Long-time peace journalist Steven Youngblood presents the foundations of peace journalism in this exciting new textbook, offering readers the methods, approaches, and concepts required to use journalism as a tool for peace, reconciliation, and development. Guidance is offered on framing stories, ethical treatment of sensitive subjects, and avoiding polarizing stereotypes through a range of international examples and case studies spanning from the Iraq war to the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Youngblood teaches students to interrogate traditional media narratives about crime, race, politics, immigration, and civil unrest, and to illustrate where—and how—a peace journalism approach can lead to more responsible and constructive coverage, and even assist in the peace process itself.
Table of Contents
Section I. Philosophical and Ethical Principles of Peace Journalism 1. The Peace Journalism approach 2. Starting a war-How traditional media inflame and encourage conflict 3. Fighting a war-Propaganda and the need for Peace Journalism 4. Starting a riot-Inflammatory reporting and the need for Peace Journalism 5. Choosing not to start a war or a riot-The academic and professional debates about PJ 6. Evaluating media for Peace Journalism content Section II. Peace Journalism and Media Narratives 7. Peace Journalism and media narratives-Racial narratives and stereotypes 8. Peace Journalism and media narratives-Crime coverage 9. Peace Journalism and media narratives-Islam and terrorism 10. Peace Journalism and media narratives-Immigrants, IDP’s, and refugees 11. Peace and Electoral Journalism media narratives Section III. Peace Journalism as a tool for peace, reconciliation, and development 12. Peace Journalism as tool for reconciliation 13. Peace Journalism as a tool for development 14. Does Peace Journalism have a future? Afterword Appendix I: Teaching PJ in the classroom-Classroom tools, resources, lesson plans Appendix II: Teaching PJ seminars/workshops-Tools and resources, setting up seminars, lesson plans
Steven Youngblood (@PeaceJourn) is Director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism and a communication professor at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. He has organized and taught peace journalism seminars and workshops worldwide, including in the Republic of Georgia, Kuwait, Ireland, Cyprus, Turkey, Costa Rica, Lebanon, Indian-administered Kashmir, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Kenya, Japan, South Sudan, Austria, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and Uganda.