Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010

The article is a valuable research that scrutinizes how a major daily newspaper such as The Washington Post built through the journalistic discourse the reality of a country like Cuba in two significant moments in its history, a period beginning on July 31st 2006, the date on which the Proclamation of Fidel Castro issued until February 2008 with the election of Raúl Castro as president of the island.

The paper, written with great clarity and precision, outlines the main points of contact between power, media and ideology, and unveils through the analysis of the journalistic discourse present in 91 pieces of news which are those issues and approaches prioritized by the newspaper in reference to Cuba and the linkages between the Post journalist discourse and the U.S. foreign policy toward the island. On that regard and though is the study’s main goal, it makes a brilliant theoretical tour through different forms of understanding discourse.

Noteworthy is the large sample under analysis and the results of the study that show the strong correlation between the Post's journalistic discourse and the political discourse of the Administration.

In light of the findings, the author notes how the Post discourse in the period studied perpetuates the traditional way in which the American press has been portraying the reality of Cuba, while reflecting a raging issue today, the fact that the different positions taken by the power elites begin to glimpse when they address the issue of Cuba after Fidel Castro's illness and since the taking power of his brother Raul.

Therefore, I consider and recommend the publication of this article in Revista Latina de Comunicación Social.– Nerea Vadillo, Ph. D. - Universidad San Jorge, Zaragoza.

The issue addressed by the article entitled “The media construction of Cuba. An analysis of The Washington Post newspaper discourse” is of undoubted interest, when it refers to the image presented on Cuba in a major newspaper in the United States. The structure of work is clear and corresponds to points that must contain a work that brings research results.

The development of the theoretical framework reflects a thorough review of the main authors who approach the subject from the perspective chosen by the author; the bibliographic sources are relevant and current, the methodology from which the research was done is clearly explained and how they present the results and the discussion of them allow the reader to have a clear idea of the image about the country and the transition in power the newspaper presents. The drafting of the paper is correct and meets the formal aspects of the text.

For the abovementioned contributions, we recommend the publication of this article.– Blanca Chong, Ph. D. - Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico.

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