Peace Journalism

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

Special edition of Global Media and Communication

Peace Journalism research is DPACS’ sole consistent source of major research outputs. Major research outputs are: books (monographs and edited collections); edited special editions of scholarly journals, and themed conferences and seminars.

The latest of these is a special edition of the field-leading journal, Global Media and Communication, themed on ‘Theoretical and Methodological Developments in Peace Journalism’.

For Table of Contents, see here:

It includes an article by DPACS Director, Associate Professor Jake Lynch and DPACS graduate and part-time lecturer Dr Annabel McGoldrick, as well as contributions from DPACS graduate and former lecturer Dr Leticia Anderson, and DPACS doctoral candidate Zainab Abdul-Nabi.

Global Standard

A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict, a monograph by Jake Lynch published in the Routledge 'Research in Journalism' series, details here:

This is the major output from a Linkage Project of the same name, carried out with a grant from the Australian Research Council and partnership by Act for Peace and the International Federation of Journalists. The project, which ran from 2010-2013, was worth half a million dollars. Fieldwork, by Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick, was carried out in four countries: Australia, the Philippines, South Africa and Mexico. In each, versions of familiar stories about conflict from local television news were prepared with War Journalism and Peace Journalism framings. The different versions were played to different audiences, and their responses compared. Peace Journalism viewers proved much more likely to consider and value nonviolent responses to the conflicts represented in the stories.

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: DPACS 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 DPACS 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 DPACS, 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