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Sword and Pen

By Military Veterans in Journalism
Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets.
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U.S. Army and Afghan war veteran Thomas Brouns corresponds with Afghan translator
This special episode features a podcast recorded and produced by retired U.S. Army officer Thomas Brouns for a Military Veterans in Journalism podcast workshop.  Brouns, who served 10 rotations in Afghanistan, shares his correspondence with Mohammad, one of five Afghan translators he supported in his effort to secure a special immigrant visa. Brouns said he wondered what Mohammad thought of the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan. His curiosity led him to contact Mohammad, and through Messenger, they exchanged updates, thoughts and the trials and tribulations that Mohammad dealt with while trying to get his family safely out of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.  This is their story. Next episode airs Oct. 1: Drew Lawrence talks to War Horse managing editor Kelly Kennedy about obeying and questioning authority as a military veteran and journalist. 
29:41
September 11, 2021
Sword and Pen's Season 3 debuts with new co-hosts
In this episode, new co-hosts Lori King and Drew Lawrence discuss their dedication to journalism and the Military Veterans in Journalism organization. Lori began her journalism career when she joined the active Army at 18 years old, and retired from the Air National Guard in 2000. Drew is a former military officer who is just starting his journalism career, and an active member and volunteer of MVJ.  Military Veterans in Journalism website | Lori King's website
14:16
August 2, 2021
Dave Bruce Shares Unique Journey from Federal Law Enforcement to Journalism
In this episode, Dave Bruce shares his journey from Federal Air Marshal to journalist. He compares the two careers and discusses important parallels. Dave is a former Army medic and served with the 82nd Airborne Division prior to becoming a federal law enforcement officer.
53:21
July 14, 2021
Former Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Shares Thoughts on Veterans in Journalism
Sword and Pen is joined by the former Washington Post Executive Editor, Marty Baron, who shares his thoughts on veterans in journalism. Marty also was the Executive Editor of the Boston Globe when it broke the famous Spotlight stories on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and he was portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the film "Spotlight."
25:46
June 21, 2021
Jasper Lo shares his journey of curiosity from Army officer to fact checker at the New Yorker
In this episode, Jasper Lo shares his journey from U.S. Army officer to becoming a fact checker at The New Yorker. He discusses the stories that propelled him into the field of journalism, and the lessons he wishes to share with other veterans heading down the same path. Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
01:19:18
May 19, 2021
Coffee or Die Executive Editor and former Army Ranger Marty Skovlund talks journalism and transitioning.
Coffee or Die Executive Editor and former Army Ranger Marty Skovlund joins the program to discuss where military veterans fit in the journalism space. Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
01:00:54
May 5, 2021
U.S. Navy Veteran Clyde Gunter Details His Journey From U.S. Naval Ship to ESPN
The Sword & Pen Podcast is back! Season two, episode one is out today and we had the pleasure of interviewing Clyde Gunter for our season premier. Clyde is a member of the MVJ volunteer team and a Production Assistant at ESPN. He had some great things to say about how service members can transition into journalism effectively and had some great experiences of his own to share.Sword and Pen is also in video format! Check it out on YouTube.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
38:15
April 2, 2021
Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Patrick Farrell gives tips on "finding the light."
“Find your light, compose the shot, and wait for a moment.” -Patrick FarrellWelcome to Sword and Pen, a podcast about journalism, military veterans, and military veterans in journalism.  In this episode we welcome Patrick Farrell, a photojournalist who won a Pulitzer Prize while at the Miami Herald, for photos he shot in 2009 showing despair in a hurricane ravaged Haiti. Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets.**Patrick's Pulitzer Prize winning work: https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/patrick-farrell Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
27:19
March 2, 2020
Marine Corps veteran and CBS News journalist Russell Midori reflects on service at home and abroad.
