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Ten O'Clock News; Journalism students on war coverage


Carmen Fields interviews three Northeastern journalism students on the coverage of the Persian Gulf war. Two students are impressed with the immediacy of the coverage provided by television (CNN and the networks), but the other thinks that it is "not as in-depth as it could get." Fields contrasts the commitment to "the people's right to know" of Watergate-era journalists with the students' views regarding the importance of censorship to protect national security and the lives of individual soldiers. The students also discuss the missing CBS news crew led by Bob Simon, and question the news team's decision to report in a war zone without a military escort.

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Ten O'Clock News

Journalism students on war coverage

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NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Simon, Bob, 1941-
Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
Persian Gulf War, 1991
Mass media
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Fields, Carmen (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Journalism students on war coverage,” 02/18/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9AA67A5027464CE7B7BF92707C0B0938.
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APA: Ten O'Clock News; Journalism students on war coverage. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9AA67A5027464CE7B7BF92707C0B0938
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