Steven L. Youngblood's Blog (164)

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

Celebrating the ordinary at an extraordinary place

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

NEAR MALATYA, TURKEY—In this small town called Beydagi, population 8,000, there are lots of signs of what appears to be a normal life.

There’s a small graveyard here. Officials perform about 60-70 weddings every year. The local clothing shop has a good selection of satiny, fashionable wedding dresses. In fact, there’s a good selection of…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on November 12, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments

Coming Soon: Reporting Syrian Refugees in Malatya, Turkey

By Steven Youngblood, director,Center for Global Peace Journalism

Do Turkish media responsibly cover Syrian refugees? Can the principles of peace journalism be applied to improve reporting about refugees, and to help build bridges with refugee host communities in east-central Turkey?



These vital questions will be on the agenda at a symposium next week in Malatya titled, "Reporting Syrian Refugees: Building…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on November 5, 2015 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Peacebuilding celebrated in Kansas City

By Steven Youngblood,director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Here in Kansas City, we're doing more than celebrating our WORLD CHAMPION KANSAS CITY ROYALS. (Sorry, the caps lock must be stuck). Last weekend, representatives from Park University and several other area educational institutions got together to discuss the role of education as an essential peacebuilding tool.

The two day event started with…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on November 2, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Study: Refugee coverage surges, then plummets

 By Steven Youngblood

An informal survey done by the Center for Global Peace Journalismat Park University underscores what researchers have been saying for years: that international coverage in American media is concentrated on only a handful of locales, and reflects the culture’s Eurocentrism. A case in point is the coverage of Syrian refugees. A revealing Lexis Nexis search shows that the issue was largely…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on October 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The new Peace Journalist Magazine is out!

The October edition ofThe Peace Journalist has arrived.

This edition features articles from Turkey (Reporting Syrian Refugees project), Kuwait, the Philippines, Nigeria, Kashmir, and many other locales.

You can view/download a .pdf copy of…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on October 2, 2015 at 11:55am — No Comments

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

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