Reporting War and Conflict brings together history, theory and practice to explore the issues and obstacles involved in the reporting of contemporary war and conflict. The book examines the radical changes taking place in the working practices and day-to-day routines of war journalists, arguing that managing risk has become central to modern war correspondence. How individual reporters and news organisations organise their coverage of war and conflict is increasingly shaped by a variety of personal, professional and institutional risks.
The book provides an historical and theoretical context to risk culture and the work of war correspondents, paying particular attention to the changing nature of technology, organisational structures and the role of witnessing. The conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are examined to highlight how risk and the calculations of risk vary according to the type of conflict. The focus is on the relationship between propaganda, censorship, the sourcing of information and the challenges of reporting war in the digital world. The authors then move on to discuss the arguments around risk in relation to gender and war reporting and the coverage of death on the battlefield.
Reporting War and Conflict is a guide to the contemporary changes in warfare and the media environment that have influenced war reporting. It offers students and researchers in journalism and media studies an invaluable overview of the life of a modern war correspondent.
Table of Contents
1. Risk and war journalism
2. Bearing witness: morality, risk and war reporting
3. Organisational and occupational risks and war reporting
4. Technology and risk management: telegraph, telex and Twitter
5. Media on the battlefield: risk and embedding
6. Asymmetrical wars: reporting post-war Iraq
7. Risk and reporting new forms of war and conflict
8. Risk and the reporting of death, dying and the casualties of war
9. Gender, risk and war reporting
Janet Harris is an award-winning documentary producer/director, having worked for many years at the BBC and as a freelancer with experience of working in Iraq in war and post-war. She holds a PhD on the media coverage of the British military in post-war Iraq and teaches the practice and theory of documentary production at Cardiff University, UK.
Kevin Williams was until recently Professor of Media and Communication History at Swansea University, UK. He has written widely on the history and theory of the media, including several books on war reporting, such as co-authoring The Fog of War: The Media on the Battlefield (1986) and War and Peace News (1985). His most recent book was International Journalism (2011).