The Defense Writers Group
The project’s flagship program is the Defense Writers Group (DWG). For nearly 40 years, the nonprofit association of news organizations with correspondents covering military affairs and national security has hosted on-the-record sessions with high-ranking officials to increase understanding between two important American institutions: the media and the military.
The DWG has over fifty member organizations ranging from trade publications such as Navy Times, Aviation Week and Military.com to major newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and international participants such as Britain’s Daily Telegraph and Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun.
When the DWG invites a four-star general, a senior intelligence official or a powerful congressional committee chairman to breakfast with reporters it is an invitation from a group of diverse and influential media outlets.
For busy officials, the DWG can be a “one-stop shop” to explain their thinking to a room full of specialized journalists. The sessions result in hundreds of news articles in dozens of media outlets each year.
With a Q&A, format and no opening statements, the agenda is set by reporters. The setting is an opportunity for reporters to build in-depth knowledge rather than soundbites or breaking news.