CA404 Seminar:SpecTop in Comm Arts:

for SP 2010

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CA404 Peace Journalism


SP 2010 HO


Youngblood, Steven


Assoc. Prof., Communication Arts



Office Location

205 Copley

Office Hours

Will be distributed in class

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours




None, although there will be a number of required readings from handouts and web sites.

Particularly important will be the class website:

Additional Resources:

Will be provided in class.

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Course Description:



In this course, you will learn to recognize, analyze, and practice Peace Journalism.

Peace Journalism is when editors and reporters make choices that improve the prospects for peace. These choices also promote the positive development of societies recovering from war. These choices -- which stories to report and how they are reported, among others -- create an atmosphere conducive to peace and supportive of peace initiatives and peacemakers, without compromising the basic principles of good journalism.

Educational Philosophy:

I believe learning should be hands-on process, and that teaching should be done using a variety of tools and approaches.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Varies according to topic.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. You will demonstrate an understanding of the principles and ethics of accepted journalistic practice, and how those principles form the foundation of peace journalism. This will be done through papers, blogs, and podcasts.
  2. 2. You will summarize the principles and ethics of peace journalism, and analyze how those principles and ethics apply both in the U.S. and abroad. This will be done through papers, blogs, and podcasts.
  3. 3. You will analyze and discuss how the role of journalism in different social, economic, cultural, ethical, and governmental systems affects the prospects for peace.
  4. 4. You will analyze your own work, and the work of other journalists, using a rubric of your own creation, for the elements of peace journalism.
Core Assessment:
Varies according to topic

Class Assessment:

There are two additional learning outcomes that the system wouldn't let me enter above:

5. You will recognize, discuss, and evaluate the interdependent role of development and civic journalism vis-à-vis peace journalism.

6. You will collect journalistically sound research and utilize it to produce professional quality stories, broadcasts, blogs, and other multimedia materials that conform to the standards of peace and development journalism.
Class assessment:

You will be graded on two quizzes, a number of small papers and projects, and on a final project centering on developing Peace Journalism materials for use by the instructor in Uganda in 2010.






Papers, blogs, podcasts,

Final project—materials for Uganda 2010 project—psa and other promotional materials, worksheets and exercises for participants,

Develop rubric; use it to analyze

1.      Flag waving analysis paper-10%

2.      PJ content analysis rubric-10%

3.      Media outlet guidelines for PJ-10%

4.      PJ reporting content analysis projects –two—20% total

5.      Developmental journalism-drama script-10%

6.      Two quizzes-10%

7.      Final project—Uganda 2010—30%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

I will not accept late work. This applies to all daily work, papers, lab work, final projects, and so on. The only exception to this is if there is some extenuating circumstance, and you contact me IN ADVANCE to get an extension. If you have a problem that precludes you from turning a work in on time, call or e-mail me IN ADVANCE of the due date, let me know what’s going on, and we can make arrangements.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Respect one another, and be open to new ideas.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Course topics and dates...Subject to change (in fact, count on it!)

Week 1. PJ intro; PJ and Reporting I; Accuracy, objectivity, balance


2. Ethical responsibilities and realities; Flag waving; PJ vs. traditional journalism


3. Content analysis


4. Sound bites and quotes that promote peace; vengeance and forgiveness


5. Guest speaker; Conflict analysis and resolution


6. PJ as part of culture of a media outlet: policy guide, training guidelines


7-8. Hate radio; African radio reporting guidelines


9. PJ in action—positive examples


10. PJ and government repression/censorship


11-12. PJ case studies: Uganda, Republic of Georgia, United States; Human rights reporting-Philippines; Reporting Handbook-Afghanistan.


13. Development and civic journalism—

   Reporting about the vulnerable—IDP’s, refugees, disaster victims, etc.

   Peace and recovery entertainment programming—drama, etc.


14. Electoral journalism, and its connection to Peace and Development Journalism


15-16. The Uganda 2010 project—analysis, produce PSA for project; Peace and Development Journalism code of conduct



Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


See Peace Journalism Home Page--
We will be using this page extensively.
Also, see Facebook group "Peace Journalism"--we will be using this to post-share-discuss.


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Last Updated:12/11/2009 10:36:14 AM