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Reporting War : Journalism in Wartime - Stuart Allan

Reporting War

Journalism in Wartime

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

Paperback Published: 16th September 2004
ISBN: 9780415339988
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.

Introductionp. 1
Rules of Engagementp. 3
War in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 23
Understandingp. 25
Information Warfare in an Age of Hyper-Militarismp. 43
A Moral Imaginationp. 59
The Pr of Terrorp. 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 Tribulationp. 155
Humanizing Warp. 174
Prisoners of News Values?p. 190
Out of Sight, Out of Mind?p. 206
The Battlefield is the Mediap. 224
Reporting the Iraq Warp. 245
Militarized Journalismp. 247
War or Peace?p. 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 Iraqp. 315
Big Media and Little Mediap. 333
The Culture of Distancep. 347
Indexp. 366
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ISBN: 9780415339988
ISBN-10: 0415339987
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 16th September 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.9  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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