Journalism on the Frontline

Breaking New Ground


The history of journalism over the last hundred years has been one of tremendous change, not simply in terms of new technologies that have, to some extent, defined and democratised a whole generation now accustomed to non-stop, on-demand, and immediately shareable information from an ever wider range of voices, but also the human aspect, from the empowerment of the disenfranchised to issues of censorship and free speech which persist in new ways, under repressive regimes, and in cyberspace.

In this special collection, we spotlight two of the most pressing challenges faced by journalists today: the dangers of reporting on the frontline in conflict zones around the globe, and giving voices to women and minorities in an industry historically dominated by narrow elites, at a time when more perspectives are urgently needed.  

Reporting Dangerously

Journalist Killings, Intimidation and Security

Simon Cottle, Richard Sambrook, Nick Mosdell

More journalists are being killed, attacked and intimidated than at any time in history. Reporting Dangerously examines the statistics and looks at the trends in journalist killings and intimidation around the world. It identifies what factors have led to this rise and positions these in historical and global contexts. This important study also provides case studies and first-hand accounts from journalists working in some of the most dangerous places in the world today and seeks to understand the different pressures they must confront. It also examines industry and political responses to these trends and pressures as well as the latest international initiatives aimed at challenging cultures of impunity and keeping journalists safe.

Throughout, the authors argue that journalism contributes a vital if often neglected role in the formation and conduct of civil societies. This is why reporting from ‘uncivil’ places matters and this is why journalists are often positioned in harm’s way. The responsibility to report in a globalizing world of crises and human insecurity, and the responsibility to try and keep journalists safe while they do so, it is argued, belongs to us all.

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A masterwork of testimony and facts from Simon Cottle, Richard Sambrook and Nick Mosdell; its size and scope offer a chance to be more thoughtful.

Peter Preston, The Guardian

Headlines from the Holy Land

Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

James Rodgers
Tied by history, politics, and faith to all corners of the globe, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fascinates and infuriates people across the world. Based on new archive research and original interviews, Headlines from the Holy Land explains why this fiercely contested region exerts such a pull over leading correspondents and diplomats.

This timeline illustrates some of the key events explored in this book.

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Behind the Wireless

A History of Early Women at the BBC

Kate Murphy

Behind the Wireless tells the story of women at the BBC in the 1920s and 30s. Broadcasting was brand new in Britain and the BBC developed without many of the overt discriminatory practices commonplace at the time. Women were employed at all levels, except the very top, for instance as secretaries, documentary makers, advertising representatives, and librarians. Three women held Director level posts, Hilda Matheson (Director of Talks), Mary Somerville (Director of School Broadcasting), and Isa Benzie (Foreign Director). Women also produced the programmes aimed at female listeners and brought women broadcasters to the microphone. There was an ethos of equality and the chance to rise through the ranks from accounts clerk to accompanist. But lurking behind the façade of modernity were hidden inequalities in recruitment, pay, and promotion and in 1932 a marriage bar was introduced. Kate Murphy examines how and why the interwar BBC created new opportunities for women.

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The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism

Ed. Carolyn M. Byerly

This handbook offers the first global study of women's employment in news using survey data. It comprises chapters on 29 nations from all regions of the world, authored by local researchers who have a depth of knowledge about their nations' culture, history, gender relations and journalism.

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