Kashmir media more peace oriented than Indian media: Prof Youngblood

Srinagar: Prof. Steven Youngblood, director of Centre for Global Peace Journalism, USAon Thursday said that the local print media of Kashmir was more peace oriented than the national media in India.
Prof Youngblood was speaking in the concluding session of a three-day workshop on ‘Peace Journalism’ at Islamic University of Science and Technology. The workshops were conducted by Department of Journalism and Mass Communication in collaboration with Centre for International Relations.
Talking to the participants, Prof. Steven Youngblood, who was the chief resource person for the workshop, said that he found that the local print media of Kashmir was more peace oriented than the national media in India. He admired that the local media of Kashmir was better than any local media in US.
Creating a debate on peace journalism vs. traditional journalism, Prof. Youngblood invited inputs from the participants for developing course curriculum on ‘Peace Journalism’.
He said that ‘Peace Journalism’ is when reporters and editors make choices to make situation conducive for peace. It is not about advocating any solutions to conflict but it is to provide platform for solutions.
The participants for the faculty workshop included teachers from MERC (University of Kashmir), Govt. Degree College for Women (MA Road), Govt. Degree College (Baramulla), Govt. Degree College (Anantnag), Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Centre for International Relations and Richen Shah Centre for West Himaliyan Studies, IUST. “The objective behind this workshop was to understand how media affects the prospects for conflict and peace building. It was to sensitize the participants to look at the situations through the perspectives of a peace journalist,” said Ruheela Hassan, head Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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