Issue 6.2 Index

Journalism Education issue 6.2, the journal of the Association for Journalism Education, a body representing educators in HE in the UK and Ireland. The aim of the journal is to promote and develop analysis and understanding of journalism education and of journalism, particularly when that is related to journalism education.

Introduction by Roy Krøvel, Professor of Journalism, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

The authors of this collection of articles met in Oslo last year at the annual conference on journalism, war and conflict to reflect on the role of journalism education in improving the safety of journalists.

Journalists around the world are being murdered at a staggering rate. Over the last ten years, more than 800 journalists have been killed, according to Unesco. Many more are suffering abuse, threats or are being silenced in other ways. The many safety problems faced by journalists is a serious problem for journalists and the media. Perhaps of equal importance, it is a serious problem for the societies were these journalists live and work. Unsafe working conditions for journalists limits free speech, makes transparency impossible and undermines participation and democracy. Increasingly, international bodies such as the United Nations are becoming aware of the importance of protecting journalists from violence.

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ (IDEI). Unesco followed up by, among other things, developing an academic research agenda on the topic of safety of journalists. Among the recommendations is to provide safety education and training for journalists and to strengthen media education research. Most journalists being killed live and work in countries in Latin America, Africa or Asia. They are typically working for local newspapers being published in regions troubled by long lasting violent conflicts.

This section therefore focuses on journalism educations and safety of journalists in regions of the world that are experiencing violent conflict. Additionally, it contains articles on safety training of European journalists covering international conflicts and journalism students doing fieldwork in conflictive and dangerous environments.

The articles raises a number of issues related to safety education and training for journalists. Several articles investigate the role of international NGOs providing safety training in Asia or Africa. Others underline the need for deep knowledge of local contexts and underlying causes of the conflicts. Many deal with the responsibility of universities and journalism educations to provide research-based safety education appropriate for local contexts. The authors share the view that much more research is needed in order to provide students with the education necessary to improve the safety of journalists around the world

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