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Papers Debate Use of Teams to React Quickly to Terror

As the war with Iraq heightens concern about the possibility of terrorist strikes in the United States, news organizations are debating how they would cover the aftermath of a chemical, biological or radioactive-bomb attack. Several news organizations, including USA Today, The Washington Post, Newsday and The Los Angeles Times, are putting together groups of reporters, all volunteers, to act as the journalistic equivalent of first responders. The reporters are receiving special training and protective gear, or soon will, to prepare for the aftermath of such an attack. But other news organizations, like The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The New York Times, have decided against such an approach, saying the potential danger to the staff is too great. It is in Washington and New York, with an abundance of symbolic landmarks and experience with terrorist attacks, that much of the debate is playing out. Full Story

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