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Peace Journalism

  • ISBN-13: 9781903458501
  • Publisher: HAWTHORN PRESS
  • Author: Lynch, Jake and McGoldrick, Annabel
  • Price: AUD $98.99
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  • Local release date: 14/10/2005
  • Format: Paperback 288 pages Weight: 0g
  • Categories: Press & journalism [KNTJ]
Peace Journalism explains how most coverage of conflict unwittingly fuels further violence, and proposes workable options to give peace a chance. Topical case studies including Iraq and the 'war on terrorism' are supported by theory, analysis, archive material and photographs to: Contrast War Journalism and Peace Journalism: * Show how the reporting of war, violence and terror can be made more accurate and more useful * Offer practical tools and exercises for analysing and reporting the most important stories of our time. 'You cannot put it down without being convinced' --- Phillip Knightley, author, 'The First Casualty' 'Wholly refreshing - It is one of the strengths of this book that a range of problems are raised, from the choice of value-laden words and phrases to broader issues about the underlying ideology of the news agenda, the mind-set of journalists working to that agenda and the insidious nature of propaganda. Most importantly, it offers journalists a coherent, practical set of guidelines for facing up to these problems _ the undeniable merit of the authors' approach is that it makes journalists think more deeply about their overall responsibilities to society' --- From the Introduction by Roy Greenslade, Guardian media commentator and Professor of Journalism at City University, London 'Worth its weight in gold - Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick deserve much praise for making this enterprise exciting as well as instructive.' --- Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus, Princeton 'Elegantly written, often humourous, always encyclopaedic - the most refreshing and constructive analysis of media practice for years.' --- Stuart Rees, Professor Emeritus and Director,Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Sydney 'An indispensable training tool for journalists living and working in the midst of violent conflict.' --- Carolyn Arguillas, editor, Mindanews, the Philippines Review in The Morning Star, 17 October 2005 NOT perhaps the most exciting title for a book about the ethics and methods of responsible journalism, as the authors readily admit, but they felt it a best-fit description of what the book is about. Peace is often boring, while wars and conflict offer fascinating drama and vivid images - that is an unfortunate but widely accepted truism. Lynch and McGoldrick lecture in journalism at a number of colleges and are experienced practising journalists too. Their book is written in the form of a text book for budding hacks as well as lecturers in media studies. It is a brave attempt to confront the way wars and conflicts are treated by the media. Their advice and analyses are not only appropriate but urgently needed. However, like so many of those who write about media and journalism, they discuss the role of the journalist as if she/he exists outside the context of ownership. They write, somewhat starry-eyed, of journalists 'breathing life into the public sphere in which authority must account for itself' and of journalism bringing 'the reassuring sense that someone somewhere is monitoring developments.' This puts journalism on a pedestal, when, in fact, it is people with progressive ideas and aspirations who carry out this role, not journalists or journalism as such. Almost all newspapers, TV and radio stations and magazines today are owned by wealthy magnates or multinational businesses that are in there to make profit and to promote their own political agendas. Among daily newspapers, only the Morning Star, owned by its readers and not motivated by profit, pursues an avowedly anti-war and pro-peace agenda, but it unfortunately gets no mention in this book. While it is obvious that we all have to take responsibility for what we do - and journalists are no exception to this - journalists are not free agents and are invariably restricted in what they write and how they write by the agendas of their bosses. They are also censored or practice self-censorship to keep their jobs. Journalists might like to see themselves as reporters of the facts, informing and communicating with the wider public in an objective way, but, for the owners of their media, news is merely a commodity like any other for the generation of profit. To talk of a journalist's responsibility to facts and truth without recognition of the realities of ownership, is to talk very much in the abstract. Those journalists who write for the Sun and similar scurrilous tabloids cannot absolve themselves of responsibility for what their papers publish, but they are not primarily culpable - their stories are edited and often manipulated and distorted, as the authors convincingly demonstrate. They unpick the way in which news about the Yugoslav conflict was manipulated to conform to a NATO agenda. They show how this was done in one instance, using the example of the infamous and tendentious image that went around the world purportedly showing a 'Serb concentration camp.' Lynch and McGoldrick take us through media coverage of several recent conflicts - Iraq, Israel and Yugoslavia - in order to demonstrate convincingly how the agendas and framework for reporting are set by governments and those in power. They show how most reporting concentrates on events, sensation and drama and is invariably devoid of a deeper context or explanation about why a particular conflict is taking place. They argue that journalists need to be more sceptical about news management, propaganda and smokescreens - they should question more, dig deeper and look for underlying meanings. Moreover, they should look at and discuss solutions for avoiding conflict or peaceable solutions for ending them. They argue forcefully that the media can offer a potential for peace. Peace Journalism represents a rethinking of reporting and news coverage of conflicts. It explores concepts and methods of reporting and represents a valuable contribution to the development of a truly ethical journalism. --- JOHN GREEN
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