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Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change

Journalism for Social Change in Asia

Reporting Human Rights

Authors: Downman, Scott, Ubayasiri, Kasun

  • Explains journalism as a sociological process that helps underpin and highlight journalism’s role in instigating and facilitating social change
  • Draws from both mainstream and alternative media reportage of human rights advocacy, to illustrate best practice models, shortcomings and limitations  in the contemporary coverage, and where possible make suggestions on better reporting strategies
  • Case studies are drawn from South and Southeast Asia, an area rarely subjected to academic scrutiny in the field of human rights journalism
  • Provides a holistic approach to human rights reporting, linking armed conflicts and poverty, with refugee migration, people smuggling and human trafficking
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About this book

This book explores the role and purpose of journalism to spark and propagate change by investigating human rights journalism and its capacity to inform, educate and activate change. Downman and Ubayasiri maximize this approach by proposing a new paradigm of reporting through the use of human-focussed news values. This approach is a radical departure from the traditional style that typically builds on abstract concepts. The book will explore human rights journalism through the lens of complex issues such as human trafficking and people smuggling in the Asian context. This is not just a book for journalists, or journalism academics, but a book for activists, human rights advocates or anyone who believes in the power of journalism to change the world.

About the authors

Scott Downman is a Journalism Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Scott has worked in anti-human trafficking project in Southeast Asia for more than a decade. 

Kasun Ubayasiri is a Journalism Lecturer at Griffith University, and a former Sri Lankan journalist with a special interest in human rights and conflict reporting. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction to Journalism for Social Change

    Downman, Scott (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Human Rights as a News Value

    Downman, Scott (et al.)

    Pages 25-53

  • Human Rights Journalism and the New Journalism Ecosystem

    Downman, Scott (et al.)

    Pages 55-73

  • Human Trafficking, People Smuggling, Refugee Migration and the News Media

    Downman, Scott (et al.)

    Pages 75-96

  • Smuggled or Trafficked: The Story of the Rohingya

    Downman, Scott (et al.)

    Pages 97-117

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95179-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95178-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Journalism for Social Change in Asia
Book Subtitle
Reporting Human Rights
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95179-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95179-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95178-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 219
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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