Mexico News Seminar
conducted by Tom Buckley
Mexico News Seminar examines how topical issues
are covered in today's national and foreign press.
For those who need to know the difference between
the editorial stance of Reforma and La Jornada
or have questions about the rise and fall of El Independiente,
this seminar provides an in-depth analysis of select journals
Mexico News Seminar will appeal to English-speaking
professionals who need a better understanding of the often-murky
Mexico news scene. Target audiences include media (journalists,
editors and authors), academics (educators, students, librarians)
and other professionals who need to learn more about contemporary
Tom Buckley brings an encyclopedic sweep to his
daily analysis of news coverage in the Mexico News Seminar.
His background essays pull no punches. I found myself quoting
from him for an article after just a couple of days. If you
know nothing of Mexico City's newly invigorated press, this
is a great place to start. If you think you know something,
this is a great place to learn more.
- Mark Fitzgerald, Editor & Publisher Columnist
Even if you are well-informed about Mexico, Mexico
News Seminar offers tools to become better-informed
and to use news sources more effectively.
- Mary Turck, Editor, Resource Center of the Americas
Mexico News Seminar fills an important
void for those of us who have a keen interest in our southern
neighbor but don't have time to wade through a myriad of publications.
It provides an incisive summary of the day's most important
events and their potential fallout, both in Mexico and beyond.
- David Brackney, Los Angeles, journalist/author
"An excellent and concise resource for Mexico
watchers who need up-to-the-minute information. Mexico News
Seminar provides a balanced, objective approach to the often
conflicting news reports and information originating from a
variety of sources. A great first stop for any professional
or interested individual."
-Albert Sgambati, Mexico City/New York City, journalist/author
Mexico News Seminar is the best English-language
analysis of today's media coverage of Mexico's politics. If
you don't have time to read five daily papers and keep track
of radio and television broadcasts, Tom does this work for you.
- Ron Mader, Planeta.com founder
Mexico News Seminar is conducted by Tom
Buckley and features a daily essay analyzing news coverage
in a cross-section of Mexico City newspapers and news magazines.
Participants need to budget at least one hour
each day for reading and assignments. Questions and observations
from participants are incorporated into the discussion.
El Financiero - El Universal - La Jornada - Milenio
- Palapa - Proceso - Reforma
Tom Buckley has spent more than 11 years as a
journalist in Mexico
City and is the former managing editor of the Mexico City-based
monthly, Business Mexico and the daily News. He received his
masters degree in Latin American Studies at the University of
Texas at Austin.
Currently, Tom is
working on an expanded version of Interpreting Contemporary
Mexico: How the Media Cover Mexico.
Group and classroom discounts can be negotiated.
has a grand tradition of journalism that dates to the scribes
of the 16th century. The first newspaper appeared in 1722. Since
then, journalists have survived episodes of repression, including
assassination, to keep the public informed through nearly three
centuries of turmoil and upheaval.
In the past quarter century, Mexican journalism
has experienced dramatic change, enjoying greater freedom and
independence as editorial objectivity and investigative journalism
Readers must exercise selectivity (there are more
than 30 newspapers in Mexico City alone) and sift through media
that demonstrate active partisanship and conspicuous ideological
As Mexico continues its transition to democracy,
the free press looks to evolve into a reliable source of objective
reporting, analysis and commentary. At the same time, publishers
are battling severe economic crises that have caused many newspapers
to reduce staff and lower wages, eliminate supplements and cut
back on editions printed.
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