New report asks whether journalists should be neutral in the face of ISIS

How much information do we need from the darkest places of the world? That’s one of several questions posed in “The Pen and the Sword: Reporting ISIS,” a paper by Paul Wood, a BBC correspondent and 2015 Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Wood details ISIS kidnappings, and his own reporting on conflict in Syria. He raises difficult questions about a journalist’s duty. Is too much information unnecessary to make your basic point? Can neutrality be a mistake when there may not be two sides to a story? Should one offer rallying cries to your audience to take action? Is there a tricky line between reporting and propaganda?