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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Rosental Alves

Professor

Professor and Knight Chair in Journalism, School of Journalism

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Interests

foreign correspondence; online journalism; communication; freedom of the press

LAS 322 • Journalism In Latin America

40195 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CMA A3.128
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This course intends to provide students with an understanding of the practice of journalism in Latin America, and its progress and constraints in the struggle for the freedom of the press and democracy. In addition, it includes general information about the region, such as historical, political, economic, cultural, ethnic and even geographical aspects. Although the emphasis will be on three major cases, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, there also will be a country-by-country analysis of the evolution of the current status of journalism.   Latin America here is understood to be the 20 nations of the Americas and the Caribbean that share an Iberian cultural heritage: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (a US commonwealth), Uruguay and Venezuela.   Topics that will be covered include: ·        How the democratic wave in the region during the last quarter of the 20th Century affected journalism in countries that for generations had been under dictatorship and strong censorship; ·        The problem of violence against journalists in the hemisphere, especially in cases related to organized crime, drug trafficking and political motivated crimes. ·        The growth of investigative journalism in Latin America. ·        The impact of the Internet and other digital media on journalism and freedom of expression in the region; ·        How corruption, traditionally widespread in some countries, affects the practice of journalism; ·        The relations between the press and governments which do not understand or accept the role of independent journalism in a democracy; ·        Media monopolies and duopolies, and concentration of media ownership; ·        The colegios and degree requirements for the licensing of professional journalists and; ·        The emergence of a Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Expression jurisprudence in the Inter American System.

LAS 322 • Journalism In Latin America

40510 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CMA A3.128
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Meets with J 367E.

 

This course intends to provide students with an understanding of the practice of journalism in Latin America, and its progress and constraints in the struggle for the freedom of the press and democracy. In addition, it includes general information about the region, such as historical, political, economic, cultural, ethnic and even geographical aspects. Although the emphasis will be on three major cases, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, there also will be a country-by-country analysis of the evolution of the current status of journalism.

Latin America here is understood to be the 20 nations of the Americas and the Caribbean that share an Iberian cultural heritage: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (a US commonwealth), Uruguay and Venezuela.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • How the democratic wave in the region during the last quarter of the 20th Century affected journalism in countries that for generations had been under dictatorship and strong censorship;
  • An analysis of five cases of newspapers that have been at the vanguard of their countries' transition to democracy;
  • The impact of recently elected left-wing, self-proclaimed revolutionary administrations have had on journalism;
  • The impact of the Internet and other digital media on journalism and freedom of expression in the region;
  • How corruption, traditionally widespread in some countries, affects the practice of journalism;
  • The relations between the press and governments which do not understand or accept the role of independent journalism in a democracy;
  • Media monopolies and duopolies, and concentration of media ownership;
  • The colegios and degree requirements for the licensing of professional journalists and;
  • Violence and all forms of intimidation tactics against journalists and news organizations.
Course Objectives:

The main goals of this class are:

  • To engage students in a critical thinking process to analyze journalism in Latin American countries, including a country by country overview that covers cultural, political, economical and historical aspects and can serve as model to apply to other parts of the world;
  • To understand the evolution of journalism in countries that have been struggling for democracy and freedom of expression, and the new challenges that have emerged lately;
  • To discuss the importance of the press and its role in a democratic society, as part of its checks and balances, and how the Digital Revolution is affecting journalism and its role in a democracy;
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