Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010


The article deals with a highly relevant topic in journalism research: the analysis of the professional practices based on the case study of the coverage of an exceptional event (the Spanair crash of August 2008).

The article focuses on examining the investigative journalism, but does not renounce to a broader and comprehensive approach, analysing in depth all the media system in the construction of the event. The methodology used is appropriate.

Among the strongest points of the article is the analysis of informative noises that hinder the journalistic reconstruction of the events and determine the non-journalistic interests that are at stake and condition the news coverage of the event. In this sense, the article demonstrates clearly the differences across the Spanish media at the moment of reporting the causes of the accident. The bibliography is extensive and complete.

The conclusions are clear, relevant and interesting. We recommend the publication of the article because it presents rigorous research that highlights some of the problems that affect the practice of journalism and news-making in Spain.– Andreu Casero Ripollés, Ph.D. Full Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences. Universitat Jaume I de Castelló.

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The article analyses the media coverage of the crash of Spanair’s flight 5022 and the structural constraints of the Spanish journalism. The author examines the treatment of this event in the media -press, radio and television- in order to denounce the general shortcomings in the exercise of journalism in Spain.

The author’s vision of investigative journalism and communication in times of crisis are interesting.

The deficiencies the author denounces are well justified. The conclusions, which are based on a well-defined methodology, are presented in relation to the informative guidelines followed by the media in major disasters.

The use of quantitative and qualitative techniques reflects the rigorous character of the research. Therefore, the article is recommended for publication. – Miguel Ángel Moncholi-Chaparro, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid and Professor at the University Camilo José Cela.

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