Useful Media Sites for News About Conflict and Peace
1) International Crisis Group - The International Crisis Group is now generally recognized as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan, source of analysis and advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.
2) Search for Common Ground - Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. Search is one of the pioneering organizations in developing and producing peace media around the world through their Common Ground Productions Unit which their media arm. Using television, radio and Internet programming, CGP transforms the way individuals and societies deal with conflict: away from adversarial approaches, towards cooperative solutions. Whether countering "hate radio" in Africa or hate crime in the United States, Common Ground Productions is dedicated to harnessing the power of the media for peace. The organization also maintains the Common Ground News Service which is an independent source of news and opinion that disseminates fresh, solution-oriented articles to promote constructive dialogue on Muslim-Western relations and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
3) Global Voices - is a leading participatory media news room for voices from the developing world. Since its founding in 2005, Global Voices has grown into a vibrant global community of more than 150 active volunteer authors and translators and more than 20 freelance part- time regional and language editors. Today, Global Voices is thriving, vital component of the global media environment, helping individuals and media professionals around the world gain access to the diverse voices coming from citizen media. We base our coverage on the words, images, and videos of ordinary people across the globe who use the internet to communicate and broadcast their thoughts, analysis, and observations.
4) Peace Media Clearinghouse - A New Multimedia Resource for Peacemakers developed by the United States Institute of Peace and Georgetown University. The clearinghouse provides a central site where individuals and organizations working in the conflict management field can access materials that support conflict analysis and prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. At the same time, the site will encourage development of the field itself by distilling best practices for creating and using multimedia in support of conflict management activities.
5) Alertnet - is a humanitarian news network based around a popular website. It aims to keep relief professionals and the wider public up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe. AlertNet attracts upwards of ten million users a year, has a network of 400 contributing humanitarian organizations and its weekly email digest is received by more than 26,000 readers.
6) Transcend Media Service - Part of the Transcend Network. The site provides original reporting that seeks to go beyond the usual questions, “How many were killed today?” and “Who is winning?” to ask two additional ones: “What is this conflict about?” and “What are possible solutions?”
7) Institute for War and Peace Reporting - builds democracy at the frontlines of conflict and change through the power of professional journalism. IWPR programs provide intensive hands-on training, extensive reporting and publishing, and ambitious initiatives to build the capacity of local media. Supporting peace-building, development and the rule of law, IWPR gives responsible local media a voice.
8) Al Jazeera English - the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel, is headquartered in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The organisation is the world's first global English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. From this unique position, Al Jazeera English is destined to be the English-language channel of reference for Middle Eastern events, balancing the current typical information flow by reporting from the developing world back to the West and from the southern to the northern hemisphere.The channel aims to give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions.
9) International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's New Digest - The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is pleased to circulate this daily selective digest of world news related to past, present and potential nonviolent conflicts, including active civilian-based struggles against oppressive regimes, nonviolent resistance, political and social dissidence, and the use of nonviolent tactics in a variety of causes. We also include stories that help readers glimpse the larger context of a conflict and that reflect on past historical struggles.
10) The International Center for Journalists - Maintains a wonderful database of resources and also recently started ICFJ Anywhere a global source for high-quality, online journalism courses taught by seasoned professionals.
11) FAHAMU - has a vision of the world where people organize to emancipate themselves from all forms of oppression, recognize their social responsibilities, respect differences, and realize their full potential. The organization focuses on Africa and engages in the following activities: promotes innovative use of information and communications technologies; stimulates debate, discussion and analyses; publishes news and information; develops and delivers educational courses, including by distance learning.