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Building Peace through Journalism in the Social/Alternate Media

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Aslam, Rukhsana

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Abstract Social media networks are rapidly rewriting the traditional principles and protocols of war and conflict reporting. This paper endorses the argument that with the help of new media technologies, journalists can enhance the peacebuilding efforts in societies and communities. Their writings in the alternate media can provide ‘compelling form of engagement’ between the audiences and the people affected in the areas of violent conflict. But, the paper further argues, this requires a broadening of the orthodox model of journalistic objectivity that has so far been in place. It examines the possibilities of new models in the light of the existing journalism paradigms as argued by scholars including Galtung and Ruge (1965), Lynch and McGoldrick (2005), Shinar (2007), Hackett (2011) and Shaw (2011). It concludes on the need to have a model that is ‘a more natural fit’ for the 21st century by giving journalists the ‘flexibility’ to enable people to make their own judgments as to where the truth lies; and to open up the possibilities for dialogue and engagement in conflict resolution. (author's abstract)
Keywords military conflict; international conflict; ethnic conflict; peacekeeping; peace process; conflict management; dialogue; social media; new media; digital media; interactive media; journalism; media theory
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; Communicator Research, Journalism; Interactive, electronic Media
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 63-79
Journal Media and Communication, 4 (2016) 1
Issue topic Peacebuilding in the Age of New Media
ISSN 2183-2439
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution