Dr Jake Lynch, former BBC newsreader, political correspondent for Sky News and Sydney correspondent for the Independent, is the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and one of the most published authors in the field of Peace Journalism.
Associate Professor Jake Lynch chairs the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. And he is a TFF associate.
His debut novel, Blood on the Stone: An Oxford Detective Story of the 17th Century, is published by Unbound Books.
Jake has spent 20 years developing and researching Peace Journalism, in theory and practice. He is the author of seven books and over 50 refereed articles and book chapters.
His work in this field was recognised with the award of the 2017 Luxembourg Peace Prize, by the Schengen Peace Foundation. He served for two years as Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association, having organised its biennial global conference in Sydney, in 2010.
Before taking up an academic post, Jake enjoyed a 17-year career in journalism, with spells as a Political Correspondent in Westminster, for Sky News, and the Sydney Correspondent for the Independent newspaper, culminating in a role as an on-screen presenter for BBC World Television News. Lynch is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment and advisor for TRANSCEND Media Service.
He is the co-author, with Annabel McGoldrick, of Peace Journalism (Hawthorn Press, 2005), and Debates in Peace Journalism, Sydney University Press and TRANSCEND University Press.
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Journalists who point out the backgrounds and contexts of conflicts, who do not only use the common scripts and who “reach out beyond the usual sources”, certainly contribute more to a constructive
reporting as those who only report superficially and in stereotypes about wars and conflicts.
One can ask oneself, however, whether such a journalism is possible in the state-run broadcasting corporations. The BBC has virtually no critical reports on the UK’s participation in the current wars and they do not examine the warlike colonial past of the British. Influential broadcasters in the USA, such as CNN, may superficially attack the US government but in principle they have nothing against its imperial
ambitions and wars. Journalists who voiced concerns would not be working for CNN for long.
Fortunately, channels such as RT, CGTN and PressTV are now filling the gap. On the other hand, RT has almost no negative news about Russia, CGTN is not taking a critical look at China and PressTV is not opposing Iranian politics.
Thanks to Jake Lynch for this very clear discussion of peace journalism , and to Annabel McGoldrick and Johan Galtung as well. We at Ethical Markets Media follow all this advice and also work to reform global finance !