Steven L. Youngblood's Blog Posts Tagged 'peace' (117)

Charlie Hebdo coverage offers mixed bag

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism



Editor's note: I first wrote about Charlie Hebdo coverage two days after the attacks this January. I have taken that material and updated it for the Peace Journalist magazine, which is coming out in April. Here is that piece:



In the months that have followed the Charlie Hebdo murders, media worldwide have offered up a mixed bag of sensationalism and occasionally insightful coverage.



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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 17, 2015 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? Word use takes center stage in Jordan

by Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

(Dead Sea, Jordan)--Was the war in Gaza last summer an “operation?” Are those who attack the innocent freedom fighters, terrorists, extremists, or Islamic fundamentalists?

These questions about the use of language by media were on center stage today at a Conflict Reporting session that I moderated here at Gather +962, a meeting of…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on February 27, 2015 at 4:23pm — 1 Comment

Call for Papers: The Peace Journalist Magazine

Call for Papers—The Peace Journalist magazine

The Peace Journalist magazine is looking for submissions for our April, 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 Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, students, and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 28, 2015 at 12:24pm — No Comments

How a Syrian refugee taught me about resiliency and humanity in Adana, Turkey

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

(NEAR ADANA, TURKEY)--As we took off our shoes off to enter Sevsan’s living room, it would have been easy to think  we were in an average home somewhere in the Arab world.

Sevsan (below, right), a pretty, 30ish housewife adored with a colorful scarf covering her hair, smiled and offered us a comfortable seat on one of the cushions…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 22, 2015 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

SLIDESHOW: Tent cities pose challenges for Syrian refugees, Turkish hosts

Tu rkey Peace Journalism Project

Tent cities pose challenges for 

Syrian residents, Turkish hosts…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 20, 2015 at 7:44am — No Comments

Peace journalists analyze refugee reporting in Turkey

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Adana, Turkey—As the first of two peace journalism seminars got underway here yesterday, the operative question was this: What are the obstacles to professionally reporting about the 2.3 million Syrian refugees here in Turkey?

The first major obstacle is access to the refugee camps. There are two such camps within a two hour drive of…
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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 17, 2015 at 11:17am — No Comments

On reporting Charlie Hebdo: Peace journalists must shun polarizing narratives

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

The aftermath of the reprehensible murders of Charlie Hebdo journalists gives media an opportunity to use the principles of peace journalism to turn down the heat while shedding light on what happened and why.  

First, responsible peace journalists would give a full report about what happened in Paris without ignoring any of the violent reality. (A…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 8, 2015 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

2014 Peace Journalism: Media lessons from Ferguson; PJ blooms in Bronx, Kenya

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

The media were dominated by news from and about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri in the last half of 2014. From a peace journalist’s perspective, coverage of Ferguson, while often sub-par, did provide a valuable learning opportunity for reporters and students of media.



In August, immediately after Michael Brown was killed, in an…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 5, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

2014 presents challenges for peace journalism: A year in review, Part I

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Unfortunately, 2014 proved to be a year of challenges for journalists and a year that tested the principles of peace journalism.

The “Peace Journalism Insights” blog began the year by introducing a Kenyan journalist named Robert. A former student at one of my seminars, Robert…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A peace-journalism style Ferguson front page

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

My peace journalism class at Park University and I spent a great deal of time last week critiquing newspaper front pages from last Tuesday, the day after the…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 1, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ferguson media coverage offers mixed bag

By Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Last night’s television coverage of the crisis in Ferguson was a mixed bag, occasionally offering sober commentary and context, but all too often devolving into “play by play” coverage of the unrest.

CNN and Fox had similar “play by play” coverage of what was happening on the streets. While both covered the looting, Fox showed this aspect…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Ferguson and media: A second chance to get it right

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

It’s not often that we have a second chance to “get it right.” However, the press may have that very opportunity in the wake of the upcoming Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision.

Last August, as the shooting and subsequent unrest unfolded, the media, like a plague of locusts, descended upon Ferguson, leaving in their wake a barren field of…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on November 20, 2014 at 12:58pm — No Comments

In KC, peacebuilders ponder forgiveness: Kony? Bin Laden?

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Should Joseph Kony be forgiven by Ugandans, and should Osama Bin Laden be forgiven by Americans?

These controversial questions were among those I posed during my keynote address Saturday, Nov. 1 at the symposium “Culture of Forgiveness: Peacebuilding Lessons from Uganda.” The event, held at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in the…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on November 3, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Rongo, Kenya university students embrace, appreciate Peace Journalism

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Here on a hill overlooking the picturesque East African countryside, up a rutted dirt road, is t he last place one would expect to find a university. In fact, until about…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on October 20, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

The new Peace Journalist magazine has arrived

The October, 2014 edition of the Peace Journalist magazine is here. This special edition addresses how the press…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on September 30, 2014 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Is the International Day of Peace an exercise in futility?

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

A friend and colleague recently wrote me and asked if I, as an advocate for peace, was discouraged by the avalanche of violence that seems to be engulfing mankind.

It would certainly be easy to be discouraged, or even to abandon the notion that peace is possible, given the new status quo in Ukraine, the Central African Republic, Iraq,…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on September 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Nazi propaganda exhibit offers valuable, timely lessons

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Among other factors, “press indifference” helped the Nazi party consolidate power in the early 1930’s in Germany, according to our guide at the National Archives-Kansas City’s exhibit of “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.”

The Park University peace journalism class toured the exhibit today.

It is exactly this press…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on September 10, 2014 at 3:36pm — No Comments

How should reporters cover Ferguson? Here are some tips.

Covering Civic Unrest: A Peace Journalism Perspective



The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri has fueled a number of questions about how reporters should cover the violence there. Indeed, how to report about Ferguson (and future Fergusons) will be at the top of the agenda when I meet with reporters at The Kansas City Star newspaper on Friday. As I prepare for Friday's discussion, I have come up with a tip sheet for covering civic unrest. Of course, any suggestions or input…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 20, 2014 at 11:58am — 2 Comments

Call for Papers: The Peace Journalist Magazine

Call for Papers—The Peace Journalist magazine

 The Peace Journalist is a semi-annual publication 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 October, 2014 edition of The Peace Journalist, we are…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 18, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

In Mexico City, journalists strive to become agents of change

by Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism



Despite the challenges, journalists can be agents of change.

This important and encouraging message was the most critical take-away from the symposium, “Journalism for Change”, held last week in Mexico City. Sponsored by the NGO Ashoka, the symposium gathered influential Mexican and Latin American…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 13, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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