Diskussionsbeiträge der Projektgruppe Friedensforschung Konstanz, Nr. 61, 2007
ISSN 1611-1818



Projektgruppe Friedensforschung Konstanz
Introduction to Constructive Conflict Coverage – An eLearning Module

Author: Wilhelm Kempf
Language Editor: James Brice
Instructional System Designer: Carsten-Andreas Schulz
Didactic and Technical Consultancy: Michael Reimann
(c) 2007 by verlag irena regener berlin


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Abstract: 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.

Further readings: Kempf, W. (2003). Constructive Conflict Coverage. A Social Psychological Approach. (Edited by the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution). Berlin: regener

Funded by the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research