Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 20, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments
Now that finals are almost over at Park University, things are really going to start to get busy.
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 8, 2013 at 4:32pm — No Comments
If peace journalism means not inflaming passions, then why do peace journalists tell emotional stories? Aren't peace journalists biased?
These tough questions were posed by attendees at my keynote address last night at California State University-San Marcos. It was gratifying to see about 130 people in the audience for my presentation, "The Ethics of Peace Journalism: Serving a Higher Calling."…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 24, 2013 at 12:20pm — No Comments
By Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University
It’s not easy being a peace journalist who, on the one hand, wants to avoid inflammatory comments but, on the other hand, sees the need to expose those who would spread hate and divisiveness.
This very situation arose yesterday when I learned on Facebook of a flyer (pictured) that was distributed to the home of a colleague of…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 15, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments
The April edition of The Peace Journalist magazine, published by the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University, has arrived.
For a free .pdf download , click here.
The April 2013 edition features a piece…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 4, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments
Kenyan media generally practiced peace journalism in the aftermath of the March elections this year, according to observers as well as a small study conducted by peace journalism students at Park University. Yet interestingly, Kenyan media have come under fire for utilizing this style of reporting.
The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) wrote, “Some critics have condemned the media for not following up on claims made by politicians that the poll was rigged. For example,…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 1, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments
The 10-year anniversary of the Iraq war has led to some interesting soul-searching among American journalists and journalism organizations.
Two of the most insightful pieces were published by CNN and the Washington Post. In the CNN piece ("Duped in Iraq war, has press learned?"), Paul Waldman…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 28, 2013 at 2:55pm — No Comments
A 15-month Peace Media and Counterterrorism project is coming to a close today and tomorrow in Kampala, Uganda.Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 12, 2013 at 8:23am — No Comments
Experts: Peace will prevail in Kenya
Tororo, Uganda—The majority of experts gathered here today 8km from the Kenyan border believe that peace will prevail in Kenya in the aftermath of yesterday’s election.
The journalists, government officials, and security officials at our peace journalism seminar here believe that peace will prevail for several reasons. First, they said that Kenyan security officials are much…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 5, 2013 at 6:38am — No Comments
The peace journalism symposium (see below) has been rescheduled due to an impending snowstorm in Kansas City. The symposium will now be held from 11am-12:30pm this Friday, Feb 22. The location is the same--The Meetin House on the Park University campus. The event will still be streamed live.
"The Crisis in Mexico: Is Peace Journalism Possible?"
A special symposium considering…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on February 20, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The Peace Journalist is a semi-annual publication of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri USA.
The Peace Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, students, and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism.…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on February 7, 2013 at 12:26pm — No Comments
As a peace journalist, academic, and human being, is it incumbent upon me to speak out against prejudice and injustice, even if doing so could distract from the important message I’m trying to deliver?
A recent exchange with a colleague and a shocking video on NYTimes.com has left me pondering this question.
My professor friend, who teaches overseas, is boycotting academic exchanges and cooperation of any kind with Israeli academics and institutions. I wrote him to ask…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 30, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
By Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism
I had the honor of being the keynote speaker recently at the American Friends Service Committee's "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" film festival in Kansas City. The festival featured peace-themed videos produced by area students. My speech, titled "Viral Peace", is below. Sorry for the all caps--it's just the way I…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 22, 2013 at 3:33pm — No Comments
By Steven Youngblood
As peace journalists, our prime directive is to consider the consequences of our reporting.
For example, when covering terrorist attacks, this means being careful to frame our stories in such a way as to not glorify the perpetrators or sensationalize the violence. When covering something like the Sandy Hook shootings, this means reporting that doesn’t make a bad situation worse. This means producing stories that…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 21, 2012 at 11:27am — No Comments
Journalism has a long, proud tradition of giving voice to the voiceless. In fact, this notion is spelled out in the Society for Professional Journalists Code of Ethics: “Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.”
Since Friday’s mass shooting, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the voiceless.
As I’ve taught peace journalism abroad, the voiceless have usually been the extremely poor, the displaced, and victims of war…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 17, 2012 at 1:08pm — No Comments
I appeared a few days ago on KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate. The program, Central Standard, was excellent, and my host, Jabulani Leffall, was thoughtful and well prepared. (Click here to listen to archived copy of the program in which I discuss peace journalism and my new book…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 14, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments
Today--last day for free download of Professor Komagum
Today, Dec. 5, is the last day for a free download (first 100 pgs) of the Professor Komagum ebook. After today, the cost jumps all the way up to 99 cents! Professor Komagum is about my 11 months spent teaching peace journalism in Uganda. Click here for your ebook, or to order a printed…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 5, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
It’s been an outstanding two days at the International Peace Research Association conference in Tsu, Japan. This is the first opportunity I’ve had at any conference to talk shop with researchers in and practitioners of peace journalism. Some presentation highlights:
Kony 2012: This presentation dissected and analyzed the viral video about Joseph Kony, who terrorized Uganda for about 20 years. Among the criticisms: Kony’s child victims were not (were never) invisible; Ugandan…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on November 27, 2012 at 8:20am — No Comments
Israeli and Palestinian media are practicing irresponsible journalism that is inflaming passions and exacerbating the current Gaza conflict.
An examination of about a dozen Israeli and Palestinian sources on 15 November reveals a shared tendency of media in the region to practice traditional inflammatory war journalism and to “rally around the flag” during this conflict.
What this admittedly cursory examination does not include, notably, is an examination of journalism…