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Noted: Storytelling and race- doing it better

Volume 13, Issue 2

September, 2007

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Robie, D. (2007). Storytelling and race - doing it better. Pacific Journalism Review, 13(2): 215-219. Review of The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting of race and ethnicity, edited by Arlene Morgan, Alice Pifer and Keith Woods. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. 353pp. ISBN 0231132883, & Review of International Review of the Red Cross: Humanitarian debate: Law, policy action, communication. Quarterly published by the International Red Cross (ICRC) and Cambridge University Press., & Review of Defence of Madrid: An Eyewitness Account from the Spanish Civil War, by Geoffrey Cox. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2006. 213pp. ISBN 1877372382.
Author(s): David Robie
Reviewed books by: Arlene Morgan, Alice Pifer, Keith Woods (editors), and the Red Cross, and Geoffery Cox
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September, 2007

'Storytelling. Pasifika stories told with context, complexity and completness. Just another side to the theme of this book on better reporting of race and ethnicity' - The Authentic Voice. 

'The word 'neutrality occurs when we talk about the Red Cross. It often means a 'no comment'. But this journal on 'communication' is an eye opener and full of interesting comments. Its editorial notes that in a time of conflict, the sender's message is printed as information and that of the opponent as propaganda. It could be expressed as 'the first casualty when war comes is truth.'' - International Review of the Red Cross.

'Geoffrey Cox's many dramatic eyewitness accounts of the bitter battles for demoracy and survival in the dommed city are a living example of the journalism maxim 'first draft of history'. His vivid reportage provided the foundation for this classic account of one of the critical periods of the war, Defence of Madrid. The book was written in a two-month period after the Republicans' successful defence of the city.' -Defence of Madrid.