HomeTambaravol. 28 no. 1 (2011)

Peace Journalism Produces More Hope and Empathy in Filipino Audiences

Annabel L. R. Mcgoldrick

Discipline: Psychology, Social Science, Peace



This interdisciplinary article weaves together journalistic practice with psychological testing to explore whether ideas about the framing of news to contribute to peace actually make any difference to consumers, both cognitively and emotionally. Hence, the first half considers the historical background in the Philippines that has shaped how news producers and consumers make meaning. Rather than running a laboratory-based study, researchers worked in the field, in the TV newsroom of Davao-based ABS-CBN, utilizing material already broadcast. This material could be defined as “war journalism,” thus enabling it to be reframed as “peace journalism.”