MP5026 - Reporting Risk and Conflict

What will I learn on this module?

‘Reporting Risk and Conflict’ will equip you with knowledge and skills to critically reflect on, and analyse, how issues and events of risk and conflict are reported within contemporary national and global contexts. It will provide you with the opportunity to explore the reporting of war and conflict, genocide and political/civil unrest, political and economic risks and environmental disasters using case studies in global society. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to analyse reporting of risk and conflict within the context of critical journalism theory and research. By the end of the module, you will have gained, at the appropriate level, knowledge and skills to engage in key debates involving the reporting, under-reporting or mis-reporting of risk and conflict societies; critically explore the factors that shape the reporting of risk and conflict; appreciate the role of the news media in the social construction, or in the management/prevention, of risk and conflict societies.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning is though lectures, seminars and independent learning. Lectures are informed by well-grounded state of the art and empirical research involving the reporting of issues and situations of risk and conflict. These are followed by student-centred weekly seminars which are structured around the core issues and themes of the module. The lectures and seminars are delivered with active students’ involvement.. The seminar setting provides the appropriate pedagogic setting to further explore the tutor-led aspects of the Module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You are supported in a variety of manners: the module tutor is available to discuss issues both during and outside scheduled teaching. Tutors can discuss issues during pre-determined Office Hours each week, and also via email. Additionally, information, teaching materials and other support is available through the Electronic Learning Portal system.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• Demonstrate the ability to analyse and understand the key concepts in risk and conflict reporting within contemporary journalism theory and practice.(LO1)
• Critically engage in the key debates involving the reporting, under-reporting or mis-reporting of risk and conflict societies (LO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Develop Intellectual skills to detect and interrogate war propaganda and manipulation (LO3)
• Develop professional skills and abilities to investigate political and corporate wrongs in risk and conflict contexts (LO4)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Demonstrate awareness of global and ethical standards in reporting risk and conflict and staying safe (LO5)

How will I be assessed?

Feedback and assessment will take pale during seminars.
The Module is assessed in a summative format via two assessment modes:
• In the first essay of 1,000 words you write a profile of a journalist of your choice working in a conflict or risk-related area in national or international context, or both. The profiles must have critical reflective sections where you reflect on best or bad practice of those they are profiling.(50%) (LO 1,2)
• The second assessment is a 1,500 word essay based on a question from a choice of six drawn from topics covered in the lectures and seminars of this module. (50%). (LO 1-4)





Module abstract

‘Reporting Risk and Conflict’ teaches you to analyse and critique journalism in the most difficult of circumstances., You will cover topics such as: reporting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, legal, ethical and professional challenges in reporting conflict, alternative models of reporting risk and conflict, citizen journalism and the online reporting of conflict, reporting humanitarian interventions in disaster, epidemic and conflict situations,; reporting conflict and propaganda; reporting youth and domestic violence; reporting race, extremism and terrorism; reporting strikes, protests and riots. Assessment is via the profile of a journalist working in risk and conflict situations and an essay.

Course info

UCAS Code PP35

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023

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