Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010

Reports:

The article raises a very interesting topic that is addressed with a great scientific rigour and an appropriate methodology. At all moments the article highlights the difference between what happens in reality and what the media presents. In addition, it highlights the importance of the process of information production to maintain the integrity of the events. The author encourages the reflection on the compatibility between the media industry and the information free from personal or corporate interests: it is important to understand to what extent the agenda setting is governed exclusively by the public interest.

The research shows that there are strategies that aim to reinforce the credibility of the public discourse and how this discourse becomes hegemonic. The findings demonstrate that the information values are transformed into social values, which highlights the responsibility of the media. Thus I recommend the publication of the article because it meets the requirements to be included in a scientific journal.-- Xosé Soengas, Ph.D. - Professor of Audiovisual Communication - University of Santiago de Compostela.

Reports on the article:

This article is dedicated to the examination of the struggle of the media discourses to achieve hegemony in the public opinion and to make audiences believe these discourses are truthful. Based on the analysis of 4,176 carefully selected press articles the study examines the self-referential discourses of the most influential Spanish newspapers.
The study uses this sample to develop an x-ray of the microcosm of communication in the media themselves and their incessant competence to win social legitimation.

The study of the values that transcend the press stories and the use of different resources to reinforce audiences’ confidence in the published discourse are some of the strengths of this original research that delves into the so-called virtue epistemology to unravel some of its secrets. The research argues that “the press news talk about what is being said especially about what is said or what happens, more than talking about what is happening”. Based on assertions like the previous one, which are solidly supported by empirical research, the author(s) reflects and proposes new challenges for communication theory in the field of social interaction, the historical happening and its social relations.-- Fermín Galindo, Ph.D. - University of Santiago de Compostela.

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