What's going on at the frontline?
As a group run through the Major's mistakes, how many did they identify?
[A] Reveals military secrets.
[B] Reveals the identity of casualties before families have been notified.
[C] Withholds information because it is damaging to his government.
[D] Reports a rumour he can't back up.
[E] Xenophobic / racist comment.
[F] Propaganda / misinformation
Overall tone The reporting feels gung-ho and flippant, whilst the reality of combat is that people are being killed.
Produce the final copy of the magazine article.
Points [C] and [F] of the Major's piece are the most controversial. How much do the group think that journalists should 'help' their own side in a war?
Is this a question for which there is a right or wrong answer?
Why is truth the first casualty of war?
Click at the top right of the page for the BBC Producer Guidelines on War.