believe the United States could sustain a prolonged and heavily televised war. As a result, numerous restrictions were placed on the activities of correspondents covering the war in the Gulf. Journalists allowed to accompany the troops were organized into "pools", where small groups were escorted into combat zones by US troops and allowed to share their findings later. Those who attempted to strike out on their own and operate outside the pool system claim to have found themselves obstructed directly or indirectly by the military, with passport visas revoked and photographs and notes taken by force from journalists while US forces observed.
Beyond military efforts to control the press, observers noted that press reaction to the Gulf War was markedly different from that of Vietnam. Critics claim that coverage of the war was "jingoistic" and overly favorable towards American forces, in harsh contrast to the criticism and muckraking that had characterized coverage of Vietnam. Journalists like CNN's Peter Arnett were lambasted for reporting anything that could be construed as contrary to the war effort, and commentators observed that coverage of the war in general was "saccharine" and heavily biased towards the American account.
Dickey Chapelle (1918-1965); covered the Pacific War, the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the Vietnam War (where she was killed by a landmine). She was the first female US war correspondent to be killed in action.
Gaston Chérau (Niort (France) 1872 - Boston (USA) 1937). French war correspondent and photograph for Le Matin during the italo-turkish war over Libya (1911-1912) and for L'Illustration at the beginning of World War I (1914-1915). See : Pierre Schill, Réveiller l'archive d'une guerre coloniale. Photographies et écrits de Gaston Chérau, correspondant de guerre lors du conflit italo-turc pour la Libye (1911-1912), Créaphis, 2018, 480p.et 230 photographies.
Greg Clarke (1892-1977); Canadian war correspondent who covered World War I and II.
Henry Tilton Gorrell (1911-1958); United Press correspondent. Covered the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Author of "Soldier of the Press, Covering the Front in Europe and North Africa, 1936-1943" in 2009.
Larry LeSueur; CBS radio correspondent, reported from rooftops during World War II London blitzes, went ashore in the first waves of the D-Day invasion, and broadcast to America the Allied liberation of Paris. One of the "Murrow Boys".
Jean Leune (1889-1944); and Hélène Vitivilia Leune (?-1940), French war correspondents who as a married couple covered the First Balkan War in Greece 1912-1913.
Joseph Morton (born in 1911 or 1913, died in 1945); Associated Press war correspondent, the first American correspondent to be executed by the enemy during World War II.
Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965); Covered the Blitz in London and the European Theater during World War II for CBS News. Hired a team of foreign correspondents for CBS News who became known as the "Murrow Boys".
James Nachtwey (1948); American photographer. Covered Northern Ireland, South Africa, Iraq, Sudan, Indonesia, India, Rwanda, Chechnya, Pakistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Romania, Afghanistan, Israel.
George Sessions Perry (1910-1956); Writer who covered WWII for Harper's Weekly and the Saturday Evening Post. Accompanied troops on invasions of Italy and France. Said after the war that his war experiences "de-fictionalized" him for life and never wrote fiction again.
Kate Webb (1943-2007); covered the Vietnam and Cambodian wars for UPI; captured by the North Vietnamese in Cambodia in 1971 and held for three weeks; covered East Timor war. Later Gulf War, Indonesia, Afghanistan for AFP.
?rfan Sapmaz (born 1962 in Turkey.) Turkish senior war correspondent. ?rfan Sapmaz, one of the world's leading war correspondents. As a senior war correspondent and international journalist, Sapmaz traveled to much of the world and watched political, military and social conflicts, like in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Syria, Philippines, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan. etc He was wounded many times in wars and survived the dangers of death. ?rfan Sapmaz watched the world's bloodiest war in Afghanistan, which he went to in 1987, for 6 years, the Soviet Union's war for 10 years. Why the world is fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan has been underlined by the terrifying experience of battle behind this war.( Sapmaz's book about Afghanistan : The World Has Learned From Me.)
Association of Private Radio and Television Publishers "Best in the Media 2001 Awards" : Best Reporter of the Year (because the United States announced Afghanistan war to the world for the first time when Afghanistan was shot after September 11 incidents. As a war correspondent, ?rfan Sapmaz succeeded in a world in the first world, and he became a journalist in the world. In September 2001, the US launched a military campaign in Afghanistan in order to find and kill the US Usame bin Laden. ?rfan Sapmaz In Afghanistan, he managed to become the only Turkish journalist among the 120 journalists in the world in the Panjer valley near Kabul.
*Journalist of the Journalists Association of Turkey (1990 Azerbaijan January Russian massacre, announcing to the world)
When the Soviet Union began to disperse, Soviet tanks withdrew their red army tanks to Azerbaijan, which stood up for the independence. ?rfan Sapmaz reached Soviet border through Iran as a fugitive with two journalists' friends and reached Baku. He photographed and displayed the events of massacres in Baku for days. Later, however, the Soviet intelligence service was arrested by the KGB in Baku and arrested for 75 days in the KGB in Baku. The initiatives initiated by President Turgut Özal of Turkey in the presence of General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union's Communist Party were finally released and deported to Turkey. ?rfan Sapmaz The journalist of the year was chosen for the success of this successful journalism event which was presented by the Journalists Society of Turkey.
Journalist of Turkey Writer of the Year (for the first time to announce Azerbaijan Hocali massacre.)
He has been known as one of the greatest massacre events in the world and has experienced the famous Hocal? massacre as a journalist in the world and he has been announcing the events to the whole world as Hürriyet Newspaper and TRT correspondent. The images and photographs of the Hocal? spread throughout the world have earned a reputation with the signature of ?rfan Sapmaz. Sapmaz is working in Washington Dc USA. And giving lecture about war journalism at the Bay Atlantic University in Washington Dc.
War images taken from all over the world can be viewed on instagram and youtube account. https://www.instagram.com/irfansapmaz/http://www.youtube.com/c/irfansapmaztr