War reporting

Reporting Sri Lanka – The Truth That Wasn’t There

During the Sri Lankan civil war an international media ban meant the conflict was largely unrecorded or witnessed by outsiders. Most ‘news’ was either rumours or filtered by the government. Polis Summer School student Jasmit Shahi reports on a talk at LSE by a young student film-maker who managed to gain access in the immediate aftermath of the ceasefire. Guy Gunaratne, (@guygunaratne) is […]


Reporting Revolutions: Don’t Forget The Aftermath (Guest blog) #Polis12

This report by Polis intern Barbara Feeney on our Reporting Revolutions panel discussion at the Polis Journalism Conference chaired by Richard Sambrook of Cardiff University with BBC’s Lyse Doucet, Lindsey Hilsum of Channel 4 News (who has a new book, Sandstorm, which tells the story of the Libyan revolt) and Tom Coghlan of The Times. Despite the bloodshed and savagery […]


Marie Colvin: What She Would Have Wanted

Anyone who worked with or met Marie Colvin, or consumed her extraordinary output, knew she was more than just a great journalist. She was also a huge personality bursting with compassion for the suffering that her reporting showed us. She was a compelling writer with an eye for the human detail and a strong sense of the urgent narrative of conflict. But she […]

February 22nd, 2012|Journalism|1 Comment|

War Reporting: It’s Just Journalism (Summer School Guest Blog)

This blog by Polis Summer School student Reena Gurung is based on a talk by BBC News producer Stuart Hughes who lost a leg in a landmine explosion while covering the conflict in Iraq. Ever since the Vietnam War, media globalisation has made conflict a part of everyone’s life in this modern world. This is where the war reporters play the crucial […]


New Ways To Witness Wars: POLIS @ LSE Literary Festival

Conflict is never easy to report. It’s dangerous, difficult and resources are depleted. So for the POLIS panel at the LSE’s Literary Festival in February we have found three top journalists who have done something special with narrative. Three of the best British conflict reporters describe three very different ways to tell the stories of three very different war-zones. Fiction, […]

December 22nd, 2010|Research|0 Comments|

Media is for Peace, Love and Understanding?

There are different theories of what role the media should embrace. One of them is that the media should serve the audience and is responsible in seeking truth. With regard to conflicts this means that responsible journalism providing all relevant information can be a promoter of peace, love and understanding. But is “objectivity” in journalism even possible? And where does […]


Show Me The Gore (guest blog)

The following is by POLIS summer school student Emil Stigsgaard Fuglsang. In his first-ever blog he gives his thoughts after a lecture on the media’s portrayal of war and  human suffering. It is a critique of the media professional’s promise of impartiality and objectivity. Fuglsang does not believe anyone to be objective. Emil says he has written the following as […]

July 19th, 2010|Journalism|0 Comments|

Depicting Icarus: empathy and journalism (guest blog by Victoria Yates)

“My son was nearly nineteen years old,” Mohammed said. “He wanted to be a doctor. There’s a photograph of him”-he waved his hand vaguely-“somewhere, wearing a stethoscope.” He made no move to get it, as though already discouraged by the effort. His wife begun to cry again. “Mysterious are the ways of God,” he said. There had been no warning […]


War stories – how to bring the battle to the book

Report on the Polis Panel at the LSE Literary Festival By Bjork Kjaernested People have always been fascinated by war. But in the age of humanitarian interventions, multinational armies, governmental restrictions, intangible enemies and digital revolutions the world of the modern day war reporter is now considerably more complex than his historic counterpart. In such a complex environment, how can […]

February 14th, 2010|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Blair at Chilcot: 'The Superbowl of Self-Justification'

Tony Blair’s resolute, unchanging, self-affirming appearance at the impotent Chilcot Inquiry reminded us of the Politician’s Virility Dilemma. If they change their minds or admit fault then they are seen as weak. If they stick to their guns they are seen as strong but wrong. We in the media and the public can enjoy 20-20 hindsight while those who make […]

January 30th, 2010|Journalism, Politics|2 Comments|