Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010


One of the main values of this research is that it analyses the concept of objectivity from a perspective that allows us to understand the factors that influence journalists’ professional daily work. At the same time, being a comparative research between the news-making processes in two different countries, the study reflects the different working practices and routines in each country, which enriches the results.

It is a rigorous and well founded research study with an adequate methodology and objectives. The conclusions are enriching and offer information that facilitate the understanding of the factors on which the Swiss and Spanish journalists depend. For all of this, I recommend the publication of this article.– Xosé Soengas, Ph.D. – Senior Lecturer of Audiovisua Communication – University of Santiago de Compostela.

Reports on the article:

The article fundamentally starts out from the point of view of the sources and examines the application of the concept of objectivity within printed political journalism. The hypotheses are confirmed with the substantial results obtained from the comparative analysis of the varying levels of appreciation of the theoretical concepts of interventionism, power distance and market orientation within the institutional roles of journalists.
The qualitative study shows the different ways in which the Swiss and Spanish journalists conceive the concept of objectivity. The study is based on personal interviews with news professionals from El Mundo and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. The application of Hanitzsch’s dimensions of analysis and Weischenberg’s model is especially adequate as theoretical framework for the empirical application of the analysis. For all of this, I recommend the publication of the article in the RLCS.– Carmen Marta, Ph.D. – University of Zaragoza.

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