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Journalism for peace?

Interview for TV news in Portland, Oregon
Interview for TV news in Portland, Oregon Photo: / AFSC

We've been writing a lot about journalism and violence since the recent attacks in Brussels and Lahore. Media outlets quote each other more than any other source in stories about violent extremism. Journalists too often parachute into election-related conflicts, take a snapshot, and then leave without getting the whole story. And for the brave few who write do try to write about violence and peace in news ways? There's only a very small audience for this writing and almost no coversation to plug into in today's news.

These trends didn't start by accident. There are many contributing factors, including ever-greater cuts to newsroom staff, less time and money to travel, and danger to journalists working in conflict zones. Difference-making on the part of readers and reporters makes it difficult to start, and sustain, these kinds of conversations. The odds for journalists interested in covering war and peace in new ways, to paraphrase the Hunger Games, are never in your favor. But after a guest post yesterday on how communications research can contribute to peace building, aimed at researchers interested in this kind of work, we thought we would share some of our favorite resources for journalists taking on this challenge.

Here's a run-down of our favorite resources for journalists writing about, and for, a more peaceful world:

As we develop more resources for peace builders and journalists, we'll write about them here. Our hope is that resources like these can help shape new odds, that are more in your favor. What do you think of these toolkits and recommendations? What works and what doesn't? Tell us in the comments.

About the Author

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Communications research | Analytics | Social inequality. Beth leads AFSC’s messaging and opinion research, which she uses to develop evidence-based communications guidance for advocates and citizens to ‘change the narrative’ on war and violence. Prior to AFSC, Beth’s research and professional work focused on health inequality in the Americas.