Reporting War

David Arant, Ph.D.
Professor of Journalism at the University of Memphis

Im Rahmen des m³-Austauschprogramms hält Prof. David Arant Ph.D. im Sommersemester ein Blockseminar zum Thema “Reporting War”. Es wird in englischer Sprache abgehalten. Als Gäste sind die Fernsehreporter Christoph M. Fröhder (ARD) und Ignaz Lozo (ZDF) eingeladen.

Das Seminar ist eine Lehrveranstaltung des Typs “Seminar Publizistik, Themenfeld 4” mit einem Arbeitsaufwand von 2 SWS und 4 ECTS.

Das Seminar finden an folgenden Terminen im Journalistischen Seminar statt:

Montag 14. April 10.30 – 12.00
Dienstag 15. April 9.00 – 10.30
Mittwoch 16. April 9.00 – 10.30
Donnerstag 17. April 9.00 – 12.00
Montag 21. April 9.00 – 12.00
Dienstag 22. April 9.00 – 10.30
Mittwoch 23. April 9.00 – 10.30
Donnerstag 24. April 9.00 – 12.00
Montag 28. April 9.00 – 12.00

Teilnehmerzahl: 12, Anmeldung im Sekretariat des Journalistischen Seminars

Reporting War

David Arant, Ph.D., Professor of Journalism at the University of Memphis

Course Description

With the declaration of the post-9/11 war on terror, the United States has been a nation at war. With the onset of America ’s ongoing war on terror in 2001, war reporting has taken on added importance. Many Western nations joined the USA in its war on terror. Vital to a nation’s decision to wage war is an informed people. This seminar examines the role of the press in the war on terror and other recent conflicts and its relationship to the military and government.

The goals of the course are to: (1) familiarize students with the historical background of how war has been reported; (2) explore the formation of public opinion and consensus in making the decision to go to war; (3) examine the character and quality of information reported in time of war; (4) explore the evolution of the press/military/government relationship and government policies on press coverage of war; (5) examine how emerging communication technologies change war reporting and publishing; and (6) compare the war reporting of different nations, in particular USA and Germany.

Course Texts

The texts below provide the foundation for our discussion about reporting war. In addition we will examine journal articles and conference papers on war reporting.

Stuart Allan and Barbie Zelizer, editors, Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime ( London : Routledge, 2004), 978-0415339988

John Byrne Cook, Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism ( New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 978-1-4039-7515-7

Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War ( New York : Three Rivers Press, 2007), 978-0-307-34682-7.

Philip Knightley, The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth Maker from the Crimea to Iraq (London/Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2004), 978-0801880308.