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Media Relations: Radio Documentary on Military Children

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Understanding the experiences of military children over the last decade plus of war in Iraq and Afghanistan requires tremendous understanding. Steppingstone LLC’s Ami Neiberger-Miller worked with WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza on the “Breaking Ground” radio documentary about military children.

Cardoza wanted to include the voices of military children who were grieving the death of a loved one who died while serving. Neiberger-Miller worked with staff from client Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to locate children, arrange interviews, and fact check photos and information.

One challenge in the reporting was figuring out how to set apart the experiences of the children today, from a previous NPR story that had visited a TAPS Good Grief Camp program seven years before. Many of the children at a 2014 camp said similar things. This was done by including the voice of a child who lost a parent to suicide (and his mother), and it added tremendous power to the piece, showing how these children are grieving and coping today.

The documentary was very well-received and played on National Public Radio affiliates throughout the country in September 2014 and it aired in late December 2014 on NPR nationally. Cardoza also completed a Q&A on the documentary.

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