Michael Yon has a new dispatch all about the process of embedding as a journalist in Iraq. He has some thoughts on why so few have gone to the trouble:
People who wonder about the limited number of reporters on the ground in Iraq probably think it’s the danger that keeps many away. This certainly is true for some. For others, the persuasive problems are more practical: the expenses can be severe. There’s expense associated with planning and applying for the embed. There is specialized gear to be purchased: protective equipment alone can cost thousands of dollars per person, and even in peaceful times, the desert climate is still extremely hard on electronic equipment. Getting to the Middle East requires a long, expensive flight. And the Hilton that came so highly recommended also came with a high room rate: $590 for a room that would have been worth maybe $150 in Florida.