“Get yourself a camera and go to Iraq.” -Chris HondrosWelcome to Sword and Pen, a podcast about journalism, military veterans, and military veterans in journalism.  In this episode we welcome Russell Midori, a Marine Corps veteran and staff journalist for CBS News network. Russell is also an Overseas Press Club Foundation board member, a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities, and he volunteers as an alumni mentor for students in the Brooklyn College Radio and Television department. Russell is also a co-founder of Military Veterans in Journalism.Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets.**To find a First Aid class in your area, check out https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr/cpr-for-schoolsSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
19:44
February 18, 2020
Emmy winning journalism professor, June Cross of Columbia University, talks about how journalism is a "calling."
"Don't do it unless there is nothing else you could possible spend your life doing... because journalism is a calling and a commitment." -June CrossWelcome to Sword and Pen, a podcast about journalism, military veterans, and military veterans in journalism.  In this episode we welcome June Cross, a professor of journalism at Columbia University. Cross won 2 EMMY Awards, first in 1983 for her coverage of the U.S. Invasion of Grenada and again in 1997 for her documentary, "Secret Daughter." Over her career she has worked for Frontline, CBS News and the Boston Globe.Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
19:36
February 3, 2020
Dr. Mary Anne Taylor, a professor of rhetoric at Emerson College, talks about tropes and narratives.
"I think the way people use something like PTSD to tell stories- they draw from tropes and those tropes make assumptions of how people experience PTSD that can be very positive to help shed light on something or can be very negative in that your spreading some assumptions as a generalization that not all people feel." - Dr. Mary Anne TaylorWelcome to Sword and Pen, a podcast about journalism, military veterans, and military veterans in journalism.  In this episode we welcome Dr. Mary Anne Taylor, a professor of Rhetoric at Emerson College’s School of Communication. Dr. Taylor’s academic focus is on how foundational rhetoric and dominant discourses intersect with gender, race and sexuality. She’s been published in the journal of Women and Language, American Behavioral Scientist, and written about gendered journalism in The New York Times. Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
42:29
January 13, 2020
Army veteran and Editorial Director of Growth for Quartz, Phoebe Gavin, talks about finding opportunity.
“I knew I was ready to make a move but I wasn’t sure what that move should be, and this opportunity showed up for me because I had accidentally been preparing for it.”-Phoebe GavinWelcome to Sword and Pen, a podcast about journalism, military veterans, and military veterans in journalism.  In this episode we welcome Phoebe Gavin, an Army veteran and the Editorial Director of Growth for Quartz. You also might recognize her from time spent at Think Progress and Upworthy.   Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
33:15
December 23, 2019
Marine veteran Paul Szoldra discusses journey from founding the satirical DuffelBlog to becoming the Editor-in-Chief of Task and Purpose.
"Don't have a chip on your shoulder.  Don't get out of the military thinking that anybody owes you anything." - Paul SzoldraWelcome to Sword and Pen, a podcast about journalism, military veterans, and military veterans in journalism.  In this episode we welcome Paul Szoldra, a Marine Corps veteran and the Editor-in-Chief of Task and Purpose. You also might recognize him as the founder of the popular satire news website, Duffel Blog.  Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
34:59
December 9, 2019
CNN's Pentagon Correspondent, Barbara Starr, talks about perseverance.
"If this is what you want to do, just keep pitching away and keep yourself in the arena." -Barbara StarrWelcome to Sword and Pen, a podcast about journalism, military veterans, and military veterans in journalism.  In this episode we welcome Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon Correspondent.  Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
15:37
November 25, 2019
Sebastian Junger talks about his career from writing The Perfect Storm to covering war via the Oscar-nominated Restrepo.
"The wonderful thing about journalism is you don't need permission from anybody." -Sebastian JungerWelcome to Sword and Pen, a podcast about journalism, military veterans, and military veterans in journalism.  In the inaugural episode we welcome Sebastian Junger, an author (The Perfect Storm, Tribe), journalist, and documentarian (Oscar-nominated "Restrepo").Sword and Pen is a production of Military Veteran in Journalism, a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets. Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr)
23:28
November 11, 2019