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Civic Journalism Part of Mexican Media Revolution

A piece in the Mexican El Universal, praises Sallie Hughes’ book “Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico” as an excellent overview of the changes in Mexican newsrooms.

The piece in part says:

Hughes gives a name to the new autonomous, assertive and politically diverse Mexican journalism that has taken over (though not completely) from the authoritarian model that dominated for most of the 20th century – “civic journalism.” It has the potential, she writes, “to enhance civic participation and government accountability to citizens, (which are) the civic objectives expressed by its principal practitioners.”

It adds:

A welcome addition to that mix would be more journalism-driven journalism. As Hughes implies throughout, Mexican civic journalism is a work in progress.

At the AEJMC convention Jan Schaffer, who now runs the J-Lab at the University of Maryland and who formerly directed the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, says she still gets many calls from people worldwide who want to know more about civic or public journalism.

Any how, I think I will put Hughes, who is a professor at the University of Miami, on my IM Interview to-do list.


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