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RTNDF Revises Bioterrorism Guide

Marburg, Glanders & Rickettsiae. A new communications-law firm? No, just some of the biological agents journalists can bone up on in the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation's newly updated guide to biological-weapons attacks.

The idea is to familiarize reporters and editors with the information now so that they are prepared to report accurate information quickly in the event of a biological weapons attack.

The guide also includes information on detection efforts, a list of emergency contacts and information on state-sponsored terrorism, a history of biological weapons use, and information on laws and treaties relating to their use.

The guide and an interactive online component were published with the support of the Carnegie Corp. and BellSouth. The guide can be accessed online at

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.