War reporting

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|