II. Task Formulation

This lesson comprises four parts. The first throws light on the social psychological mechanisms and specific conditions of news production. Then it illustrates the opportunities for journalists to influence public opinion. The third part asks the question of what peace journalism should be and discusses Galtung's Transcend model of the constructive transformation of conflict. Finally, the section looks at the implementation of peace journalism.


The learning activity has four main goals: (1) to introduce the social mechanisms that influence conflict coverage, (2) to demonstrate that journalists can indeed have an impact on public discourse, (3) to increase our understanding of the differences between war and peace journalism, (4) and to show that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary if we are to understand the constructive transformation of conflict.