Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime / Edition 1

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Overview

Reporting War explores the social responsibilities of the journalist during times of military conflict. News media treatments of international crises, especially the one underway in Iraq, are increasingly becoming the subject of public controversy, and discussion is urgently needed.

Each of this book's contributors challenges familiar assumptions about war reporting from a distinctive perspective. An array of pressing issues associated with conflicts over recent years are identified and critiqued, always with an eye to what they can tell us about improving journalism today.

Special attention is devoted to recent changes in journalistic forms and practices, and the ways in which they are shaping the visual culture of war, and issues discussed, amongst many, include:

  • the influence of censorship and propaganda
  • 'us' and 'them' news narratives
  • access to sources
  • '24/7 rolling news' and the 'CNN effect'
  • military jargon (such as 'friendly fire' and 'collateral damage')
  • 'embedded' and 'unilateral' reporters
  • tensions between objectivity and patriotism.

The book raises important questions about the very future of journalism during wartime, questions which demand public dialogue and debate, and is essential reading for students taking courses in news and news journalism, as well as for researchers, teachers and practitioners in the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415339988
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/4/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Allan is a lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies at the University of the West of England. His books include News Culture (Open U 1999) and Media, Risk and Science. (Open U.P. 2002) He edits the series Issues in Cultural and Media Studies for Open U. P., now McGraw-Hill. He has co-edited a number of collections including News, Gender and Power (Routledge 1998), Environmental Risks and the Media (Routledge 2000) and Journalism after September 11 (with Barbie Zelizer) Routledge 2002.

Barbie Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School of Communication in Philadelphia. She is the author of several books on journalism, popular culture and coll-ective memory, and co-edited Journalism after September 11. She is a founder and co-editor of the Sage journal Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.

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Table of Contents

Rules of engagement : journalism and war 3
Pt. 1 War in the twenty-first century 23
1 Understanding : the second casualty 25
2 Information warfare in an age of hyper-militarism 43
3 A moral imagination : the media's response to the war on terrorism 59
4 The PR of terror : how new-style wars give voice to terrorists 77
5 Researching US media-state relations and twenty-first century wars 96
Pt. 2 Bearing witness 113
6 When war is reduced to a photograph 115
7 The Persian Gulf TV war revisited 136
8 Tribalism and tribulation : media constructions of "African savagery" and "Western humanitarianism" in the 1990s 155
9 Humanizing war : the Balkans and beyond 174
10 Prisoners of news values? : journalists, professionalism, and identification in times of war 190
11 Out of sight, out of mind? : the non-reporting of small wars and insurgencies 206
12 The battlefield is the media : war reporting and the formation of national identity in Australia - from Belmont to Baghdad 224
Pt. 3 Reporting the Iraq war 245
13 Militarized journalism : framing dissent in the Gulf wars 247
14 War or peace? : legitimation, dissent, and rhetorical closure in press coverage of the Iraq war build-up 266
15 How British television news represented the case for the war in Iraq 283
16 European news agencies and their sources in the Iraq war coverage 301
17 Al-Jazeera and war coverage in Iraq : the media's quest for contextual objectivity 315
18 Big media and little media : the journalistic informal sector during the invasion of Iraq 333
19 The culture of distance : online reporting of the Iraq war 347
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