Peace journalism is a fairly new-age concept. Defined by Lynch and McGoldrick (2005) peace journalism is “when editors and reporters make choices – of what to report, and how to report it – that create opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict”.
Peace journalism arose from the idea that media coverage of issues was bias towards violent responses to conflict. The concept of ‘Peace journalism’ was proposed by Johan Galtung and promotes the education of journalists and media networks in storytelling techniques that discourage violence. In an age where adolescents are more in-touch with media than every before, it is vital that the media encourages positive reinforcement and non-violent resolutions to conflict.
In order to successfully practice peace journalism, a piece must “show backgrounds and contexts of conflicts; hear from all sides; explore hidden agendas; highlight peace ideas and initiatives” (peacejournalism.org)
Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick use their extensive experience and knowledge not only to teach in Universities across Australia (such as University of Sydney) but also to run “professional training courses for editors and reporters in many countries. These countries include Australia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Nepal, Israel, Georgia and Armenia.” “From 2001 to 2005, Lynch and McGoldrick presented the ideas of peace journalism to professional journalists in British media, in the Reporting the World project, with large emphasis being put on coverage of the ‘war on terrorism’, Iraq and conflicts in South-East Europe, Africa, Indonesia and the Middle East.” (sydney.edu.au)
In a society where conflict is a story appearing every day in the media, Peace journalism is a vital element for encouraging peace in society.
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