Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010

Reports on the article: “The Basque Country, an alternative communication laboratory. Compilation of the most interesting experiences from the past 30 years”

The article submitted for my consideration addresses the diachronic study of one of the free radio stations that continues broadcasting in the Basque Country since the 1980s, HBI Hala Bedi Irratia. As a phenomenon of alternative communication, the article analyses the origins, finance sources, and social and cultural proposals of HBI Hala Bedi Irratia. The contextualization work prepared by the author is outstanding as it helps to understand in depth the social and political relevance of free radio in existing democratic societies.

Written in a style that moves away from the academic formalism, the text manages to interest the reader in a subject that is minor in principle, thanks to the provision of testable data and the careful construction of the internal structure of the text.

The methodology used to conduct the research that supports this article is appropriate, but the author failed to present it with the desirable effectiveness. Despite this, and many typographical errors that should be corrected before publication, the article is recommend for publication since it is a clear example of academic work on an object of study that is unusual but, hopefully, can start gaining greater weight in the universe of communication, using the many advantages offered by the digital technology in this regard.– Montse Quesada Pérez, Ph.D. - Professor of Journalism - Pompeu Fabra University, UPF, Barcelona.

This research raises an subject that is part of the communicative reality and so far has not been investigated with the depth it deserves, because the alternative communication plays a very important role in society and, at the same time, serves as a counterweight to the offers made by mainstream media.

The study is rigorous and uses a methodology that is appropriate and adds scientific value to the results that were provided. The samples used facilitate the detailed knowledge of a communicative phenomenon that coexists with other structures that have greater resources and influence. In addition, the complete theoretical framework enables a wide understanding of the reality under analysis.

Therefore, I recommend the article for publication, since its quality meets the requirements of a scientific journal.– Xosé Soengas, Ph.D. – Professor of Audiovisual Communication - University of Santiago de Compostela, USC.

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