For Robert Manoff, more coverage of international conflicts isn’t enough: He wants a whole different brand. The former managing editor of Harper’s Magazine and editor of the Columbia Journalism Review thinks the news media should reevaluate their role in such battles, examining what they can do to resolve and perhaps even prevent them.
Some say this is too close to advocacy. But to Manoff, director of New York University’s Center for War, Peace, and the News Media, it’s really part of good journalism. "We’re trying to push the envelope here," says Manoff. "I’m really trying to put on the table the question of what the moral responsibility of journalists is, with respect to genocide – the limit case – or other forms of mass social violence. It’s a question of how to cover, where to cover, and what to cover that isn’t covered."