Steven L. Youngblood's Blog Posts Tagged 'peace' (138)

Media distortions: An international phenomenon

By Steven Youngblood, director,Center for Global Peace Journalism

(Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica)--Media distortions and myths were central to our best discussion of the week here at my peace journalism workshop at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.

One of the central tenets of peace journalism is that reporting as traditionally practiced exaggerates and distorts reality. The basic premise of this theory, as…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on February 5, 2016 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Call for Papers: April 2016 Peace Journalist magazine

The Peace Journalist magazine is seeking submissions for our April, 2016  edition. The Peace Journalist is a semi-annual publication (print and .pdf) of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. The Peace Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, students, and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism.

Submissions are welcome from all. For the next edition of The Peace Journalist, we are…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 27, 2016 at 11:36am — No Comments

Covering the Oregon standoff: Should journalists use "terrorists"?

By Steven Youngblood, director,Center for Global Peace Journalism

Regardless of what one thinks of the armed men who have taken over a wildlife refuge building in Oregon, a peace journalist would be very careful about the language they use to describe the occupiers, especially when it comes to using the term terrorist.

The New York Times, Washington Post, and others have begun a…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 5, 2016 at 11:58am — No Comments

Covering Trump--and holding him accountable

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Our current presidential campaign is providing a laboratory for studying how media cover a candidate who uses inflammatory language and demagoguery. Interestingly, the candidate in question is not dissimilar to candidates I’ve seen in East Africa who rely more on bombast and emotion than logic.



Of course, I’m…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 15, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Media weep for Paris, virtually ignore Beirut. Why?

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

While the world followed every detail of the Paris attacks, wept along with Parisians, and changed their Facebook profile pictures to the French tricolor flag, a similar attack the day before in Beirut, Lebanon went virtually ignored by the Western media.



A Lexis-Nexis database search of newspapers coverage of both…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on November 17, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Students pessimistic, pragmatic about peace

By Steven Youngblood, director,Center for Global Peace Journalism

 Park University students and faculty debated the nature of peace, and the chances for peace, during a Peace Teach-In on Sept. 21-22. The event was held to commemorate the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

17 Park classes scattered across many disciplines took part in the discussion.

Many discussions began with the question, “What is…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on September 23, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Peace teach-in to explore nature of peace

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

To commemorate the International Day of Peace on Monday, Sept. 21, students in 17 Park University classes across the country will be discussing the weighty questions, “What is Peace?,” and “Is Peace Possible?” These conversations will occur on Monday or Tuesday in classes from diverse disciplines such…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on September 16, 2015 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

Horrifying photo of Syrian child leaves tough choices for journalists

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism



The first time I saw the picture, I looked away quickly, shocked. The second time I saw it, tears welled up in my eyes.
If you haven’t seen the image, consider yourself fortunate, because it will haunt you. The photo is of a small boy, a Syrian refugee, who drowned and washed ashore in Turkey. The New York Times said…
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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on September 3, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Critic: Peace journalism=not objective, achievable, realistic. I beg to differ.

This reply is in response to a blog post from Stephanie Bosset, a photographer and journalist based in London, who “disagrees with the concept of peace journalism.” 

Dear Stephanie:

I’d like to thank you for your thoughtful post on peace journalism. While we don’t agree, there is certainly value in the discussion, and in the issues you raise.



First, like many critics of peace…
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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 26, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Call for Papers: The Peace Journalist magazine



The Peace Journalist magazine is seeking submissions for our October, 2015 edition. The Peace Journalist is a semi-annual publication (print and .pdf) of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. The Peace…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 13, 2015 at 9:40am — No Comments

Peace journalism: One ingredient in Kashmiri peace recipe

By Steven Youngblood, director,Center for Global Peace Journalism

AWANTIPORA, INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR—As our last peace journalism class ended at the Islamic University of Science and Technology, one student couldn’t restrain himself as he asked me the million dollar/rupee question: How would you solve the conflict in Kashmir?

I tried not to answer sarcastically, or flippan​tly, since…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 10, 2015 at 11:51am — No Comments

Kashmiri reporters discuss peace journalism approach, label

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

SRINIGAR, INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR--Whenever journalists get together, a spirited discussion usually follows. This was certainly the case as I met the news team yesterday at Rising Kashmir newspaper.

The meeting was organized for me to very briefly introduce the principles of peace journalism. As it turned out, it was much less…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 6, 2015 at 4:49am — 2 Comments

Kashmir project generates good face-to-face questions, anger online

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global PeaceJournalism

My visit to Kashmir has generated some spirited (to put it charitably) comments, both in person and online.

 At a lecture at Kashmir University (KU)  today, an intelligent and lively audience quizzed me about the advisability and applicability of peace journalism in the region. The questions were pointed, but good. I conceded that implementing…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 4, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Screaming coverage provides grist for Kashmir peace journalism seminar

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

AWANTIPORA, INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR—Sadly, there seems to be no end to the examples our world produces that demonstrate the need for a better approach to journalism. This latest example occurred yesterday in a neighboring state, Punjab, where 10 people were killed during an attack in a town called Gurdaspur. Three attackers were also killed after a…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on July 28, 2015 at 9:25am — No Comments

New peace journalism textbook in progress

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Peace journalism in Kashmir

I will be traveling to the Kashmir region of India in about 2 weeks for a major peace journalism project that will involve seminars and lectures for university students, curriculum planning sessions, and a workshop for professional journalists. Updates will be posted, of course, on…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on July 10, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Saying goodbye to a 112-year old friend

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

NOTE: The following blog, from February, 2001, was written about our

visit to Northern Uganda. The highlight of our stay was meeting then 108

year old Grandma Kerodia (pictured below with my son). I'm sad to

report that Kerodia passed away last week at the incredible age of

approximately 112. In…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on June 10, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Kuwaiti journalists confront tough questions

By Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

 KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT--Is Kuwaiti press free when journalists are prohibited from criticizing the emir (king) or from attacking religions like Islam.

The discussion that followed those questions at the Arab Media Forum were among the most interesting I’ve ever had with overseas journalists.
International press NGO’s have…
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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 21, 2015 at 7:38am — No Comments

Kuwaiti journalists explore lives of those marginalized

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

In Arabic, Bidoon means “without.” Here in Kuwait, Bidoon is the word used to label the 100,000-150,000 stateless persons who are, indeed, “without” in every sense of the word.

As part of our U.S. Embassy-sponsored, three-day peace journalism seminar at the Arab Media Forum in Kuwait City, my reporter/students and I visited an 18,000 member…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 18, 2015 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Newspaper images, words exacerbate Baltimore unrest

By Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Analysis of day-after newspaper coverage of the unrest in Baltimore on Monday, Apr. 27 shows that images and words used too often exacerbated the tense situation there.

A mini-study was conducted of 10 leading newspaper front pages from the NY Times, Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Chicago…
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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 29, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

After Garissa, Kenyan papers reject sensationalism

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

When violence occurs, journalists of course must cover it. Peace journalism differs in that it encourages a discussion of how to responsibly report such violence.

One example is the awful events of April 2, when 147 people were killed in an attack at Garissa University in Kenya.

In perusing Kenyan newspaper front pages from the next…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 13, 2015 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

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