Can Peace Journalism be transposed to Climate Crisis journalism?

  • Robert A Hackett School of Communication Simon Fraser University
Keywords: climate change, climate crisis, climate journalism, global, journalism paradigms, Indigenous concept of warrior, peace journalism


This commentary briefly outlines characteristics of Peace Journalism (PJ), and then summarises ways that PJ could inspire justice and crisis-oriented climate journalism, including ethical moorings, audience orientation, journalism practices, self-reflexivity and scepticism of the practices of ‘objectivity’.  While there are also important disjunctures between them, particularly around advocacy, partisanship and conflict escalation, both paradigms have liberal and radical variants.  The author concludes with a note on structural media change as a corequisite of either paradigm’s implementation.


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Author Biography

Robert A Hackett, School of Communication Simon Fraser University

Professor, School of Communication at Simon Fraser University.  Author, co-author or co-editor of many articles, chapters, reports and monographs, and eight books, on journalism, media, politics and social movements, most recently Journalism for Climate Crisis: Public Engagement, Media Alternatives (Routledge 2017). Co-founder of NewsWatch Canada, Media Democracy Days,


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How to Cite
Hackett, R. A. (2017). Can Peace Journalism be transposed to Climate Crisis journalism?. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 23(1), 14-24.