Peace journalism is a relatively new research area in psychology which
emerged in the last decade of the Twentieth Century. Building on findings
from social psychology (group processes, social influence, conflict
research, attitude change), propaganda and enemy concept research, as
well as on models of conflict management and the constructive transformation
of conflict, it is increasing our awareness of the role news coverage
plays in the escalation and de-escalation of conflict.
This eLearning Module provides an overview of research findings and
developments in this field, the causes of the escalation oriented bias
of conventional war reporting, and how this can be transformed into
de-escalation and/or peace-oriented conflict coverage.