Reporting Conflict (Journalism) Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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Reporting Conflict offers an illuminating insight into the way in which reporters gather and prepare their material
About the Author
JAMES RODGERS spent twenty years as a journalist: five for Reuters Television, and fifteen for the BBC. He spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent, completing postings in Moscow, Gaza, and Brussels, as well as numerous other assignments. His areas of specialist knowledge are Russia, and the Gaza Strip, where, as the BBC's correspondent from 2002-2004, he was the only international journalist permanently based in the territory. In 2001, he reported from New York and Washington after September 11th. He was the first BBC journalist to report from the village where Saddam Hussein was captured in December 2003.
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This makes an understanding of how journalists report conflict key to the ability of people to ingest and themselves analyse what they are being told. Can they trust this or that journalist, newspaper or radio/TV station; where did they get that piece of video footage, that comment from an eye-witness, who produced that piece of social media; how have they represented the different parties to the conflict, the institutions, NGOs or politicians involved? These are all questions that need to be asked when reading, listening to or watching journalists' accounts of events and are particuarly key when it comes to distant armed conflicts.
Rodgers's book deals with all these issues from both the viewpoint of one who has been there, done that and done it commendably well as a BBC reporter, and from the viewpoint of one who knows and understands the academic literature on journalism and war. It is an ideal starting place for students coming to journalism either at BA level or, with knowledge and experience from earlier study or work, at MA level. But it is also going to be valuable for academics and researchers in other fields (notably politics and international relations) whose subject areas are the focus of conflict reporting but who don't know how it works. (see ,longer review on [...])
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