WTOP’s JJ Green Gets Real About Journalism Today

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If you’ve done any reporting on national security issues in Washington DC, you probably already know JJ Green.  He’s been covering national security for the city’s most popular radio station, WTOP, for 15 years now.  As you can imagine, he’s seen a lot of changes in that time.

The Cipher Brief sat down with Green recently at the National Press Club in Washington to talk about how national security reporting works, how reporters and correspondents gain access to news and policy makers and how journalists today navigate the differences between reporting and ‘analysis’ which oftentimes, leads into opinion on headline stories.

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