Produced to fill a gap in current knowledge about the state of journalism in Latin America, this timely book chronicles how recent changes toward democratization and privatization in the region have influenced mass media industries and the practice of journalism. Written as a tribute to earlier books about the development and status of Latin American news organizations, this text provides a readable overview of journalism in the area. Unlike those in previous works, these chapters are divided by issues and subject matter instead of by nations and regions. Each chapter concludes with a "spotlight" case study to illustrate the reading material. These features -- along with several easy-to- follow tables, topical examples suitable for class discussions, and a variety of sources including original interviews with media professionals -- all combine to form the most up-to-date book currently available on this constantly changing subject.
"…an impressive bibliography of more than 450 items, which are precisely integrated into the text, and a rather balanced treatment that digests left and right viewpoints….this is a very valuable addition to area studies; in fact, the very best book on Latin American journalism."
"Salwen and Garrison pay special attention to print media, which has unusual importance in many of the affairs in Latin America….meticulously researched…a logical approach to a complex subject."
—Editor & Publisher
"There are specific case studies that highlight issues raised on each topic, and valuable statistics."
—British Bulletin of Publications
Contents: John C. Merrill, Foreword. A New Decade. Press and Government Relations. The Practice of Journalism. New World Information and Communication Order. News Agencies. Newspapers. Magazines and Books. Broadcast Media. Advertising and Public Relations. Into the Next Century: Conclusions.
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