Latin American Journalism

By Michael B. Salwen; Bruce Garrison | Go to book overview

Foreword

John C. Merrill Emeritus Professor of Journalism, University of Missouri

As media-related and journalism books become more common and more numerous, they have a way of shedding the superficiality of a broad global concern andtending toward localization and specificity. It is not strange, therefore, that here we have another regional treatment of mass media dimensions and issues. Latin American Journalism, coming on a crest of a wave of regional and national media literature, has arrived at a very propitious time. Students of the press south of the United States should find on the following pages timely, and given prognosticative, insights.

Latin America's own glasnost and perestroika developed all through the 1980s, but were under-reported in the United States where all eyes were on the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries. Significant changes were shaking the media worlds of Latin America, and it is our good fortune that Professors Salwen and Garrison were awake to these changes, were recording them, and on the following pages have shared many of them with us.

As one who has endeavored to deal with the media globally, I know the tremendous difficulty in such a pan-national and multinational journalistic treatment such as the authors have here provided. Latin America is a large and complex area, with varied traditions and cultures -- and this book goes a long way in explaining this in the context of mass communication. The task that the authors set for themselves has been formidable, but they have met the challenge well as they provide a broad spectrum of information and analysis of Latin American journalism.

One interesting and significant point that the discerning reader will find all through this book is that Latin American journalism is quite different from the journalism of most of the so-called Third (or developing) World. And one reason

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments viii
  • Foreword xi
  • Chapter 1 - A New Decade 1
  • Chapter 2 - Press and Government Relations 15
  • Chapter 3 - The Practice of Journalism 34
  • Chapter 4 - New World Information And Communication Order 61
  • Chapter 5 - News Agencies 84
  • Chapter 6 - Newspapers 102
  • Chapter7 - Magazines and Books 124
  • Chapter 8 - Broadcast Media 145
  • Chapter 9 - Advertising and Public Relations 167
  • Chapter 10 - Into the Next Century: Conclusions 185
  • References 191
  • Index 208
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