conflict & communication online, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2009
ISSN 1618-0747




Jutta Möckel
News from the Holy Land – Acceptance of conflict reportage on television

Approaches to peace journalism take various forms. Many models are oriented to the works of Johan Galtung and Wilhelm Kempf. Whether these models are realistic, however, depends on how the public reacts to peace journalism. A central question is therefore: Do recipients evaluate peace-oriented reportage better than or similarly to the way they evaluate reportage containing an escalation-oriented bias. The present study investigates these questions on the basis of film material on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The study shows that peace-oriented reportage is not only evaluated just as positively as mainstream reportage, but rather in some regards is even given a better evaluation.


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On the author:
Jutta Möckel, b. 1970, Dipl.-Psych. (University of Konstanz). 2003-2004 worked in the DSF supported project "News Media as Mediators of Democratization, Peace Building and Reconciliation in Post-war Societies Development of a Peace Journalistic Model".
Since 2007 active in the areas of traffic and business psychology. Working areas: driving fit-ness testing, motivational psychology, managing fear of driving, smoking withdrawal