statement The Center for Global Peace
Journalism at Park University promotes the concepts of peace and peace
journalism. The center does this through seminars, courses, and projects
both in the U.S. and abroad, through its website and semi-annual
magazine, and through partnerships with like-minded organizations and
What is Peace Journalism? In Peace Journalism, reporters
and editors make choices that create an atmosphere where peace becomes
possible. This includes avoiding inflammatory language and framing
stories in such a way as to not exacerbate already volatile situations.
(Adapted from Lynch/McGoldrick)
director Steven Youngblood is a two-time J. William
Fulbright Scholar (Moldova 2001 and Azerbaijan 2007). He has taught in
12 countries for the U.S. State Department, UNICEF, USAID, and People to People
April edition of "The Peace Journalist"
is published For
a free download of the April, 2013 edition of The Peace
here or on the photo of the cover.
The April 2013 edition features a piece by
peace journalist Professor Jake Lynch about the International
Peace Research Association's latest research on PJ, and articles
about PJ projects in Uganda and Kenya.
Center for Global PJ Activities
Keynote speech: "The Ethics of Peace Journalism: Serving
a Higher Calling." Communication and Media Days, Univ. of
California-San Marcos, April 24, 2013. (Pictured, right)
2. "The Crisis in Mexico: Is Peace Journalism Possible?"
A special symposium considering this important issue was held on
Feb. 22 at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. The event was
co-sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
panelists includes Cristina Zesatti (Zacatecas, Mexico), who
described how her Peace Correspondent project is inspiring her
community, and Mary Sanchez (Kansas City
Star). Sanchez said that most professionals don’t know about
peace journalism, although they should, since peace journalism
is, in fact, just fundamentally sound journalism. Sanchez said
that American journalists can learn a great deal from their
2.In the News-Center Director Steven
Youngblood appeared on KCUR-FM (NPR in Kansas City) in December
to discuss peace journalism and his book about teaching in
Uganda, "Professor Komagum". Click here to
listen to this archived broadcast.
3. Bronx Peace Media Project--A peace media project was held in October
2012 in the Bronx, NY. It featured
two peace journalism seminars for journalists and students at BronxNet. Among the discussions: the concept of forgiveness,
even for the worst among us. See video below, students went out
into the streets to initiate a discussion about if Osama Bin
Laden should be forgiven.
4. International Peace Research Association—Youngblood
presented two papers on peace journalism at an international
conference in November in Japan. For details, see the
2013 Peace Journalist magazine.
Center for Global Peace Journalism:
1. Peace media/counterterrorism project--A peace media
and counterterrorism program launched in Dec., 2011 and is
continuing this fall. The project (click
here for details) is bringing together media and security
officials to in Uganda to establish frameworks of cooperation on
anti-terrorism efforts. It is funded with a $150,000 State Dept.
grant. For more information, go to:
http://stevenyoungblood.blogspot.com. (Pictured: Criminal
Justice Prof. Ken Christopher in Uganda).
3."People Building Peace 2.0"--A story about the
Uganda PJ project is featured in the book "People
Building Peace 2.0". The Uganda story by S. Youngblood was
selected for the book as part of a "Stories of Peace" contest
sponsored by the Peace
4.Peace Journalism lectures (and a lecture about
social media and the Egyptian revolution) presented by S.
Youngblood in 2011 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Outstanding university, receptive, engaged audiences.
Click here for audio of an interview about PJ given on Voice
of Cape FM in May, 2011.