Media & Governance in Latin America

Exploring the role of communication for development

The University of Sheffield, 13–14 May 2014


Tuesday 13 May






Keynote address

HRI plenary room

State and civil society in contemporary media reforms in Latin America
Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University




Panel 1: Media and democratisation processes (1)

HRI room 1

A perfect storm: the socio-political circumstances behind media reform in Mexico
Alejandro Abraham, Goldsmiths, University of London

Mexico: the debate on the right to reply in the recent reform of the telecommunications law, one step toward the participation of citizens in media
Ana Azurmendi, University of Navarra

Broadcasting regulation and the quality of democracy in Chile. Is there a CNTV model about election media coverage?
Pierre Lefébure, University of Paris 13

Panel 2: Communication and social movements

HRI room 2

The Chilean Student movement and the media: a comparative in the visual representation of the 4 August 2011 manifestation in traditional and alternative media
Carolina Perez Arredondo, Lancaster University

New social movements and social media uses: Mexicans' mobilisation for peace
Lidia Garcia, Nottingham Trent University

Civic empowerment in social media platforms. #YoSoy132 as starting point from social movements in Mexico
Mario Zaragoza Ramírez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

A discursive view of the Chilean educational conflict
Elizabeth Torrico, University of Southampton

Panel 3: Political communication in emerging democracies

ICOSS conference room

Mass media, political and de facto powers in democratic Mexico: the case of the duopoly Televisa-TV Azteca, between reforms and electoral campaigns
Elsa Guardiola, University of Montpellier 3,

Polls and statistics: the role of numbers in communicating elections and development in Brazil
Renata Brandao, University of Sheffield

Media and the reinforcement of political leadership in Chilean politics
Maria Loreto Urbina, University of Nottingham

Remembering through media in transitional democracies: 'the role of the public broadcaster in telling the hi(story) of the Chilean dictatorship'
Catalina Guzmán, Hamburg University





Panel 4: Media and democratisation processes (2)

HRI room 1

Democratisation, political culture and media: a longitudinal analysis using Mexican data, 2001-2012
Figueras-Zanabria, Meyer-Rodriguez, Miranda-Munoz, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla

Many Mexicos: media systems below the surface
Antonio Brambila, University of Sheffield

Political economy and media in Puerto Rico at a crucial time of potential transitions
Federico Subervi, Kent State University

How to follow Cuban news? Mapping political information about the island
Ramón I Centeno, University of Sheffield

Panel 5: Journalistic practice and democracy

HRI room 2

What does the future hold for Brazilian journalism? An assessment of journalistic practices and current challenges for democratisation
Carolina Matos, City University London

Organisational constraints, journalistic agency and the validation of non-traditional political actors
Ximena Orchard, University of Sheffield

Neoliberalism in journalism studies: beyond the news of economics and the economics of news
Isabel Awad, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The polarised media: journalism practice in Chavez's Venezuela (2000-2010)
Edmundo Bracho, University of Westminster


Key panel

HRI plenary room

Climate change in the Latin American media: challenges and obstacles
James Painter, University of Oxford

The Brazilian summer of discontent: street demonstrations and media coverage
Olga Guedes, Nottingham Trent University

Wednesday 14 May




Key panel

HRI plenary room

Dying for the truth: the Mexican drug war and freedom of the press
Peter Watt, University of Sheffield

Contesting credibility: human rights reporting in Mexico
Ella McPherson, London School of Economics




Panel 6: Communication, civic society and development

HRI room 1

Communication for development, human rights and construction of social memory from communicative citizenship perspective: the case of the Children’s Audiovisual School, Belen de los Andaquies, Colombia
Camilo Tamayo, University of Huddersfield

Dynamics of innovation and citizen journalism in Latin American indigenous radio
Mónica Marchesi, Rovira i Virgili University

Desalambrando el aire: Communication and Mapuche struggles in Argentina
Saskia Fischer, University of London

The social media management of Latin American non- profit investigative journalism organisations
Jose Luis Requejo-Alemán, University Carlos III of Madrid
Jairo Lugo-Ocando, University of Sheffield

Panel 7: Media, populism and change

HRI room 2

"Change! Change! Change! They all cried in unison": Fidel Castro's reflections of a post-Fidel era
Sara Garcia-Santamaria, University of Sheffield

"Here came the people to stay forever": constructing the people in Venezuelan populist newspapers
Virpi Salojarvi, University of Helsinki

Demands for media democratisation and the Latin American 'new left'
Philip Kitzberger, Universidad Torcuato di Tella

TeleSUR, in the attempt of being a regional public media
Tomás Gonzalez Ginestet, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg

Panel 8: Media and conflict (1)

ICOSS conference room

A democratising media in an insecure democracy? Media, civil society and drugs in Mexico
José Angel García, University of Sheffield

Reporting crime, corruption and conflict. Defending press freedom in Colombia's Bajo Cauca
Mathew Charles, Bournemouth University

The CIA, The 'Unidad Popular' and 'El Mercurio': history of a propaganda model, disinformation and lies
Francisco Javier Alvear, Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Radio y conflicto: el caso del golpe de Estado en Venezuela de 2002
Alexander Hernández, Universidad del Zulia





Panel 9: Media and policy struggles

HRI room 2

From patronage to corporate social responsibility? Media representations of political strategies among fishers and the Mexican Oil Regime
Liina-Maija Quist and Pia Rinne, University of Helsinki

Social governance and media discourse: the narrative construction of educational policy in traditional and new media in Chile
Carolina Campalans, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá

Voices from the margins, people and the media in the struggle for land in Brazil
Paola Sartoretto, Karlstad University

The Chilean conservative media vs the Constituent Assembly: combining corpus-based and CDA approaches
Jose Manuel Ferreiro, Lancaster University

Panel 10: Media and conflict (2)

ICOSS conference room

The drug war and the relationship between the Mexican state, democracy and the media
Talia Garza Garza, University of Sheffield

Negotiating peace during war: how the Colombian media contributes to peace or war when covering the armed conflict and the peace talks
Yenny Serrano, University of Strasbourg

Estrategia y comunicación: una mirada a la comunicación del Ministerio de Defensa colombiano desde la lógica del conflicto interno
Nicolás Botero and Miguel Benito, Universidad de La Sabana

Disasters as political communication: the rescue of the Chilean miners in local and global television
Cesar Jimenez-Martinez, London School of Economics and Political Science


Keynote address

HRI plenary room

Journalism and citizenship: looking for convergence
Rosa Maria Alfaro, CONCORTV (Consejo Consultivo de Radio y Televisión, Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, Perú)

The programme

View the complete listing of sessions at the conference.

Full details

Guest speakers

More about those speaking and leading sessions at the conference.

About our speakers

Where and when

The conference will take place on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 May 2013 at the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), both at the University of Sheffield.

Contact us

If you have any questions about Media & Governance in Latin America please email Ximena Orchard: