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Journalistic Power to the People

Saturday, March 12, 2005 Posted: 08:55 PM JST

The traditional role of the reporter is undergoing great change thanks to new technology like digital photography, e-mail and internet. One area that is especially effected by these changes is war reporting. Many of the stories about misbehaving soldiers came from fellow soldiers. The disgusting photos of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison were taken by their guards.

Online Journalism Review carries an interesting interview with Kim Newton, who supervises Digital Warriors, an online collection of photographs taken by US soldiers in Iraq. No shocking images here, but the war as seen by the people who fight it.

"I wanted to go beyond the Abu Ghraib prison photos," says Newton in the OJR interview, "and not just find sensational pictures that would cause a national uproar of some kind. I wanted to find images that were of a journalistic level and that told a personal side of this war that I felt we werenít seeing from traditional media. The intent is to edit a large body of work from these soldiers that will produce a personal view that I donít think weíve seen from this war."

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