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Sword and Pen

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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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Tony Mobley: Navy Vet | Freelance Photojournalist

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Tony Mobley: Navy Vet | Freelance Photojournalist
In this episode of Sword and Pen, host Lori King checks in with Navy veteran Tony Mobley, one of the Top 10 Military Veterans in Journalism of 2020. Tony's entry, Photo Series: Black Lives Matter Protests, earned him that recognition. Tony talks about how he documented life on the biggest warship in the U.S. Navy; his covid coverage during the height of the pandemic in 2020; and why a photo of his baby sister inspired him to become a photographer at nine years old.  We also have a real conversation about racism among black photographers and the power of diversity. Tony's website / Twitter / Instagram | YouTube This episode is hosted by Lori King. Sword and Pen is brought to you by co-hosts Lori King and Drew Lawrence Twitter | Lori King @intro2pj / Drew Lawrence @df_lawrence Got an idea for a podcast? Shoot us an email at lorikingblog@gmail.com and/or drew@mvj.network
31:28
May 04, 2022
Dan Lamothe: WaPo Military Beat Reporter
In this episode of Sword and Pen, Washington Post national security reporter Dan Lamothe talks about the path that led him to cover the WaPo's military beat; expresses his love for journalism and advices on how to break into it; and reveals why he thinks there's a need for journalists to have conversations dealing with emotional turmoil after covering intense embed patrols.  Washington Post Bio / Twitter @DanLamothe  This episode is hosted by Drew Lawrence. Sword and Pen is brought to you by co-hosts Lori King and Drew Lawrence Twitter | Lori King @intro2pj / Drew Lawrence @df_lawrence Got an idea for a podcast? Shoot us an email at lorikingblog@gmail.com and/or drew@mvj.network
01:02:39
April 02, 2022
Roy Peter Clark: The art of writing
In this episode of Sword and Pen, guest Roy Peter Clark, of the Poynter Institute, discusses the almighty lead sentence. Clark, a journalist, author and educator, also breaks down the writing process into a series of steps; advises how to break out of a writer's block; begrudgingly shares his favorite lead sentence he's ever written; and fills us in on what the Poynter Institute is all about, which is "arguably one of the most important and influential schools for journalists and democracy in the world." This episode, hosted by Lori King, is a long soak into the lessons of writing.  Best 2020 Pulitzer Prize Leads, as judged by Roy Peter Clark | Twitter @RoyPeterClark Sword and Pen is brought to you by co-hosts Lori King and Drew Lawrence Twitter Lori King @intro2pj and Drew Lawrence @df_lawrence Got an idea for a podcast? Shoot us an email at lorikingblog@gmail.com and/or drew@mvj.network
52:26
March 01, 2022
Davis Winkie: Army Times Reporter
In this episode of Sword and Pen, host Drew Lawrence asks Army Times staff reporter Davis Winkie to break down his investigation into Operation Lone Star. Winkie shares his inside story on the Texas National Guard's border mission, talks about taking risks to land a journalism job as a military historian, and admits how he [hopefully] helped a female boy scout earn a merit badge, despite her criticism of one of his articles. Operation Lone Star Article | Headline: Suicide attempts, delayed pay prompt calls for probe into Guard's Texas mission Sword and Pen is brought to you by MVJ co-hosts Lori King and Drew Lawrence. Got an idea for a podcast? Shoot us an email at lorikingblog@gmail.com and/or drew@mvj.network
57:33
February 01, 2022
Lucretia Cunningham: Medic turned MM Journalist
In this episode of Sword and Pen, host Lori King converses with MVJ member Lucretia Cunningham, a former U.S. Air Force medic who traded in her medical kit for cameras, microphones and the almighty pen. Listen as Cunningham shares her story of being an active duty medic for a decade, then doing an about face and transferring into Public Affairs in the Air National Guard; gives valuable advice to veterans who are facing that transition; and tells us how she secured media jobs with the help of the Military Veterans in Journalism organization. The mother of three also talks about the fine act of balancing family and military and employment commitments. You can follow Cunningham on Twitter @Lucretia_News. Sword and pen is brought to you by co-hosts Lori King and Drew Lawrence. Got an idea for a podcast? Shoot us an email at lorikingblog@gmail.com and/or drew@mvj.network.
44:01
January 01, 2022
Jeff Parrott: Salt Lake Tribune
In this episode of Sword and Pen, host Drew F. Lawrence converses with Jeff Parrott, a Salt Lake Tribune political journalist, Columbia journalism school graduate and army veteran. Listen as we dive into Parrott’s take on the mental health of veterans and journalists; the importance of veterans in newsrooms; a local Salt Lake Tribune investigation on the Oath Keepers (an example of why local news matters); and the long walk - or sprint - out of the military and into media. Sword and Pen is brought to you by co-hosts Lori King and Drew Lawrence. Got an idea for a podcast? Shoot us an email at lorikingblog@gmail.com and/or drew@mvj.network
59:47
December 02, 2021
Mike Haynie: National Veterans Resource Center
In this episode of Sword and Pen, Mike Haynie, founder and executive director of the Institute for Military Veterans, proudly announces the grand opening of the new National Veterans Resource Center on the campus of Syracuse University in Upstate New York. The sole purpose of the IVMF and the NVRC is to advance the social, economic education and policy concerns of this country’s veterans and their families. The resources are free and available to all veterans, including our MVJ members. Haynie also talks about the Military Visual Journalism Program for active duty service members. Video: A look inside the new The National Veterans Resource Center Website links: Institute for Veterans & Military Families | Military Visual Journalism Program  Sword and Pen is brought to you by co-hosts Lori King and Drew Lawrence Got an idea for a podcast? Shoot us an email at lorikingblog@gmail.com and drew@mvj.network
21:49
November 02, 2021
Kelly Kennedy: The War Horse
In this episode, Sword and Pen host Drew F. Lawrence has a conversation with award-winning author, journalist and veteran Kelly Kennedy. She is the current managing editor for The War Horse, a non-profit journalism publication that focuses on all aspects of military culture. Listen as we dive into investigations, questioning authority, her reflection of the "worst day" with the hardest hit military unit since the Vietnam War -- and how to deal with all of that as a veteran, reporter and human. Finding the Words | the work of Kelly Kennedy The War Horse | nonprofit journalism about military service
52:47
October 01, 2021
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 02, 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 05, 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 02, 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 02, 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 03, 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 09, 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