Journalism in Wartime


How is war  tranformed in to “stories”?

War is narrative. The story of war as told by the journalists in a narrative structure: it starts with a problem and ends with a happy result. At first, there is a threat and a loss. However, a new hero and a victory will appear. Then, a serious of trials and defeats is following. In the worst moment, the hero will lead to final victory with order restored.

Language of War

The bias of news is reflected more obvious in the process of reporting wars. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict has never stop, meanwhile, the biased treatment accompany the conflict consistently. It is not difficult to find some specific examples. Usually, journalists refer ‘refugees’ to Palestinians, however, few audience know that it was caused by Israel occupied their land to established a new country. In addition, journalists use different type of language to describe Israeli and Palestinians. Compared with Palestinians, the news emphasised a lot on the death of Israeli. Moreover, certain words such as ‘murder’, ‘lynching’ and ‘savage cold-blooded killing’ were always related to Israeli deaths, but not those of Palestinians. The purpose of this kind news is to be eye-catching and attention-grabbing; nevertheless, it neglects to report the truth to public. Another possible reason is that Israel has an allied relationship with US; as a consequence, the bias appeared.

War Journalists

Where there is a war, where there are journalists. In order to report the war and get the first hand news, many journalist sacrifice thier lives. For example, in the Iraq War, 12 journalists died in only 20 days. Even though, many journalists still take their responsibilities and report the latest development in Iraq.  There is a debate about whether it is valuable for journalists to lose their lives in the war. They use pictures and words to record the war. But who could protect them? Here is a link to a commitee to protect journalists.

I’d like to introduce a famous female war journalist in China. Luqiu Luwei, who works in Phoenix Television.  Duringthe Iraq War in 2003, she was the only one Chinese journalist who entred Baghdad  and  obtained a lot  attention froChinese audience even the govenment leaders. She is refered to “A beautiful rose at battleground”.


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2 Responses to “Journalism in Wartime”

  1. GE Says:

    Exactly, war comments are mainly lead by different backgrounds, ideologies, or purposes. Readers can get an insight into some of them. Objective comments are welcomed in most of the situation, but … the objectivity is not always balanced between disparate groups.

    PS: I really admire the photographers in the battle field, and appreciate the journalist in the first picture who uses manual focus camera..

    • yajiao Says:

      Though the objective is the professional ideal of journalists, the bias still exist in news, especially in the war reporting.

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