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Handy Iraq Resources

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Gary Price of passes on these two great resources: • Speech and Transcript Center: Direct links to transcripts of statements and speeches by government and other people in the news; • Streaming Audio/Video News Page: This page focuses on direct links to broadcasters providing English language news either live or in individual segments. More useful links on's special Iraq resources section.

Tip: Covering Bioterrorism

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The possible war with Iraq has revived the bioterrorism fears that surfaced after the Sept. 11 attacks. As Americans confront the very real possibility that bioterrorism weapons may be used against our troops abroad or in a terrorism attack at home, it's wise for all journalists to get familiar with what could happen. To help reporters and producers tackle these stories, The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation has published "A Journalist's Guide to Covering Bioterrorism." Find out more about this guide.

Bringing Global Stories Home

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The American Press Institute has launched a new resource, "Beyond the Battle: Bringing Global Stories Home." API's site is a bit broader than the other Iraq resources online in that it aims to not just help journalists cover the Iraq conflict, but "help news professionals prepare for and cover unfolding global events in ways meaningful to their hometown audiences." The site, located at, includes practical articles and checklists, and will continue to be updated throughout the next month. More Iraq conflict links in's Iraq resources collection.

CJR, Power Reporting Partner

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The Columbia Journalism Review has partnered with Power Reporting, a top-notch research site for journalists that Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Bill Dedman has been building since 1997. Power Reporting has a fantastic searchable database of thousands of resources organized by beat (Aging, Agriculture) and by type (phone books, public records). CJR's interns will update the site under his supervision.

'We Media' and Interview Voyeurism

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Thanks to the Internet, Journalism is becoming less of a one-way street from reporters to readers and more of a dialogue. Two recent journalism review articles explore this phenomenon. "We Media augments traditional methods with new and yet-to-be invented collaboration tools ranging from e-mail to Web logs to digital video to peer-to-peer systems," writes Dan Gillmor in the Columbia Journalism Review. "But it boils down to something simple: our readers collectively know more than we do, and they don?t have to settle for half-baked coverage when they can come into the kitchen themselves." Meanwhile, in the American Journalism Review Barb Palser talks about writers posting complete interviews online and writes, "We are learning that people often are as interested in the ingredients of a news...