The Vietnam War is renowned as the first televised war. Broadcasts of the Vietnam War revolutionized war reporting by bringing the action (literally) into every American family's living room.
However, war reporting has existed as long as journalism itself. An early account of war reporting dates back to the 5th century BC with Herodotus' (a Greek historian, known as the father of history) account of the Persian wars.
American war correspondents have existed since the Civil War during the 19th century. Typically, these special correspondents (as war reporters were called during the early 19th century) were merely armed with a horse, spyglass, pen and paper.
War reporting evolved between the Civil War era and the Vietnam War.
Veteran correspondents who covered Korea and World War II in the early 20th century were required to have a passport from the State Department, as well as a passport from the War Department, to be considered an accredited member of the press. And, unlike with past wars, correspondents were often reporting alongside troops - in planes, aboard ships and on the beaches.
Less was required of young reporters to be deemed accredited members of the press during the Vietnam War.
"Reporters find much easier access in Vietnam than in previous wars. To acquire press accreditation a person needs only a valid passport, immunizations, and a letter from a publishing or broadcasting group."
Today, photojournalists like Ben Brody from GlobalPost provide the public with an inside look at the war in Afghanistan.