Embeds Dish About Iraq War Experiences

Embeds Dish About Iraq War Experiences
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"So many of my equipment pieces broke I had to make stuff up," not stories, but improvising how to get them back to KGO(AM), San Francisco. That's what Greg Jarrett told attendees at NAB's Service to America Summit during a panel discussion of the embedded reporting process in the Iraq war. Jarrett was embedded with the Marines. He filed 80% of his stories live because sand destroyed so much of his equipment, including two MiniDisc recorders. He ended up using what was supposed to be a back-up tape machine to record sound.
CBS News television reporter Bryon Pitts, who was embedded in Baghdad, said the two most-asked questions from soldiers to him were about the latest game scores and whether they could borrow his satellite phone to call home.
Several panelists said they relied on the Internet to e-mail their stories, as computer files, back to their news desks.


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