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The Peace Journalism Option represents the findings of the Conflict and Peace Journalism summer school which took place at Taplow Court in Buckinghamshire, UK, over the week of August 25-29 1997. Participants comprised journalists, media academics and students from Europe, Africa, Asia and the U.S. who divided their time between lectures, workshops and debate. The resulting document is a fair representation of the findings but may not represent the whole view of any of the contributors.
- Media coverage is integral to shaping the course of events in war & peace. With technology bringing more rapid and intense coverage, the connection becomes increasingly clear.
- Given this, for journalists the illusion of objectivity is over. Everyone has an agenda from PR companies like Hill & Knowlton to the British Civil Service and including the news services themselves competing for ratings and sales.
- Nevertheless, too much journalism swallows whole and unexamined the agenda of elites in the form of official information sources. When war is on the agenda the illusion of objectivity can be a cloak for war mongering.
- This form of ‘war journalism’ demonises the enemy and patronises the victims. It conceals or ignores peace initiatives.
- Martin Bell’s Journalism of Attachment is only half a solution. However human interest stories can easily detract from proper analysis.
- Peace journalism consciously adopts an agenda for peace believing it to be the only genuine alternative to an unacknowledged or otherwise agenda for war.
- It maps the pre-violence conflict, identifying many parties and more causes, thereby opening up unexpected paths towards dialogue and peace making.
- Peace journalism humanises all sides of the conflict and is prepared to document both deceit and suffering as well as peace initiatives from all parties.
- It devises ways to empower non-elites by tracing relations of influence between their agendas and real effects, building an alternative framework for understanding the process of change. In this way it transcends tired categories of victim journalism and vox poppery.
- This approach holds good across the spectrum of conflict reporting particularly for politics. Its adoption would be courageous at a time when audiences are increasingly sceptical of news values which unquestioningly exalt official information sources.
- The Structure of Foreign News- Johan Galtung and Mari Holmboe Ruge
- Book: Peace Journalism Option
- PEACE JOURNALISM- WHAT IS IT? HOW TO DO IT? By Annabel McGoldrick and Jake Lynch
- PEACE JOURNALISM FOR JOURNALISTS- By Jake Lynch
- Peace Journalism- Website