Embed Update


This post will remain at the top for several days, please scroll down for updates

I'm heading to Iraq within the next week. I was able to secure the embed without going through an outside media organization, as I had to do in the past. I established a non-profit, called Public Multimedia, Inc., incorporated as a media company, and was able to obtain my own credentials. This is a great start to allow me to embed in the future, as well as potentially sponsor others who are interested in embedding. This also should put to rest any claims the military is censoring or unwilling to work with bloggers.

I still need your help. I'm looking to raise another $3,000 for the trip. I'm purchasing a new camera today (a digital SLR) so I can take better photos from the field, and upload and post quickly. I also need to cover some outstanding expenses. If you have contributed, again, my sincerest thanks. If you haven't, please consider this. No donation is to small to help me get on my way: 100 donations of $30 will get me there. Public Multimedia, Inc. is currently filing for 501(c)3 status so once this is approved, the donation will be tax deductible.

Also, for everyone that donates to this trip, I will add you on my email list. This email will contain anecdotes not contained in the daily updates, as well as images that won't be posted until later. I will also send a personal thanks to you upon my return.

Or, if you are not comfortable with PayPal and wish to send a check, email me at billroggio@gmail.com and I will send you an address.

When I return from Iraq, and as Public Multimedia continues to evolve, there will be some exciting changes to the web site. We plan to expand our news gathering, incorporate the Global Crisis Watch podcast to provide audio interviews, aggressively pursue resources to create multimedia presentations and create at least one foreign language version of the content. But the foundation will remain just as you see it today: featured posts, Today In briefings and News links.

Thanks as always for your support and encouragement.



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READER COMMENTS: "Embed Update"

Posted by Cheryl Friend at November 27, 2006 3:21 PM ET:

Bad habits die hard...I'll shake the money tree.

Posted by Terry M at November 27, 2006 4:07 PM ET:

My son just spent 16 months in Iraq with the 172nd Stryker Brigade (infantry) and is supposed to fly out today/tomorrow. As much as I've followed the news for the last year and a quarter, I've seen how MSM twists every story and every fact to support their agenda. It's people like you, Mike Yon, James Lee, and a few others who tell the stories accurately. Hope my tiny contribution can make a difference.

Posted by Greg Jackson at November 28, 2006 9:33 AM ET:

So, why can't someone like Fox News have a regular update from Iraq from Bill. Of course I know why. Fox news isn't really any better than any of the rest.

Posted by Westhawk at November 28, 2006 11:36 AM ET:

Bill, we are again pleased to make a (belated) contribution.

Not only are you providing informed and unbiased reporting from the "frontline." You are also shaking the foundations of the entire old media empire. The changes you are making to war reporting, a war with its vital media operations component, are revolutionary. Your efforts must succeed and must be supported.

Westhawk

Posted by Aaron at November 30, 2006 9:48 AM ET:

Yeah, I love the podcasts except for the cheesy music. Very different from any other news source.

The fact that you guys got Maria Ressa on one podcast was great - I recall her from CNN international as one of the only decent reporters there.

Posted by Marty at November 30, 2006 11:07 AM ET:

alright, my $30 is in. only $2970 to go. good luck Bill!

Posted by toni at November 30, 2006 12:09 PM ET:

Thanks for what you're doing Bill. Got my contribution in.

Posted by Jacqui at November 30, 2006 2:10 PM ET:

Good luck and thank you! We need some honest info out there!

Posted by Jim Chase at November 30, 2006 4:19 PM ET:

Here's my $30 and God's speed!

Posted by amr at November 30, 2006 6:57 PM ET:

I've sent a contribution, but please let us know if you are still short. I'm glad to see that there seems to be more reasonable procedures for embedding. When I read about the problems with embedding from Mr. Yon and others, I did my part and wrote the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of Defense and the President, basically stating they were shooting themselves in the foot by making it difficult for independent journalists to embed. Especially when the MSM is not reporting hardly any of the favorable facts about Iraq. It also appears that Centcom is now on the offensive against the MSM (AP). It is about time. I want the good, the bad and the ugly reported. I can make my own mind up about what I think needs to be done; since my son deployed Tuedsay to Iraq, I truely need the facts, just the facts.

Posted by Eyewriter at November 30, 2006 7:35 PM ET:

Bill:

I will be posting my $30 to Paypal.

Keep up being a truthteller.

Posted by Paul at December 1, 2006 8:49 AM ET:

Well...it's only $30 I sent in but I hope it helps.