Rethinking Journalism Practice Through Innovative Approaches to Post Conflict Reporting

Authors: Jukes, S., Charles, M. and Fowler-Watt, K.

Journal: Journalism Practice

Volume: 15

Issue: 6

Pages: 767-784

eISSN: 1751-2794

ISSN: 1751-2786

DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2020.1847680

Abstract:

Since peace negotiations between the Colombian government and Farc guerrillas began in 2012, it is generally accepted in the country that journalism has a responsibility to nurture peace and that the media can positively influence reconciliation. But a recent analysis of domestic news concluded the voices of victims were distinctly absent and that the majority of coverage involved official sources. This paper argues that a journalism intended to promote reconciliation must speak to those who have direct experience of conflict and suffering. We argue that a deeper understanding of trauma may strengthen resilience and contribute to peacebuilding. Drawing on the authors’ research working with young people embroiled in Colombia’s conflict, the paper explores an alternative, innovative approach to the retelling of the stories of others and to post-conflictreporting. At a societal level, the project aimed to contribute to the process of reconciliation, using an autobiographical approach to capture and re-construct participants’ experiences of the conflict and to highlight challenges of re-integration. It presented their hopes for reconciliation through creation of an animated documentary. At a journalistic level, the project explored the efficacy of combining traditional methods of storytelling with animation to offer anonymity to vulnerable contributors of testimony.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35073/

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Rethinking Journalism Practice Through Innovative Approaches to Post Conflict Reporting

Authors: Jukes, S., Charles, M. and Fowler-Watt, K.

Journal: JOURNALISM PRACTICE

Volume: 15

Issue: 6

Pages: 767-784

eISSN: 1751-2794

ISSN: 1751-2786

DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2020.1847680

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35073/

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Rethinking journalism practice through innovative approaches to post conflict reporting

Authors: Jukes, S., Charles, M. and Fowler-Watt, K.

Conference: Future of Journalism

Dates: 12-13 September 2019

Abstract:

Journalism has a long history of interviewing vulnerable people caught up in natural disasters, conflict or tragedy. While it is widely recognised that journalists have an important role to play in telling the stories of those traumatised by such events, the concepts of ‘peace journalism’ or ‘journalism of attachment’ have often elicited a negative reaction in traditional journalistic circles. Drawing on the authors’ research project working with young people embroiled in Colombia’s civil conflict, this paper sets out an alternative and innovative approach to the retelling of the stories of others. It outlines how the research team engaged with the young people, some of whom had operated as child soldiers before Colombia’s peace accord with FARC rebels, and encouraged them to narrate their own stories in their own style. Through a series of workshops, the team experimented with oral and visual representations of their experiences, staying close to their accounts, enabling their voices to be heard. The participants combined traditional narrative with animation to produce a short documentary setting out their hopes for peace and reconciliation. This project, with its focus on immersion and listening, offers an alternative approach for journalists trying to relay the experiences of traumatised individuals marginalised in society as a result of their participation in the armed conflict. While the project was located in the specific context of Colombia, the paper argues that the journalistic approaches used could be applied more widely to the reporting of trauma in post conflict or marginalised communities.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35073/

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