Journalism students train as embedded journalists for the Army at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Image: Alejandra Matos/ Riding in a military Stryker with a…

Image: Alejandra Matos/

Riding in a military Stryker with a group of soldiers was not something that Kristian Hernandez imaged he would ever be doing as a college journalism student.

But on the morning of May 8, he and several other UTEP students experienced what it is like to be an embedded reporter with the military, as part of a training program on Ft. Bliss designed to train soldiers who will be deployed to Afghanistan later this year.

Read (or listen) to Alejandra Matos’s story at

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  • Jack

    The term “embedded” is not something a reporter should be proud to carry as a label for hi/her activities. It’s a highly negative connotation. During ww-2, we had “combat photographers”. These men were out there putting their asses on the line to do just one thing: Record history in the making, usually from the point of view of the common soldier. “Embedded” means to be “in bed with” some authority, some elite asshole who wants to write history to suit some other elite asshole.

    The Military is one of the last honorable professions left on planet earth. They still live and die according to a code of ethics, usually the one that says “no fallen comrade will be left behind” and “protect your brothers ion arms”, even if it costs you your own life.

    Nowadays, we have reporters “training” to be embedded reporters. “training” is often just a code word for being brainwashed. Where is the honor in that?