Call for Chapters: Reporting from the Wars 1850 – 2015. The origins and evolution of the war correspondent


Barry Turner. University of Lincoln (United Kingdom)

Daniel Barredo Ibáñez. Universidad del Rosario (Colombia)

Steven James Grattan. University of Leicester (United Kingdom)


Call for Chapters


Proposals Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017
Full Chapters Due: April 30, 2017




War reporting has made a massive impression on the public not only in how wars are fought but why they are fought. The ability of the public to ‘see’ what is happening at the front changed the public’s attitude to war in very many respects and even where a war may be ‘popular’ the involvement of the press led to criticisms that have changed war almost in equal measure to the changes brought about by weapons technology.

The book will be a compilation of historical and contemporary stories of the war correspondent and battlefield photographer from the earliest days of modern war reporting to the present. It will seek to determine the changes in style, method and practice of the work of the war correspondent and examine the changes in attitudes to, and how the public view war from the high point of imperialism to the present day jihad.

This book will be of interest to journalists, academics and students. By mixing historical analysis with contributions from modern war reporters it will analyse such subjects as the role of propaganda in winning over the public to support wars of aggression, the portrayal of war as entertainment, the use of technology in war reporting and the lives, and sadly often the deaths of those who take on this most dangerous and disturbing vocation.

Since modern war reporting commenced following the inventions of the electric telegraph and the camera there have been many different approaches to how the news should be brought to the reader and later the listener and viewer. The military have had a volatile relationship with the press as conflicting interests always operated. On the one hand the military want their victories properly acknowledged while their failures as well hidden as possible. Military strategy needs secrecy but the press is about openness.


Recommended Topics

We are seeking chapters for this edited book that address (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Theoretical and Critical Approaches to Reporting from the Wars
  • Reporting War: Analysis of Case Studies
  • Journalistic Culture & Reporting War
  • The Role of Propaganda on the Public during Wars
  • The Portrayal of War as Entertainment
  • The Use of Technology in War Reporting


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 31, 2017, a chapter proposal of 100 to 200 words and short biography. Authors will be notified by February 15, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected by April 30, 2017. Inquiries: Daniel Barredo Ibáñez, Universidad del Rosario, (, Barry Turner, University of Lincoln, ( and Steven James Grattan, University of Leicester (

Important Dates


January 31, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 15, 2017: Notification of Acceptance
April 30, 2017: Full Chapter Submission
June 30, 2017: Review Results Returned
August 15, 2017: Final Acceptance Notification
August 30, 2017: Final Chapter Submission


This proposal is due on January 31st 2017.

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