Rubenstein Contrasts American and Global Coverage of World Conflicts

Posted: December 1, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Richard Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), presents the ICAR brown bag lecture tomorrow. His topic, “How News Media Cover Protracted Conflicts: Global, European, and American Perspectives,” comes out of a recent conference he mediated in Washington, D.C. Today’s presentation, part of ICAR’s ongoing series of informal discussions on conflict resolution issues, is open to the public, and will be held on the Arlington Campus in the Truland Building, Room 555, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Rubenstein will report on the discussions of 30 international journalists, media specialists, and conflict scholars at the conference, “Issues in News and Media Coverage of Violent Conflicts: Global, European, and American Perspectives.” Participants discussed why covering conflicts like Iraq has been so shallow and partisan in the United States media, and what changes in journalist training and methods might help to improve it.

He will also discuss another set of issues from the conference, the way internal conflicts based on race and ethnicity are covered in the print and broadcast media, and the role played by the minority press. Rubenstein will also address specific suggestions made at the close of the conference that included creating a new center for the study of conflict and media at George Mason University.

For more information, call ICAR at 703-993-1300.

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