(Beirut, Lebanon)--For most Americans, discussions about peace and war are, thankfully, abstract. Sadly, that’s not the case here in Lebanon, where talk of war, of “the enemy”, and of the prospects for peace is never far from the surface.…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 23, 2013 at 2:18am — No Comments
Now that finals are almost over at Park University, things are really going to start to get busy.
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If peace journalism means not inflaming passions, then why do peace journalists tell emotional stories? Aren't peace journalists biased?
These tough questions were posed by attendees at my keynote address last night at California State University-San Marcos. It was gratifying to see about 130 people in the audience for my presentation, "The Ethics of Peace Journalism: Serving a Higher Calling."…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 24, 2013 at 12:20pm — No Comments
By Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University
It’s not easy being a peace journalist who, on the one hand, wants to avoid inflammatory comments but, on the other hand, sees the need to expose those who would spread hate and divisiveness.
This very situation arose yesterday when I learned on Facebook of a flyer (pictured) that was distributed to the home of a colleague of…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 15, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments
The April edition of The Peace Journalist magazine, published by the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University, has arrived.
For a free .pdf download , click here.
The April 2013 edition features a piece…Continue
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Kenyan media generally practiced peace journalism in the aftermath of the March elections this year, according to observers as well as a small study conducted by peace journalism students at Park University. Yet interestingly, Kenyan media have come under fire for utilizing this style of reporting.
The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) wrote, “Some critics have condemned the media for not following up on claims made by politicians that the poll was rigged. For example,…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on April 1, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments
The 10-year anniversary of the Iraq war has led to some interesting soul-searching among American journalists and journalism organizations.
Two of the most insightful pieces were published by CNN and the Washington Post. In the CNN piece ("Duped in Iraq war, has press learned?"), Paul Waldman…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 28, 2013 at 2:55pm — No Comments
A 15-month Peace Media and Counterterrorism project is coming to a close today and tomorrow in Kampala, Uganda.Continue
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Experts: Peace will prevail in Kenya
Tororo, Uganda—The majority of experts gathered here today 8km from the Kenyan border believe that peace will prevail in Kenya in the aftermath of yesterday’s election.
The journalists, government officials, and security officials at our peace journalism seminar here believe that peace will prevail for several reasons. First, they said that Kenyan security officials are much…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 5, 2013 at 6:38am — No Comments
Tororo, Uganda—In this town 8km from the Kenyan border, all eyes today were on the Kenyan presidential election. The attention here isn’t so much on the result, but rather on whether this election will mimic the violent 2007 one.
As the day unfolded here, I spoke about the potential for election violence in Kenya with security officials and journalists who are attending the peace journalism workshop I’m teaching here. The consensus this morning was that there may be sporadic…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on February 23, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The peace journalism symposium (see below) has been rescheduled due to an impending snowstorm in Kansas City. The symposium will now be held from 11am-12:30pm this Friday, Feb 22. The location is the same--The Meetin House on the Park University campus. The event will still be streamed live.
"The Crisis in Mexico: Is Peace Journalism Possible?"
A special symposium considering…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on February 20, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The Peace Journalist is a semi-annual publication of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri USA.
The Peace Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, students, and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism.…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on February 7, 2013 at 12:26pm — No Comments
As a peace journalist, academic, and human being, is it incumbent upon me to speak out against prejudice and injustice, even if doing so could distract from the important message I’m trying to deliver?
A recent exchange with a colleague and a shocking video on NYTimes.com has left me pondering this question.
My professor friend, who teaches overseas, is boycotting academic exchanges and cooperation of any kind with Israeli academics and institutions. I wrote him to ask…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 30, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
By Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism
I had the honor of being the keynote speaker recently at the American Friends Service Committee's "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" film festival in Kansas City. The festival featured peace-themed videos produced by area students. My speech, titled "Viral Peace", is below. Sorry for the all caps--it's just the way I…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 22, 2013 at 3:33pm — No Comments
By Steven Youngblood
As peace journalists, our prime directive is to consider the consequences of our reporting.
For example, when covering terrorist attacks, this means being careful to frame our stories in such a way as to not glorify the perpetrators or sensationalize the violence. When covering something like the Sandy Hook shootings, this means reporting that doesn’t make a bad situation worse. This means producing stories that…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 21, 2012 at 11:27am — No Comments
Journalism has a long, proud tradition of giving voice to the voiceless. In fact, this notion is spelled out in the Society for Professional Journalists Code of Ethics: “Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.”
Since Friday’s mass shooting, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the voiceless.
As I’ve taught peace journalism abroad, the voiceless have usually been the extremely poor, the displaced, and victims of war…
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 17, 2012 at 1:08pm — No Comments
I appeared a few days ago on KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate. The program, Central Standard, was excellent, and my host, Jabulani Leffall, was thoughtful and well prepared. (Click here to listen to archived copy of the program in which I discuss peace journalism and my new book…Continue
Added by Steven L. Youngblood on December 14, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments