While most of the so-called mainstream news media have scaled back their operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and just about every other place in the world, the University of Alaska at Fairbanks' journalism department this week is sending three students and a professor to "embed" with U.S. troops northeast of Baghdad.
As The Chronicle of Higher Education puts it, "the journalism department at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks will soon have more reporters in Iraq than many major American newspapers."
The group will be blogging here and is on Facebook as well. In their post about "what's going on" with this project, the students write:
— We are three journalism students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Our names are Jennifer Canfield, Tom Hewitt, and Jessica Hoffman. We will travel to Iraq with our professor, Brian O'Donoghue.
— We will be in Iraq for a month and will embed there with the Ft. Wainwright Stryker Brigade (1stBrigade, 25th Infantry Division).
— We will send reports back to print, radio, and television media outlets in Alaska. In addition to those dispatches, we will regularly update this blog with news on our experience.
Today, Hewitt writes that "I'm picking Jennifer up at the airport in a couple of hours, whence all the team members will be in the same place for the first time since our selection."
Follow their updates — and wish them well.