Peace Journalism

CPACS is the world’s leading centre for research and teaching in the emerging field of Peace Journalism.

CPACS Leads the University of Sydney in conceptual development of Peace Journalism

Ethical Space, the refereed journal of the Institute for Communication Ethics, has made two articles available as free downloads from a special edition based on contributions to a one-day conference convened by CPACS at the University in 2012. Titled, 'New Media, New Journalism: Challenges and Opportunities', the event was sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the International Peace Research Association. The articles appeared in a special edition of the journal titled ‘Re-envisioning democratic media and ethics: Transformations in journalism, news and the digital’.

The contributions by Jake Lynch ('Is peace journalism feasible? Pointers for research and media development') and Professor Gerard Goggin of the University's Department of Media and Communication ('Democratic affordances: Politics, media, and digital technology after WikiLeaks'), can be downloaded from here.

New Media, New Journalism: Challenges and Opportunities Conference

When:13 September 2012

Where:Senate Room, Quadrangle, University of Sydney

About the Speakers:
(in order of appearance)

  • Professor Robert A Hackett is Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; co-director of NewsWatch Canada, and co-founder of the (Canadian) Campaign for Democratic Media. His recent works include Remaking media: the struggle to democratise public communication. Prof Hackett serves on the editorial boards of Journalism Studies and four other journals in the field.
  • Dr Penny O’Donnell is Senior Lecturer in International Media and Journalism at the University of Sydney. Her most recent publication, Journalism at the Speed of Bytes (2012), co-authored with David McKnight (UNSW) and Jonathan Este (Walkley Foundation), examines the future of Australian newspapers.
  • Dr Alana Mann is a Lecturer in the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney. Her PhD Framing Food Sovereignty: A Study of Social Movement Communication was completed in 2011. Her current research focuses on non-state actor engagement in international food policy networks.
  • Professor Gerard Goggin chairs the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. His books include New Technologies and the Media (2012), Mobile Technology and Place (2012), Global Mobile Media (2011), and Cell Phone Culture (2006).
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch is Director of CPACS and Secretary General of IPRA. He is the most published and frequently cited author in Peace Journalism.
  • Professor Wendy Bacon is a journalist and media researcher with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at UTS; a Pacific Media Centre at the Auckland University of Technology board member and a contributing editor to New Matilda and Pacific Journalism Review.
  • Professor John Keane is Director of the newly created Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney. He is the author of a full-scale history of democracy, The Life and Death of Democracy (2009) and (forthcoming) Democracy in the Age of Media Decadence.

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Global Standard

The Australian Research Council is supporting a ‘linkage project’ with the International Federation of Journalists, for Associate Professor Jake Lynch to carry out research over three years to establish criteria based on peace journalism for a Global Standard in news reporting about conflict. The project is intended to “strengthen the credentials of peace journalism both as a research agenda and an instrument for media reform advocacy”. It will seek to elaborate and define standards of fairness and accuracy of representation, and examine what kinds of news are psychologically harmful – and beneficial – to readers and audiences. The project is worth nearly half a million dollars over three years.

What is it?

Peace Journalism is when editors and reporters make choices - of what stories to report, and how to report them - which create opportunities for society at large to consider and to value non-violent responses to conflict.

It uses conflict analysis and transformation to update the concepts of balance, fairness and accuracy in reporting.

The Peace Journalism approach provides a new road map tracing the connections between journalists, their sources, the stories they cover and the consequences of their reporting - the ethics of journalistic intervention.

It applies an awareness of non-violence and creativity to the practical job of everyday reporting.

(From Peace Journalism, by Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick, published by Hawthorn Press, Stroud, UK, 2005).

  • Jake Lynch spells out what peace journalism would mean in reporting of the conflict in Afghanistan, for the ‘Unleashed’ series on the ABC website
  • Watch Peace Journalism in the Philippines, a forty-minute video documentary, by Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick

39:51 minutes Download video (mp4, 91.07 Mb)

Photo: CPACS Director, Associate Professor Jake Lynch, and lecturer Annabel McGoldrick,
working for the BBC, southern Philippines.


Peace journalism is the ‘big idea’ in one of the Arts Faculty’s most popular courses, Conflict-resolving Media, PACS 6914, which is taught several times a year by Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick.

