Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime / Edition 1

Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime / Edition 1

by Stuart Allan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415339987

ISBN-13: 9780415339988

Pub. Date: 11/04/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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:
11/04/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,401,855
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Rules of engagement : journalism and war3
Pt. 1War in the twenty-first century23
1Understanding : the second casualty25
2Information warfare in an age of hyper-militarism43
3A moral imagination : the media's response to the war on terrorism59
4The PR of terror : how new-style wars give voice to terrorists77
5Researching US media-state relations and twenty-first century wars96
Pt. 2Bearing witness113
6When war is reduced to a photograph115
7The Persian Gulf TV war revisited136
8Tribalism and tribulation : media constructions of "African savagery" and "Western humanitarianism" in the 1990s155
9Humanizing war : the Balkans and beyond174
10Prisoners of news values? : journalists, professionalism, and identification in times of war190
11Out of sight, out of mind? : the non-reporting of small wars and insurgencies206
12The battlefield is the media : war reporting and the formation of national identity in Australia - from Belmont to Baghdad224
Pt. 3Reporting the Iraq war245
13Militarized journalism : framing dissent in the Gulf wars247
14War or peace? : legitimation, dissent, and rhetorical closure in press coverage of the Iraq war build-up266
15How British television news represented the case for the war in Iraq283
16European news agencies and their sources in the Iraq war coverage301
17Al-Jazeera and war coverage in Iraq : the media's quest for contextual objectivity315
18Big media and little media : the journalistic informal sector during the invasion of Iraq333
19The culture of distance : online reporting of the Iraq war347

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