Recent Projects

July/AUGUST 2015

The center's director traveled to Kashmir to work on a peace journalism project with professional journalists and with students and faculty at the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora. See the Peace Journalism Insights blog for more information.

January and May, 2015

Working on a State Dept grant, the center presented seminars in Adana, Turkey and a summit in Istanbul, Turkey designed to improve reporting about Syrian refugees in Turkey. See the Peace Journalist magazine for more details. The project will continue in Malatya, Turkey in October.

October 2014

The center’s director traveled to Rongo University (Kenya) to conduct seminars and workshops with a peace theme. Multimedia products detailing the project include audio stories and a photo album.

August 2014

The center’s director participated in the Media For Social Change symposium in Mexico City, Mexico sponsored by Ashoka México y Centroamérica.

July 2014

Peace Journalism and Immigration Seminar, BronxNet/Lehman College, Bronx, NY. The seminar/project focused on effective, compassionate reporting about immigrants.

March 2014

Peace Journalism project in Cyprus. This included lectures at Eastern Mediterranean University, and a Peace Journalism and Migration seminar at the Cyprus Community Media Centre in the buffer zone in Nicosia. For more, see the April 2014 Peace Journalist magazine.

October 2013

The center’s director participated in the Sustained Humanitarian Presence Initiative workshop, sponsored by Irish AID and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. This workshop in Limerick, Ireland for NGO leaders was the first part of a larger project to develop a course to help NGO's operate more effectively in a crisis area. Steven Youngblood’s  instructional segment at the workshop centered around how NGO’s might most effectively utilize media in a crisis zone.

September 2013

Symposium-“Doing the Wrong Thing: The Struggle for an Ethical Media”, held at Park University. Video of the event is archived at at

June 2013

Peace Journalism Bootcamp, Bronx, NY. Held in conjunction with BronxNet and Lehman College.

May 2013

Speaker: Generation Next Seminar, Sponsored by Fulbright Association, Issyk-Kul, Kygryzstan. Topics: The Peace Movement and Social Media, Peace Journalism.

Peace Journalism seminar, Advanced peace journalism seminar, Professional journalist training, Beirut, Lebanon. Held in conjunction with Media Association for Peace-Lebanon.

Past Projects

Keynote Speech at University of California April 2013

Keynote speech: "The Ethics of Peace Journalism: Serving a Higher Calling." Communication and Media Days, Univ. of California-San Marcos, April 24, 2013.

February 2013

"The Crisis in Mexico: Is Peace Journalism Possible?" A special symposium was held on Feb. 22 at Park University. The event was co-sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Expert panelists includes Cristina Zesatti (Zacatecas, Mexico), and Mary Sanchez (Kansas City Star). Watch the Video .

December 2012

Center Director Steven Youngblood appeared on KCUR-FM (NPR in Kansas City) in December to discuss peace journalism and his book about teaching in Uganda, "Professor Komagum".

November 2012

International Peace Research Association—Youngblood presented two papers on peace journalism at an international conference in November in Japan. For details, see the April, 2013 Peace Journalist magazine.

October 2012

Bronx Peace Media Project--A peace media project was held in October 2012 in the Bronx, NY. It featured two peace journalism seminars for journalists and students at BronxNet. Among the discussions: the concept of forgiveness, even for the worst among us. Students went out into the streets to initiate a discussion about if Osama Bin Laden should be forgiven.

June 2012

Kenya peace journalism project—PJ seminars were being taught for radio journalists in two Kenyan cities in June, 2012. See more at:

December 2011

Peace media/counterterrorism project--A peace media and counterterrorism program launched in Dec., 2011 and is continuing this fall. The project (click here for details) is bringing together media and security officials to in Uganda to establish frameworks of cooperation on anti-terrorism efforts. It is funded with a $150,000 State Dept. grant. For more information, go to:

July 2011

"People Building Peace 2.0"--A story about the Uganda PJ project is featured in the book "People Building Peace 2.0". The Uganda story by S. Youngblood was selected for the book as part of a "Stories of Peace" contest sponsored by the Peace Portal.

May 2011

Peace Journalism lectures (and a lecture about social media and the Egyptian revolution) presented by S. Youngblood in 2011 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Outstanding university, receptive, engaged audiences. Download interview GO (mp3).