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E-Seminars: E-Seminar Detail

E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
Romance and Reality

E-Seminar 2
Media and Propaganda

War Reporting
A Series of Three

War Reporting
E-Seminar 3, Technologies and Responsibilities
Taught by: Tom Lansner

E-Seminar Description
In Technologies and Responsibilities, the third e-seminar in the three-part series War Reporting, Professor Tom Lansner, a former war correspondent for the British press in Asia, Africa, and Central America, looks at the impact of lighter, faster, and more powerful digital communication tools on reporting from the battlefield, including how the increasing volume of coverage is often provided without the context and analysis needed to understand it. He examines the broader awareness among correspondents, editors, and the broader public that war reporters require specialized skills to operate in an environment that may be intensely hostile psychologically as well as physically dangerous. He discusses the growing emphasis on reporting about the ethics and legality of a conflict, and about crimes of war and humanitarian issues. Professor Lansner provides many references and links to sites worldwide that offer broader perspectives on war reporting.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Understand the social impact of seemingly improved communication from the battlefield.

•   Consider newer perspectives on the responsibilities of war reporting.

•   Inform about the more complex and dangerous world faced by war reporters.

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1.   Introduction
2.   Technology
3.   Ethics
4.   War Crimes
5.   Changes
6.   Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Thomas R. Lansner has taught international media and policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs since 1994. He served as Assistant Dean from May 1999 to August 2001.

Throughout the 1980s, Professor Lansner was a correspondent, principally in Africa and Asia, for the London Observer, the Guardian, Far Eastern Economic Review, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and other media outlets. Based in Uganda, India, and then the Philippines, he covered political, economic, and social developments, as well as wars and civil conflicts, in countries across Africa and the Asia-Pacific. He reported from conflict zones in then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Uganda, pre-independence Eritrea, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the occupied West Bank. In 1983 he spent a week with the Afghan mujihadin, who were fighting the Soviets, and he traveled with guerilla groups through combat zones in several countries.

Professor Lansner writes regularly on international affairs and has served as a consultant on media, human-rights, and democratization issues to numerous nongovernmental organizations and political parties. He also trains human-rights advocates in media skills and conducts seminars for media practitioners on human rights, conflict, and election coverage.

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Recommended Reading
Allen, Tim and Jean Seaton, eds. The Media of Conflict: War Reporting and Representations of Ethnic Violence. London: Zed Books, 1999.

Alterman, Jon B. New Media, New Politics? From Satellite Television to the Internet in the Arab World Washington, DC: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 1998.

Bertrand, Claude-Jean, ed. An Arsenal for Democracy: Media Accountability Systems. Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press, 2001.

Cummings, Bruce. War and Television. London: Verso, 1992.

Der Derian, James. Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network. Boulder: Westview Press, 2001.

El-Nawawy, Mohammed, and Adel Iskander. Al Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East. Cambridge: Westview Press, 2002.

Galtung, Johan, and Richard C. Vincent. "When Negotiations Fail: Reporting on a War." In Global Glasnost: Toward a New World Information and Communication Order? Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press, 1992.

Kennedy, William V. The Military and the Media: Why the Press Cannot Be Trusted to Cover a War. Westport: Praeger, 1993.

Knightley, Philip. The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Kosovo. Introduction by John Pilger. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Mermin, Jonathan. Debating War and Peace: Media Coverage of U.S. Intervention in the Post-Vietnam Era. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Mowlana, Hamid, George Gerbner, and Herbert I. Schiller, eds. Triumph of the Image: The Media's War in the Persian Gulf - A Global Perspective. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1992.

Neuman, Johanna. Lights, Camera, War: Is Media Technology Driving International Politics? New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.

Roth, Michael P. Historical Dictionary of War Journalism. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Waugh, Evelyn. Scoop. Boston: Little, Brown, 1999.

Young, Peter R., ed. Defense and the Media in Time of Limited War. Portland: Frank Cass, 1992.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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