Austrian Study Center For
"There is an urgent need to work toward a process of greater social
openness in order to be able to learn something about
the reality before it is set in concrete, in order to recognize facts
before they are interpreted" (Ignacio Martin-Baró, 1991).
The contribution which journalists can make to such a process of greater
social openness is central to the present training book, which puts three
mutually-supportive topical complexes at the center of journalistic training:
the transmission of theoretical knowledge of the social-psychological
mechanisms involved in an escalation-oriented construction of reality,
the application of this knowledge to sensitize journalists and the audience
to the escalation-oriented perceptual distortions typical of conventional
conflict reportage and the development of writing techniques which will
enable journalists to report the facts without interpreting them in advance
in an escalation-oriented manner.
The book is unique in its combination of theoretical argumentation, empirical analysis and practical training offerings which are presented on the accompanying CD-ROM in the form of electronic teaching and learning material.
Contents: The social construction of international conflict / The logic of conflict and the dynamics of conflict escalation / War reporting and propaganda / The challenge of post-conflict reconciliation / Constructive conflict coverage / Training in journalism / Analyzing the media / Rewriting the news.