Practicing journalism in a country under a dictatorship is almost a suicide mission. If it's a foreign correspondent, he's up against the scorn of government censors and the unblinking surveillance of security agents. It's like swimming in a sea infested with hungry sharks, where a reckless move by the reporter could result in the fatal … Continue reading The “Double Spy” and Me
Journalism at its best “momentum”
Practicing journalism today is more challenging and fascinating than before. Now the information that comes from all sides is more nourished, as well as the mass of false, adulterated or manipulated content. And this incessant barrage puts at stake the journalist's ability and skill to separate the chaff from the wheat. And to find not … Continue reading Journalism at its best “momentum”
Now we have to “talk” to the audiences
The media are not just for reporting. Apart from interacting with their readers or users, which has been a new phenomenon in communication, they have to "talk" with them. From simple news broadcasters, the media were getting closer to their audiences, directly or indirectly. In some cases, monitoring their tastes and perceptions; in others, opening … Continue reading Now we have to “talk” to the audiences
The dismantling of paradigms
Wherever we look at the world, what is perceived is a dynamic process of deconstruction of what were its main paradigms for many decades, including the press and journalism. Beginning with the fine arts, none of its most emblematic expressions has remained unscathed by the wave of transformations that, at the same time, have impacted … Continue reading The dismantling of paradigms
The legacy of a good press
With a horizon marked by the dominance of information on digital platforms, journalism is compelled to fight so that its essential values prevail in the new ecosystem. If the press has been, from the printed paradigm, the best ally of democracy, free expression and the defense of the common good, this heritage must remain alive … Continue reading The legacy of a good press
The pyramid is falling!
After serving as the cornerstone of journalistic writing, the so-called "inverted pyramid", which has been the writing pattern of newspapers, is in the doldrums. Until recently, it prevailed as the predominant structure in newspaper news, just as it had been for dozens of years, its parameter par excellence. Its principle is simple: the information is … Continue reading The pyramid is falling!
“Freedom is the mother of our democracy”
The greatest loss that a democracy could suffer is that which derives from the loss of freedom of expression. Democracy and freedom are consubstantial values. Neither can exist authentically if the other is missing. Democracy is lost when dictatorship replaces it. And the second, freedom of expression, when it is suffocated by the silence of … Continue reading “Freedom is the mother of our democracy”
The “Hearing Age”
Today's is called the “Hearing Age” because most of those who seek information and stories of interest prefer to listen to them, rather than read them. That explains the surprising boom in news and other vocalized content, as well as audiobooks. And, likewise, the "podcast" or audio formats that synthesize news stories set with effects … Continue reading The “Hearing Age”
Now, what is “news”?
Defining what was news and its hierarchical order in the page layout of a newspaper was, for many years, a task of the full editors. As if it were a collegiate court that agrees on a verdict, the full editors decided on their own whether or not it was important to publish. That has its … Continue reading Now, what is “news”?
Towards technological newsrooms
Diametrically different from the traditional ones, today's newsrooms are more technological and more focused on the production of audiovisual content. In the new paradigm of communication, digital journalism flaps its wings with force to reach larger audiences equipped with electronic devices through which they connect, inform themselves and interact with the sites or networks that … Continue reading Towards technological newsrooms