Steven L. Youngblood's Blog (120)

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 — 1 Comment

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

When haters die, what's a peace journalist to do?

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism



As peace journalists, we’re used to often being a lone voice in the wilderness. At no time is that more true than today.
 
Yesterday, a man who is arguably the most hated person in the country died. 
 
I refuse to even write his name to avoid giving him even one more byte of publicity. Of course, I am…
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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Peace Journalism seeds take root in Cyprus

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 17, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Surprises abound at EMU-Cyprus lecture

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

The class for my lecture today at Eastern Mediterranean University in northern Cyprus was full of surprises.

My first surprise was the composition of the class, which I had expected would consist of Turks and Turkish Cypriots. I was delighted to learn that EMU has an international student profile similar to…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 11, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Peacekeepers, checkpoint: Reminders about our mission in Cyprus

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism; Twitter @PeaceJourn

While Cyprus is certainly beautiful, we were reminded yesterday that we’re not here on vacation.

As we boarded our plane in London, we…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 9, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

Last call for papers: The Peace Journalist Magazine

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on February 25, 2014 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Ukraine: Cold war rhetoric does disservice to media consumers

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

In a cold-war flashback, the media in Russia and the U.S. seem to be offering competing narratives about the uprising in Ukraine.

This was brought to my attention by one of the best students I have ever had, Iryna, a Ukrainian who is currently studying abroad. Iryna participated in a peace journalism training several years ago. She wrote,…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on February 20, 2014 at 1:37pm — No Comments

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