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Reporting War : Journalism in Wartime - Stuart Allan

Reporting War

Journalism in Wartime

By: Stuart Allan (Editor), Barbie Zelizer (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th September 2004
ISBN: 9780415339971
Number Of Pages: 384

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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.

Rules of engagement : journalism and warp. 3
War in the twenty-first centuryp. 23
Understanding : the second casualtyp. 25
Information warfare in an age of hyper-militarismp. 43
A moral imagination : the media's response to the war on terrorismp. 59
The PR of terror : how new-style wars give voice to terroristsp. 77
Researching US media-state relations and twenty-first century warsp. 96
Bearing witnessp. 113
When war is reduced to a photographp. 115
The Persian Gulf TV war revisitedp. 136
Tribalism and tribulation : media constructions of "African savagery" and "Western humanitarianism" in the 1990sp. 155
Humanizing war : the Balkans and beyondp. 174
Prisoners of news values? : journalists, professionalism, and identification in times of warp. 190
Out of sight, out of mind? : the non-reporting of small wars and insurgenciesp. 206
The battlefield is the media : war reporting and the formation of national identity in Australia - from Belmont to Baghdadp. 224
Reporting the Iraq warp. 245
Militarized journalism : framing dissent in the Gulf warsp. 247
War or peace? : legitimation, dissent, and rhetorical closure in press coverage of the Iraq war build-upp. 266
How British television news represented the case for the war in Iraqp. 283
European news agencies and their sources in the Iraq war coveragep. 301
Al-Jazeera and war coverage in Iraq : the media's quest for contextual objectivityp. 315
Big media and little media : the journalistic informal sector during the invasion of Iraqp. 333
The culture of distance : online reporting of the Iraq warp. 347
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ISBN: 9780415339971
ISBN-10: 0415339979
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 9th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1

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