To address the issue of inflammatory coverage of Syrian refugees, the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University has received a $35,000 grant from the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. The grant will fund a project titled, “Reporting Syrian Refugees: Building Communities of Understanding in Turkey.”
Partnering with the University of Istanbul, the project will feature seminars and field reporting experiences that seek to defuse the tension between refugee and host communities, and offer counter-narratives in the media that reject stereotypes and xenophobia. The project will begin with planning this fall and two regional seminars, taught by the Center for Global Peace Journalism’s Director Steven Youngblood, in southern Turkey in December. It will culminate with a Peace Journalism Summit in Istanbul in March, 2015. Participating in the summit will be two peace journalism students from Park University.
The Peace Journalist MagazineThe Peace Journalist is a semi-annual publication of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. The October 2014 edition features reports from Mexico, Palestine, Libya, Kenya, Nigeria, Gaza, Afghanistan, Bronx and Ferguson, Missouri.
About the Magazine
Peace JournalismWhat is Peace Journalism?
Peace Journalism is when editors and reporters make choices that improve the prospects for peace. These choices, including how to frame stories and carefully choosing which words are used, create an atmosphere conducive to peace and supportive of peace initiatives and peacemakers, without compromising the basic principles of good journalism. (Adapted from Lynch/McGoldrick, Peace Journalism). Peace Journalism gives peacemakers a voice while making peace initiatives and non-violent solutions more visible and viable.
To learn more about the basics of PJ, including some key principles and how PJ can be used in daily reporting, you can download our 2-page brochure, “Peace Journalism: An Introduction.”
About the Center for Global Peace Journalism
The Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University promotes the concepts of peace and peace journalism. More
ResourcesThe Center offers a series of resources about peace journalism, including:
- Case studies
- War Coverage
- Video and Audio
- Social Media
Peace Journalism Resources