Award-winning producer, Henry Schuster, from the CBS News broadcast 60 MINUTES, was Graham Media Group’s (GMG) featured guest speaker during its company-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion webinar on Veteran and Military Storytelling. Joined by Mike Holfeld, Investigative Reporter from WKMG-TV (Orlando, FL), the two uncovered perspectives on the reporting of military-related stories that impact communities from global to local and how they have changed over time. Schuster’s military-news experience has ranged from stateside to abroad, from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and beyond. “We’re always trying to translate the experiences of people to a wider audience, this is no different, we shouldn’t be scared of it,” says Schuster when reflecting on reporting on veterans while reminding newsrooms “we should never lose our compassion.”
Hurricane Nicole postponed the GMG-employee event from November’s veterans awareness week, the days leading up to Veterans Day, to early December. “It’s a good reminder that these conversations are relevant, no matter the time of year and not just on the day of remembrance,“ commented Veterans and Military Employee Resource Group co-chair, Miia Ollesh.
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