Peace Journalism

Authored by: Seow Ting Lee

The Routledge Handbook of Mass Media Ethics

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138681323
eBook ISBN: 9781315545929
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Peace journalism, viewed by many scholars as a moral imperative, is a goal-oriented strategy that repurposes journalism to consciously, actively and formally engage in promoting peace. Not without its detractors, peace journalism is controversial because its advocative and interpretive approaches challenge journalistic routines and norms directly. This chapter integrates theory and research through a review of five peace journalism studies that applied Galtung’s framework of war/peace journalism, including the very first empirical study to operationalize peace journalism, which was published in the Journal of Communication. Implications of the findings that extend Galtung’s four broad practice and linguistic orientations (peace/conflict, truth, people, and solutions) as well as directions for future research are discussed. Although the results from the five studies spanning four conflicts show that the salient indicators of peace journalism fall short of Galtung’s vision, they offer promising directions for explicating peace journalism as an ethical construct.

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