Reporting Conflict - JOUR8060

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Richard Pendry checkmark-circle


The module engages with aspects of the way conflict reporting has developed from the 1930s to the digital multimedia reporting of the 21st century. The key topics are covered in seminars and lectures. They include the following: Journalism, patriotism and propaganda: war as a severe test of journalistic integrity and independence; Embeds, independents and reporters' security. Reporting terrorism . The political impact of war reporting. A number of seminars cover the events of key conflicts, and the way they were reported. These include wars in Chechnya; Afghanistan; Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Northern Ireland. Lecture topics are up-to-date with current research.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24
Private Study Hours: 126
Total Study Hours: 150


MA Multimedia Journalism (optional module)
MA in International Multimedia Journalism (optional module)

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay 1, 4000 words (40%)
Essay 2, 4000 words (40%)
Essay plan 1 (10%)
Essay plan 2 (10%)

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Hastings, M (2000). Going to the Wars. London: Macmillan.
Knightley, P (2006). The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Iraq. US: John Hopkins.
Loyd, A (2000). My war gone by, I miss it so. London: Anchor.
Loyn, D (2006). Frontline: The True Story of the British Mavericks Who Changed the Face of War Re-porting. London: Michael Joseph.
Simpson, J (2008). News From No Man's Land: Reporting the world. London: Pan.
Waugh, E (2003). Scoop: a novel about journalists. London: Penguin.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the evolution of conflict reporting since 1935
2. Have a detailed understanding of arguments concerning censorship, propaganda and embedding
3. Critique aspects of current professional practice in conflict reporting
4. Articulate sophisticated comment upon aspects of current research in conflict reporting
5. Show insight into the range of attitudes and values arising from the complexity and diversity of contemporary conflict reporting.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis.
2. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in understanding and analysing practical and ethical issues .


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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