Joining students of Peace and Conflict Studies are those from other departments and institutions, including the Media Practice and Cultural Communication programs offered by Sydney University, along with journalism students from the University of Technology, and more. In the Summer School, there is the opportunity to share with, and learn from, senior public servants from the Australia-New Zealand School of Government, three of whom take the course each year.

Lynch and McGoldrick draw on their long experience of reporting on conflict, illustrated by their own original classroom materials, and of running professional training courses for editors and reporters in many countries including Indonesia, The Philippines, Nepal, Israel and Palestine, Georgia and Armenia.

Students have a go at re-writing the story of a bombing, as peace journalism, then record their own television interview, as Lynch subjects them to best BBC interviewing techniques! The course is suitable for anyone who is interested in media and their role in conflict and peace, actual and potential.

  • Jake Lynch discusses some of the experiences of the course in a paper for the refereed e-journal, Conflict and Communication Online. Download PDF >
  • Jake Lynch reflects on covering conflict in The Philippines, in a column for The Australian newspaper.
  • Lynch and McGoldrick recount the adventures of a group of Indonesian journalists on one of their training courses.


Peace journalism is rapidly becoming a topic of interest to academic researchers around the world. A fund of practical options for journalists covering conflict, it is also a set of dividing lines on which war and peace reporting can be measured to suggest how warlike – or how peaceful – it is.

Jake Lynch applied peace journalism as a set of ‘evaluative criteria’ to UK press coverage of Iran’s alleged ‘nuclear ambitions’, for the Global Media Journal. View article

The e-journal, Conflict and Communication Online, has taken the lead in publishing refereed research papers by scholars using and debating peace journalism. You can browse freely at

Volume 6, Number 2 is titled, ‘The Peace Journalism Controversy’, with contributions from two leading critics – one a professional journalist, the other an academic – and replies from Jake Lynch and a fellow defender of peace journalism, along with a synthesis by the journal’s editor. In an authoritative yet accessible article, Lynch takes on philosophical and practical debates over peace journalism. Download PDF >

Further research is presented at conferences of the International Peace Research Association, which now has its own Peace Journalism Commission, with Jake Lynch as the convenor.

Growing numbers of CPACS students are now working on their own research projects on or inspired by peace journalism, both for their dissertations on the MPACS program and in pursuit of higher research degrees.

Reporting the World

Jake Lynch was interviewed by Leeds Metropolitan University, February 2014

How the news we watch can shape the way we think

Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick presented the ideas of peace journalism to professional journalists in British media, in the Reporting the World project, from 2001-2005. The project website features the transcripts of editors and reporters discussing issues in coverage of the ‘war on terrorism’, Iraq and conflicts in South-East Europe, Africa, Indonesia and the Middle East.

Visit the Reporting the World website

Peace Journalism training in Indonesia

Photo: Indonesian journalists doing peace journalism, part of a training course run by CPACS Director, Associate Professor Jake Lynch, and lecturer Annabel McGoldrick.

More Videos

Jake Lynch interview about Peace Journalism with Leeds Beckett University.

Jake Lynch talk to the Global Insecurities Conference at Bristol University in the UK, during my Benjamin Meaker Visiting Fellowship at Bristol University Institute for Advanced Studies. The talk was titled, 'Networked insurgency conflicts'.

Jake Lynch visited Mexico as part of his research project sponsored by the Australian Research Council and the University of Sydney, with partnership from the International Federation of Journalists and Act for Peace, in May 2012.

20:23 minutes Download video (mp4, 64.39 Mb)

Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of CPACS, delivers an invited lecture to the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg, in April 2012, on the subject of his current research, ŒA Global Standard for Reporting Conflict¹. The research is a Linkage Project funded by the Australian Research Council, with partnership by the International Federation of Journalists and Act for Peace.

53:29 minutes Download video (mp4, 38.23 Mb)

Below is his interview about Peace Journalism, recorded in Stavanger.
Links to external website (YouTube):
Jake Lynch's interview about Peace Journalism in Stavanger

Interview on Mornings with Margaret Throsby, ABC Classic FM
Here is a link to Margaret Throsby's interview of Jake Lynch on April 2 2009.
Jake Lynch - Mornings with Margaret Throsby