Journalism | Conflict, Terror, and Humanitarian Intervention
J460 | 16552 | RSTR Steve Raymer


11:15A-12:30P   MW     EP 214
(cr. 3)
P: at least Junior Standing. J460 is a course about how wars, acts of terrorism, and
humanitarian interventions are reported by the global news media. Taught by Professor
Steve Raymer, a journalist who has covered conflict on four continents, the courses
explores the following topics: The evolution of war reporting by examining the work of
pioneering correspondents and their often-romanticized efforts to convey news to the
public from far-flung battlefields; the Vietnam War as a watershed in the history of war
reporting; military operations in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan as tools of foreign
policy and how these operations can help us understand the U.S. way of war; the history
of an ongoing struggle between a free press and militaries and governments; the
development of propaganda during wars over the past 150 years and the perspective that
reporters, editors, and publishers who have sometimes tailored the news to fit their
political agendas; why many ongoing wars receive little or no attention in world media; the
impact of technology on diplomacy and society  technology that allows real-time
reporting from battlefields in even the most remote parts of the world; the psychological
and physical danger faced by war correspondents and the effects of witnessing trauma;
terrorism as a specialized form of conflict reporting; how to spot and avoid stereotyping in
reporting acts of terrorism; humanitarian interventions and the moral demands these ask
of journalists, and the laws of war and the responsibility of correspondents to understand
and report on the ethical, legal, and humanitarian dimensions of the conflicts that they
witness.