Peace-Building through Journalism
Building a community of journalists who:
1. Amplify oppressed voices
2. Fight for human rights
3. Cover news deserts
4. Uphold a code of ethics
5. Report all the angles
Promoting international law as a mechanism to enforce peace by:
1. Holding individuals in countries around the world accountable to existing United Nations peace legislation
2. Covering new and needed international peace legislation
Covering news that spreads a culture of peace:
1. Human Rights
2. Political Climate
3. Foreign Affairs
4. Religious Freedom
5. Works of Peace
All journalists writing ethical, holistic, and people-centered stories.
Create a community of press and media and curate relevant content devoted to spreading a culture of peace.
1. Bear Witness and Make Sense
A wise advisor of GPCP, Pannerselvan, explained that there is a different understanding of a parachute journalist who spends 8 hours amidst a braking story and a journalist who spends 8 days amongst the people. Journalism that promotes peace is one that deeply understands the story, while simply connecting and conveying all of the complexities of the event.
2. Write People-centered Coverage of Conflict
The fast-paced world of journalism often removes the faces of people who are impacted by the issues. However, this can lead to society growing desensitized to the ethos that accompanies conflict. True peace journalists ensure that if an issue is reported, the people's feelings, experiences, and thoughts are represented at the center of the piece. Who are affected and how they are affected are the facts that bring journalism to life, digging deep into the truth, rather than simply stating the surface of a conflict at hand.
3. Combine The Human Experience and Data Analysis
Currently, there are many journalists who report on issues based on data analysis. As important as data is in reporting factually, we cannot deduce current events to numbers and assumptions. The human experience on the ground is needed for a complete analysis of the data, as data cannot uncover the motives, feelings, and other components of the human experience.
4. End Perpetuation of Stories
All too often, we see the same story copy and pasted in every major news source. The story is circulated in the same way over and over again. This isn't allowing the readers to understand, or even be truly informed. Peace promoting journalism requires journalists to work together and cover the perspectives that haven't been addressed. For example, covering the impact on society, politics, economies, and different people groups are a few different lenses through which a story must be told. Without this approach to journalism, citizens aren't receiving the information needed to think critically and understand the world around them.
5. View Readers As Citizens Not Customers
Of course, like any industry, journalists must make a living. However, it seems as though the mainstream world of press and media views readers as customers rather than citizens. As a result, media is crafted to feed them what will "sell" versus stories that need to be told. Journalists who are dedicated to spreading peace view their readers as fellow global citizens in need of information about the events around them to make intelligent and compassionate decisions.
GPCP: Unpacking Peace
There are many components of peace to unpack - the people who dedicate their lives to peace work, the current research, and the misconceptions about what peace is and how it can be achieved.
GPCP's Unpacking Peace newsletter highlights the people, stories, research, and conversations of the month that help our community of students and journalists unpack what it means to be in the world of press and media spreading a culture of peace.