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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

Charleston shooting: Journos should avoid the term terrorist

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

What is a terrorist?

This important question has popped up this last week in the aftermath of the Charleston church shootings. In my peace journalism class at Park University, this question always leads to the most lively discussion of the semester, with some students taking a hard line while others narrow the definition to exclude, for example,…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on June 26, 2015 at 11:09am — 4 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

At Summit, journalists debate coverage of Syrian refugees

by Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

ISTANBUL, TURKEY)—The plight of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Turkey was presented during the last half of the Istanbul Peace Journalism Summit at the University of Istanbul.

Activist (don’t call him a journalist) Kemal Tarlan discussed his photography project aimed at depicting Roma in the region. In one of his photo essays, he shot…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 28, 2015 at 5:44am — 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

Peace comes alive at Univ for Peace

By Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

(Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica)--Almost everywhere where it’s taught, peace journalism is an outlier: an odd stranger who wanders onto campus with lots of energy and some heretical ideas.

However, here in the jungles of Costa Rica, it’s different. Not only is peace journalism not perceived as odd, but instead, it’s seen as an integral…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 26, 2015 at 8:00am — No 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

The New Peace Journalist magazine has arrived!

The April, 2015 Peace Journalist magazine is here! This edition features articles about our peace journalism project in Turkey (Reporting Syrian Refugees)as well as pieces from Greece, Jordan, and Afghanistan.

Click here to view online through Issue-- http://tinyurl.com/kaeavej . Or, use this link to view/download a .pdf file: …

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 1, 2015 at 12:43pm — No Comments

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.



In…

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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

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