Media, Peace and Conflict Sensitive Reporting



Aim: In two sessions, this course is aimed at helping participants appreciate the double role of journalism in framing issues to promote common ground as well as its potential to inflame populations in case of bad reporting

Objective: To make participants appreciate a new a paradigm where journalism is invited to proactively and deliberately deconstruct the conventional values that favour conflict and violence to new ones that promote common ground.

Scope: Given limitations of time, the course in the first session will explore the roles, principles and values of journalism in society; and instances where journalism failed in upholding those roles leading to genocide and mass atrocities. In the second session, the peace-journalism and conflict-sensitive reporting frameworks will be explained to emphasize the need of reframing conventional mass media values that tend to focus on conflict and violence.

References and Readings

 –Spencer Graham (2005), The Media and Peace: From Vietnam to The War on Terror’, Palgrave Macmillan.

-The Netherlands Association of Journalists (2002), The Role of Media in Conflict

Prevention and Peace Building, The Hague.

-Du Toit, Peter (2012). Conflict Sensitive Reporting: A Tool Box for Journalists; Soi Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhode University, Grahams town.

-Ross Howard (2012). Conflict Sensitive Journalism: International Media Support Co-Penhagen.

-Young Blood, Steven (2016). Peace Journalism Principles and Practice, Taylor and Frances.

Pandeli Pani, (2017). Introduction to Conflict Sensitive Reporting. Fried rich Neumann Foundation for Freedom.

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