The following are contributions provided by WAM members on topical issues related to war and media. Please click on the relevant links for further details.
If you would like to contribute to the comment page please email Sarah Maltby with the relevant details.
- Reporting War: Exploring the Way Forward. utube video of Academics, journalists share notes on war - click here for link. Organised by the Centre for Journalism and Communication Research, this one-day symposium bought together academics, researchers, journalists and bloggers to debate on improving conflict reportage. What can the analysis of the reporting of past conflicts tell us about future ones? What role should ‘peace journalism’ have in the future media landscape? In what ways does the training of journalists need to change? How are citizen journalists challenging traditional practices of war reporting? Click here for more information
- Reporting War: Exploring the Way Forward. Visit the Blog here
- Six new interviews to our Photographic Practices section on the Photography & International Conflict website under the sub-section 'Photo Editors, Agencies, NGOs': Click here for link
- 01/07/2010: Taylor Francis Journal Articles on War and the Visual Arts: Click here for link to PDF
- 01/08/2008 "Killer Entertainments"
by Jennifer Terry
Killer Entertainments presents challenges to both designers and users on many levels. How to critically address videos shot by soldiers engaged in combat without sensationalizing, decontextualizing or trivializing them? How to provide access to such a diverse and extensive range of work? How to insert commentary, context and background information while preserving the raw power of the original videos? In response to these challenges, author Jennifer Terry and designer Raegan Kelly developed a rhetoric of connection and accretion which resists linearity and the seductiveness of a single argument illustrated with evidence. Users are led toward no single interpretation; no replacement ideology takes over from that of the Administration's party line. Indeed the text allows for and even encourages responses based in idiosyncracy and uncertainty. The source material presented all comes from "the Internet," but what does that mean? What can it mean? Which of the sites hosting these materials are "real" and which are run by counter-intelligence agencies hoping to track usage patterns among potential dissidents via IP addresses? To view Killer Entertainments and gain more information about the project click here.
- 12/03/2008"A photograph with a message – and without a hope"
The iconic status of Hetherington’s exhausted soldier seems assured after the WPP contest. But Mireille Thornton says we should decide its meaning for ourselves rather than reading the words of the WPP judges alone. For full article click here.
Amna Malik reviews British artist's Said Adrus' video installation Sights of memory and mourning: "Lost Pavilion" where memory, history and location all come together in a series of photographs, abstract watercolours and a video installation. At the centre of this exhibition is a forgotten event, the presence in Britain of Indian soldiers wounded and convalescing in the Royal Pavilion Brighton during the First World War. Click here for review
- 11/03/2008: New Research at Goldsmiths: "Noise of the Past:. The AHRC funded Noise of the Past project engages with the resident narratives of consecrated sites of war and memory. Click here for for information. Noise of the Past grew out of the film "Remembrance" where the director slowly reveals a distinguished gentleman through memories, objects and extracts of his subjects poetry, as a thoroughly British Service of Remembrance plays on the television in the background. To watch the flim click here for the link from the BBC website.
- 01/10/2007: Review: Andrew Hoskins and Lucy Annison review the ICA's Memorial to the Iraq War exhibition and reflect on the memorialisation of war. Click here for link
- 02/07/2007: Review Essay: Dr Kevin McSorley uses Tony Marchant’s drama The Mark of Cain as a point of departure to discuss wider issues of war, morality and media. Click here for link
- 03/05/2007: Robin Andersen blogged about the US hearings into "misleading battlefield information" and tied it to todays anniversary of "Mission Accomplished. Part of Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of PR Watch " Click here for link
- 18/04/2007: A major new study by the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) analyzing how 13 major U.S. newspapers covered the nation of Pakistan--first in the year following 9/11 and then five years later, in 2006 has been released. The 43-page report, The "Good" Muslims: U.S. Newspaper Coverage of Pakistan is available for download as a pdf on the ICMPA website. Click here for a press release.
- 04/01/2007: FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) Counterspin Interview with Robin Andersen on media and war. A special conversation with media historian and scholar Robin Andersen about the media and war. Andersen's new book A Century of Media, A Century of War traces media gullibility, official deception and propaganda through the years. It's a reminder that the media's role in making the case for the Iraq War is part of a larger story, that of a press corps that regularly cheers on American military action while shielding readers and viewers from its consequences. We'll speak about that history, and how military imagery in the culture at large affects how we see real life war.
- 22/06/2006: 3WE research report: "'Bringing the World to the UK". 3WE's unique monitoring project has, since 1989-90, regularly monitored the quantity of international programming on the UK's mainstream TV channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, C4 and C5). These are the channels which have public service obligations and which together still retain 80% of all TV audiences.
Transcript of Media representations of War and Conflict, a workshop organized on March 18, 2005 by the KUB-Center Communication for Social Change, the Communications Department of the Vesalius College (VUB) and the Pascal Decroos Foundation for Investigative Journalism.
- 19/05/2005: conference report submitted by Dina Matar, LSE for War and Media Network conference Communicating War: Strategies, Implications and Ethics