Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Telling the Iraq Story

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Americans say they are well informed about the war in Iraq, yet many question the media's performance in covering the conflict.

new McCormick Foundation-funded online poll of nearly 9,000 respondents, conducted by The Poynter Institute and Zogby International said that while three-quarters of those surveyed thought they were well-informed about the war in Iraq through media coverage, only
18 percent rated the coverage as either good or excellent. (For more, visit:
The stories respondents would most like to see covered include:
  • Information about the Iraqi government 68%
  • Pieces on the Iraqi people 68%
  • Coverage of returning soldiers 58%
The survey was commissioned as part for a McCormick Foundation Specialized Reporting Institute on Covering War at Home. The three-day training for 18 working reporters on how to cover the impact of the Iraq war in American communities is currently being held at Poynter's headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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