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Author: Steven Youngblood

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Prof. Raj Gandhi to visit Park Univ; discuss peace journalism

Join us at Park University (Parkville, MO; Greater Kansas City area) for an event celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday. The event features Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi, scholar, author, and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. 7:00-8:30-Monday, Aug. 26, Park University Chapel Gandhi: The first peace journalist What lessons can Gandhi teach us about journalism and public service, and

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Call for Submissions: The Peace Journalist
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Call for Submissions: The Peace Journalist

Dear Colleagues: I invite you to submit an article for the October, 2019 edition of the Peace Journalist magazine. We are seeking articles of 500-1500 words about peace and media projects, workshops, seminars, courses, and so on. Our magazine is journalism and media focused, so we do not seek articles about peace projects that do

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Northern Ireland media teaches lesson on responsible coverage
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Northern Ireland media teaches lesson on responsible coverage

By Steven Youngblood (@PeaceJourn), director, Center for Global Peace Journalism In any conflict or post-conflict zone, the hundreds of journalists I’ve worked with agree that they bear a particular responsibility to serve their communities by not exacerbating ongoing conflicts or re-ignite simmering ones. Sadly, this point was driven home last weekend with the murder of

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Somber anniversary reminds journalists of responsibilities

By Steven Youngblood (@PeaceJourn), director, Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University This weekend marks a somber anniversary in greater Kansas City—the fifth anniversary of a racist-motivated shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park that killed three people. At the time, I was concerned about coverage of the event in the Kansas City Star that

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New Peace Journalist magazine has arrived!

1 April 2019 Colleagues: Please find below links to the April, 2019 edition of The Peace Journalist, a semi-annual publication of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. You can download a .pdf of the publication at https://www.park.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Peace-Journalist-Apr2019-web.pdf . The magazine is also posted in a flip- through format on Issuu at: https://issuu.com/peacejournalism/docs/peace_journalist_apr2019__web .

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Journalist kidnapping spotlights importance of collective advocacy

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism A shot was fired across the bow of journalism last week in Cameroon, where a journalist was kidnapped. The abduction scare was a reminder of the fragility of individual journalists, the importance of our profession, and the essential nature of collective action to protect ourselves and

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Spreading the good news about Africa
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Spreading the good news about Africa

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism Peace journalism is largely about telling counternarratives–stories that offer a different perspective from traditional news coverage. Counternarratives are especially crucial when reporting about groups of people, since traditional coverage tends to over-rely on generalities and stereotypes that often create negative distortions or myths about “the other,” whether

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Victims trivialized in published NY Times photo
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Victims trivialized in published NY Times photo

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism One of the most difficult tests newspapers face is whether to publish horrifying, gory images from crime scenes and terrorist attacks. Journalists covering the recent Nairobi, Kenya hotel-office complex attack recently faced this test. On January 15, the New York Times published a graphic, bloody, close-up photo of

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Shutdown coverage should highlight suffering, explore solutions
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Shutdown coverage should highlight suffering, explore solutions

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism  In covering the government shutdown, some news outlets have tried to break free of the usual partisan bickering, and instead have offered exemplary reporting that tells stories of the voiceless government employees, concentrates on solutions, and rejects “us vs. them” narratives. In a Nexis Uni search

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Journalists from around the globe compare challenges, threats

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism (Santa Fe, NM)-I traveled 754 miles from Kansas City to Santa Fe, New Mexico this week to attend and speak at a conference titled, “Journalism Under Fire” (JUF). Little did I realize that this short trip would literally take me around the world. JUF was blessed

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