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Monday, 25 April 2016

reporting on #terror - some headlines from a session at the #Polis2016 conference last week

Last Thursday I attended the #Polis2016 journalism & crisis conference at LSE, London, UK.  I've already done three earlier posts on various sessions from the conference:

1) Jon Snow's opening address - at which he gave some priceless advice (given the venue) "if you want to be a journalist don't do a journalism degree"
2) A conference session about Reporting Refugees  - from which I was reminded that "Good #storytelling isn't limited to simplified representations of reality"
3) A session about Brexit & journalism - from which I was reminded that to get a new angle on a story often all that is needed is to look at how other countries media covers it.

And from last years conference here is a post on digital & data journalism

This post is about the conference session that looked at "Reporting Terror".  Below is a graphic summary of what was discussed from the Polis@LSE twitter account .... you may want to read the rest of this post to understand some of the things summarised in the graphic.

"Reporting Terror" we had a great debate on social media, equality, balance - graphics by

"It is important to be self-aware of your own feelings when you are reporting terror" -

Reporting attacks abroad as well as at home

  1. . says journalists DO try & report on terror attacks in other parts of the world but audiences don't want it

In discussion the panel spent some time discussing why we report local acts of terrorism but hardly touch those abroad.  One person suggests this restricts how we think about terrorism.  Another pointed out how it reinforces a "them and us" perspective

What stories aren't being covered?  Some of the thoughts from the panel were:

- why are some people apparently radicalised so quickly?

- why is the role of Saudi Arabia in terrorism so under reported?

- where is the story about a suicide bombers family after the event?

I've never come across a single examination in of the families of suicide bombers. What happens to them?

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