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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

War journalism fuels hatred, violence in Gaza, Israel

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

As the inconceivable war in Gaza continues to unfold, so, too does the predictable propaganda war playing out in the media.

 This propaganda takes several forms. In an…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on July 21, 2014 at 12:21pm — 3 Comments

Battling immigrant stereotypes in the Bronx, NY

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

You can never go wrong asking people to criticize the media.

As I began my workshops last week at BronxNet/Lehman College in New York City, I started by asking the participants, “What’s wrong with the media?” The responses were animated, and didn’t deviate much from the common themes of inaccuracy and distortion. Then I narrowed the question,…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on July 14, 2014 at 11:11am — No Comments

Irresponsible headline shows need for peace journalism

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Peace Journalism teaches us that words matter, and that poorly selected words can, among other things, desensitize us to violence. A case in point is the cavalier use of the headline "Hobby Lobby ruling puts Green family in crosshairs" in today’s Kansas City…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on July 2, 2014 at 12:14pm — 2 Comments

Iraq coverage lacks balance, context, peace voices

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

In a media environment where peace journalism is being practiced, the current run-up period to possible renewed U.S. military intervention in Iraq would be covered by the media in a balanced way that proportionately reflects voices from both sides of…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on June 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

From Afp Conference: Peacemakers discuss communications triumphs, challenges

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

The key to success in peacebuilding, as it is in many endeavors, is communication. During the last three days, it was fascinating to learn about the peacebuilding field's communication triumphs and challenges during the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) annual conference in Washington, D.C.

AfP conference attendees all had some connection to…
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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 24, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments

#BringBackOurGirls fills void left by sluggish press

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism
 
On April 15, the press dutifully reported what they saw as  just another ho-hum horror story out of Africa—this time a kidnapping in Nigeria. This story wasn’t ignored, but it was presented as one more chapter in the same African narrative—a one-dimensional tale told ad naseum about African poverty and disease and…
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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 12, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

S. Sudan hate radio underscores need for peace journalism

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Sadly, the need for peace journalism has once again been starkly demonstrated in East Africa as radio-fueled violence descended upon South Sudan last week.

The United Nations reports that “hundreds of civilians” were killed last week in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity state.  The killings were “a tragic reflection of longstanding…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 24, 2014 at 12:35pm — 1 Comment

Does media coverage of KC shooting give voice to violence, extremism?

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Peace journalism is about much more than peace and war.
 
That lesson is being underscored this week in Kansas City, where we are in mourning over a series of shootings that killed three people last Sunday.
 
Peace journalists always consider the consequences of their reporting, and, at minimum, pledge…
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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 16, 2014 at 12:12pm — No Comments

The new Peace Journalist magazine has arrived!

The April, 2014 edition of the Peace Journalist magazine has been published. Click here to get the lastest peace journalism news from Northern Ireland, Fiji, Pakistan, Kenya, …

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 1, 2014 at 11:07am — No Comments

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