Peace Journalism: Giving peace a chance

By Tanja Aitamurto

What if journalism was biased towards supporting world peace? That would be a radical shift from the current situation, in which journalism is focused on covering war and conflict. The concept of peace journalism emphasizes journalism as a constructive power towards a better world. The notion of peace journalism was introduced in in the 70’s by Johan Galtung, a Norwegian sociologist.

We have conducted preliminary data gathering rounds to create a good design brief for the challenge. As my colleague Soren Petersen reports on his blog post, we discovered that the public lacks trust in traditional journalism. We also found out that rather than expecting professional journalism to produce content about peace and conflicts, people consider journalism as a facilitator for conversations.

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