1st Edition

Responsible Journalism in Conflicted Societies Trust and Public Service Across New and Old Divides

Edited By Jake Lynch, Charis Rice Copyright 2023
    228 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Setting out multiple perspectives from media and journalism scholars, this collection addresses the implications that today’s technological, socio-political, and economic conditions have for relations between journalists, sources, audiences, and wider publics.

    Applying an inclusive concept of ‘conflicted societies’ that goes beyond those affected by violent conflict to include traditionally ‘stable’ but increasingly polarised democracies, such as the UK and the USA, contributors engage with longstanding questions and new challenges surrounding concepts of responsibility, trust, public service, and public interest in journalism. The unique span of studies offers international scope, including societies often overlooked in media and journalism studies, such as Northern Ireland, Turkey, Cyprus, Pakistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic. Chapters also feature contemporary case studies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as a route into understanding the pertinent issue of fake news, and the ‘local turn’ in journalism.

    Responsible Journalism in Conflicted Societies is not only a valuable resource for those studying conflict reporting and international journalism but will also appeal to scholars working at the intersection of media, journalism, communication, peace, conflict, and security studies.

    Thematic Introduction
    Jake Lynch and Charis Rice

    Section I: Responsibility and Viability in Journalism – The Turn to Local News

    1. Trust and Ethics in Local Journalism: A Distinctive Orientation Towards Responsible Journalism and Ethical Practices
    Julie Firmstone, John Steel, Martin Conboy, Charlotte Elliott-Harvey, Carl Fox, Jane Mulderrig, Joe Saunders, and Paul Wragg

    2. Community Journalism as Responsible Journalism
    Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

    3. Where’s the Fake News in Hyperlocal Media? Trust Amongst Citizen Journalists and Participatory Audiences in Local Facebook Pages
    Jerome Turner and David Harte

    Section II: Reform Agendas in Study of News About Conflict and Peace

    4. Peace Journalism Revisited: Challenging the One-Size-Fits-All Approach
    Cecilia Arregui

    5. Constructive Information Practices After Training: Feasibility, Aspects, and Effects in Peace Journalism Media Production
    Jake Lynch and Giuliana Tiripelli

    6. The Matter of Journalists’ Social Psychological Processes in Divided and Conflicted Society
    Huri Yontucu and Metin Ersoy

    7. Peace Journalism in a Non-Western Context: A Theoretical Perspective
    Shabir Hussain

    8. Journalism in Times of Pandemic: Ethical and Responsible Reporting in Transitional Societies
    Fabíola Ortiz dos Santos

    Section III: The People Formerly Known as Audiences – New Roles and Relationships with Publics

    9. Trust in Media: Relevance, Responsibility, and Epistemic Needs in Divided Societies
    Charis Rice and Maureen Taylor

    10. Responsible Journalism and Personalized News Communication: A Potential Route Toward More Relevant and Accountable News
    Burton St John III and Kirsten Johnson

    11. Trust in News in the Context of Political Polarization. A Case Study of Turkey
    Cigdem Bozdag and Suncem Kocer

    12. Objectivity as a Post-truth Excuse in Dystopian Realities
    Robin Blom

    13. Edification and Awareness: Educating the Public to Become More Media Literate Citizens
    Judith Roberts


    Jake Lynch is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK, in 2020.

    Charis Rice is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK.