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By Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio

A four-day conference at the University of Kentucky this week will give participants a chance to analyze modern media coverage of war from several perspectives.

The Conference on War, Journalism, and History will examine coverage of conflicts after World War Two.

Terry Anderson with U-K’s School of Journalism and Telecommunications is an organizer of the event.

The former chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press was held hostage for almost seven years in Beirut. Anderson says there’s traditionally been an adversarial relationship between the media and the military.

“Military’s goal is to win wars the journalist goal is to tell the public what’s happening, sometimes those are conflicting goals,” he said.

The conference runs Thursday through Sunday at UK.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."