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News and Community Conflict: examining the role of journalism in local conflict and conflict resolution

Funding: 2007: $85,270
2008: $93,524
2009: $77,030

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2007

Summary: This project analyses the role and impact of news media in local conflicts in order to develop innovative proposals for journalism practice at times of community tensions. It explores the perspectives of news producers and audiences on the reporting of conflict in the Sydney suburbs of Cronulla, Macquarie Fields and Redfern through interviews, workshops and a public forum designed to develop practical guidelines for media professionals, community groups and policymakers as well as scholarly publications. The research evaluates the prospects for journalism to contribute to conflict resolution and investigates the compatability of conflict-resolving news with more traditional journalism ethics.

Keywords: journalism, conflict resolution, news imapcts, local community, cultural diversity,

FOR Codes: Journalism, Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies, The media, Religion and ethics not elsewhere classified, Other social development and community services, Journalism Studies, Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies, Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies