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A Close Call Already for Embedded Journalism Students in Iraq

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

A Close Call Already for Embedded Journalism Students in Iraq

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Late last week, University of Alaska Fairbanks Journalism professor Brian O'Donoghue and three students, Jennifer Canfield, Jessica Hoffman, and Tom Hewitt arrived in Iraq to begin a month-long stay with U.S. troops in Iraq's Diyala Province. It didn't take long for the danger of the situation to present itself.

"While on our way to get our credentials at the Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) in the Green Zone [Sunday], our convoy came within a few minutes of being hit by an IED, which made the situation getting into the Green Zone a bit tricky due to fears of another attack," Hewitt wrote Tuesday on the group's blog, Short Timers.

However, the group was able to make its way out of Baghdad by helicopter Sunday night, and land at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala Province.

"Since Monday morning," Hewitt wrote on Short Timers, "we've been getting our feet back under us, and we're getting to work on our real mission: getting some stories produced. …

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