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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

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

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