Revista Latina

Informes de revisores - 2010

Review reports of article 22_2010 ‘Xenophobic discourse and agenda-setting. A case study in the press of the Canary Islands’

Media are involved in the processing of immigration. Immigration is a complex matter in which social, economical, political and legal factors intervene; hence, the interest of media.

Representation and identity of immigration have been studied from different branches of communication, advertising or audiovisual communication, whereas regarding to press, the interest has been mainly focused on the construction of news stories.

Information, far from being impartial, sometimes provokes certain attitudes. Concerning this case, the article studies the pressure of press on public opinion using subjective expressions that slant information.

The interest of this article lies on its synchronic analysis of news pieces from the newspaper El Día, and their connection with demographic, social, political and legal changes. It is also remarkable the critical study on press. In particular on a journal that tried to control and direct public opinion.– Dr. Esther Martínez Pastor - Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.

This article is worth being published in Revista Latina de Comunicación Social. It proves with a qualitative and quantitative analysis, the power of media to set the political agenda of society and draw political parties and political and social institutions to their ideas.

Using discourse analysis on a particular case -the support given by the newspaper El Día to a demonstration call in favour of a Residence Act to find a solution to the arrival of immigrants- the author shows how the newspaper turns illegal immigration into the main issue of the agenda setting, echoing the most reactionary voices in the archipelago.

Nevertheless, the conclusions of this article point out that most of the population was able to counteract the criminalization of immigrants, defying the power of a newspaper and its social, economical and political influence.– Dr. María José Villa - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

The text describes, by means of double methodology (quantitative and qualitative), the strategy followed by the newspaper El Día to control the media agenda in 2006 and turn immigration to the Canary Islands into central issue, taking into account social and political factors.

The work detected the negative manipulation media might exert and presents a case study that proves that this old phenomenon is still real nowadays.

The study and its conclusions should help current media professionals and also students who will join them in the future to reflect on their work; therefore, its interest is obvious.

The article achieves two objectives, something unusual in scientific articles, so we also recommend its outreach in the university teaching field.

We, therefore, recommend the publication for its great social interest and appropriate structure that presents the power of media, including opportunism and bias, in a clear and exemplifying way.– Dr. Ricardo Vizcaíno-Laorga - Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.

The article is interesting and presents an original study of denunciation of a journal for inciting racism and xenophobia. The author correctly refers to the classical bibliography on agenda setting and framing although s/he opted for discourse analysis.

From the point of view of El Día readers, it would have been more interesting to complement the study with a survey on their opinions and perceptions, this way closing the circle of the effects between media and audiences. This article is worth being published.– Dr. Raquel Rodríguez Díaz - Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.

A very good and organized theoretical basis to discuss the transference of importance from the media agenda to the public agenda.

The methodology is clear, regarding the hemerographic study of the editorial units (news articles, reports, editorials, columns, essays, etc). This allows us to infer the intention of the newspaper to set immigration in the public agenda in collaboration with certain “actors”, ideologically close to the newspaper.

This article achieves its goal: to show how media influence on public agenda, although in this case study, success was not complete. We recommend the publication in Revista Latina de Comunicación Social.– Dr. Elizabeth Renee Mengo - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

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