Steven L. Youngblood's Blog – May 2011 Archive (5)

Celebrating life with Joplin tornado victims

As my brother, uncle, a Moldovan friend and I chatted about cars at a Kansas City-area watering hole last night, we were politely interrupted by a 30-something woman who asked us if we wanted to see a picture of her car. We said sure, not knowing what she had in mind. Her white Camry was speared through the back window by a long 2X4. It took a minute to figure out, but we quickly realized she was a tornado victim.

She and her husband lived in a second story apartment block that didn't…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 28, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments

Peace Journalism and the Apocalypse


Should a peace journalist—or any responsible journalism organization—publish the rantings of a lunatic?


Peace journalism is imbedded in the fundamentals of good journalism, beginning with double checking and verifying what is published. Since we can’t verify the hallucinations of an 89-year old attention seeker, we shouldn’t give them credibility by broadcasting and publishing them.


In my recent PJ courses and lectures in Uganda and South Africa, we…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 21, 2011 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

A letter from Cape Town to South African actress Charlize Theron

Dear Charlize:


How’s the family? Any good Hollywood meltdowns lately, or other celebrity dirt?


As I promised at our last meeting over cocktails in Malibu, I’m writing to fill you in on my visit to your homeland, South Africa.


Here in Cape Town, I’ve been received like a long lost brother by my colleagues at the University of Cape Town, where I’ve delivered a few lectures and met with communications professors about peace journalism. I…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 19, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments

On the air in Cape Town; Goodbye to Uganda

Reasonably Coherent on Voice of Cape FM

I recently did a talk show on a radio station here in Cape Town, South Africa. We talked about how peace journalism and community development go hand in hand, among other things. To hear a mediocre copy of this broadcast, go to


Farewell to Uganda, Part…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 11, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Ugandan Journalist Seeks Peace; Finds Conflict Instead

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—On the same day that I arrived in South Africa to teach and tour, my Ugandan “sister”, peace journalism trainer Gloria Laker, almost died.


When I read her tale below, I was flooded me with emotions—anger, fear, and relief among them. This is the story, in her own words (edited for length and style), of how she got caught up in rioting in Kampala and narrowly missed being seriously injured or even killed.

“It all started with an early…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on May 5, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

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