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March 21, 2013, 2:16 p.m.

In an interview with Journalist’s Resource, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, senior correspondent at The Washington Post, discusses his career covering military affairs and foreign relations. Talking about the methods of his reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Chandrasekaran says the balance between maintaining source relationships while also remaining critical and unbiased is essential to foreign conflict reporting.

Journalists should also seek out listservs or moderated groups involving people who have a particular passion for military issues — often retired officers — who are culling information and posting links. And my Twitter feed [@rajivwashpost] generally gives me a decent enough handle on what’s happening in an area without getting too in the weeds.

Chandrasekaran also says reporters should consider a “scan of military publications such as Army Times and Small Wars Journal.” Meanwhile, Margaret Irish of the military publication Stars and Stripes, writes for the International News Media Association’s Ideas Blog that their iPhone app has been downloaded over 25,000 times. Stars and Stripes will release subscription-based tablet app very soon. Writes Irish, “As the war winds down and the forces return home, the mission to serve America’s military community becomes more challenging and the solution more digital.”

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