A war correspondent is a journalist who covers stories firsthand from a war zone. In the 19th century they were also called Special Correspondents. [ source: wiki ]
War correspondents deliberately go to the most conflict-ridden parts of the world. Once there they attempt to get close enough to the action to provide written accounts, photos, or film footage. Thus, being a war correspondent is often considered the most dangerous form of journalism. On the other hand, war coverage is also one of the most successful branches of journalism. Newspaper sales increase greatly in wartime and television news ratings go up. News organizations have sometimes been accused of warmongering because of the advantages they gather from conflict.
Only some conflicts receive extensive worldwide coverage, however. Among recent wars, the Kosovo War received a great deal of coverage, as did the Persian Gulf War. Many third-world wars, however, tend to receive less substantial coverage because corporate media are often less interested, the lack of infrastructure makes reporting more difficult and expensive, and the conflicts are also far more dangerous for war correspondents.
Embedded journalism refers to news reporters being attached to military units involved in armed conflicts. While the term could be applied to many historical interactions between journalists and military personnel, it first came to be used in the media coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
At the start of the Iraq war in March 2003, as many as 775 reporters and photographers were traveling as embedded journalists. These reporters signed contracts with the military promising not to report information that could compromise unit position, future missions, classified weapons and information they might find.
When asked why the military decided to embed journalists with the troops, Lt. Col. Rick Long of the U.S. Marine Corps replied, "Frankly, our job is to win the war. Part of that is information warfare. So we are going to attempt to dominate the information environment."
The practice has been criticized as being part of a propaganda campaign and an effort to keep reporters away from civilian populations and sympathetic to invading forces.
The ethics of embedded journalism are considered as controversial, while "unembedded" journalism is associated with courage and independence.
This is a soon-to-be-released 1/6 scale Correspondent 12-inch figure OUTFIT set (No head and no body, just the clothes and accessories, gear and stuff) from VeryHot, the great pretenders to Hot Toys and it seems copiers of other manufacturers as well, in this case, looks like parts recast from the old War Correspondent by Chronicle Collectibles, 2004 – check out some pictures in my earlier post HERE.
This VeryHot 1/6 scale News Correspondent Outfit Set includes a black long sleeve
t-shirt, blue denim jeans, sneakers, black ballcap and greenish
gray photographer's vest. Accessories include a press ID badge, tablet
computer (iPad), cell phone (iPhone), two pens and olive drab satchel / cameraman's
bag. Of course, the tools of his trade are his video camera (complete
with removable videotape) and 35 mm camera (with removable zoom lens).
Toymaster had also released a War Journalist 1/6 scale 12-inch Action Figure some time back. He came with Black Sweater, Shirt, Vest, Pants, Oakley Boots, Pass Holder, Sunglasses, Bracelets, Camera Bag, Digital Camera Set, Watch, Pen, Notebook, Cell Phone, Bluetooth and Bottle of Water – pictures HERE
Toymaster released the Toymaster Battliefield Hero - 1/6 scale War Journalist (Version 2.0) not long after based on the success of their first journalist figure. Together with the War Correspondent by Chronicle Collectibles, that's at least three correspondent figures already released thus far.
Other 12-inch figures with 1/6 cameras:
Posted June 21, 2008: Joe Shooter, military photographer
Posted February 12, 2010: Toys City CIA operative reviewed HERE