conflict & communication online, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2007
ISSN 1618-0747




Beverly Ann Deepe Keever
De-escalating Media Language of Killing: An Instructional Module

Harnessing substantial academic research and citing the first comprehensive summary of violence on a global scale undergirds this online article that elaborates on a companion web-based resource to be posted at These twinned online productions examine the role of the media in producing a culture of violence and seek to curb its extent and effects.
This article and the accompanying webcast describe the approach of Professor Emeritus Glenn Paige, author of Nonkilling Global Political Science, which has been translated into 25 languages. He urges greater media awareness about the importance of: avoiding the inappropriate use of the language of killing and, alternatively, avoiding the use of euphemisms to gloss over or cover up examples of violence. Paige's arguments and this online article suggest five recommendations for future action.


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On the author:
Beverly Ann Deepe Keever, Ph.D., is a professor of journalism at the University of Hawai'i, where she was awarded the Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching. She served as co-editor of U.S. News Coverage of Racial Minorities: A Sourcebook 1934–1996 (Greenwood Press, 1997). More recently, she wrote News Zero: The New York Times and The Bomb (Common Courage Press, 2004).
Before teaching, she worked as journalist, covering the Vietnam War for seven years successively for Newsweek, The New York Herald Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor and other publications. Her coverage of the besieged outpost of Khe Sanh in 1968 was nominated by the Monitor for a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.
For a career bridging the profession and professorate, she received in April 2003 an award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Association.

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