Journalism for Peace and Justice: Towards a Comparative Analysis of Media Paradigms

Studies in Social Justice 4 (2):179-198 (2010)
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This paper compares different normative and institutional paradigms of journalism with respect to peaceful conflict resolution and democratic communication. It begins with the problematic but still dominant 'regime of objectivity,' and then considers three contemporary challengers: peace journalism, alternative media, and media democratization/communication rights movements. The paradigms are compared in terms of such factors as public philosophy, epistemological assumptions, characteristic practices, institutional entailments, relationship to dominant institutions and power structures, allies and opponents, and antagonisms and synergies between them. I conclude that while peace journalism is a promising initiative, it could gain traction by exploring synergies with the other challenger paradigms
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