Examining the practices that Mexican journalists employ to reduce risk in a context of violence

Sallie Hughes, Mireya Márquez-Ramírez

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

12 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Research on journalists working in contexts of risk has examined either war correspondents on temporary assignments or the psychological effects of covering traumatic events, usually after the events have ended. Although these studies are important, they fail to account for the growing importance of ongoing violence in insecure democracies and its possible consequences for national journalistic practice. We address these issues by examining journalists' risk-reduction practices in Mexico, including self-censorship, following company censorship policies, curtailing street reporting, and concealing sensitive information. Using logistic regressions, we tested occupational, organizational, normative, and contextual conditions as predictors of engagement in these practices. Findings reveal the pervasiveness of risk-reduction practices in Mexico and the complexity of conditions prompting their use, including conditions related to antipress violence, dangerous newsbeats, and the economic insecurity of media firms but also voicing greater support for assertive professional norms. The research sets a baseline for future comparative research that includes greater attention to subnational conditions, dangerous newsbeats, and how violence and uneven state capacity may undermine the economic conditions of media firms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-521
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Volume11
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Fingerprint

journalist
violence
censorship
Economics
Mexico
firm
Logistics
event
comparative research
economics
logistics
democracy
regression
Violence
Industry

Keywords

  • Insecure democracies
  • Journalism practice
  • Mexico
  • Risk
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

Cite this

Examining the practices that Mexican journalists employ to reduce risk in a context of violence. / Hughes, Sallie; Márquez-Ramírez, Mireya.

In: International Journal of Communication, Vol. 11, 01.01.2017, p. 499-521.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{d0c1756b0379415ba697e57ca57aa9bb,
title = "Examining the practices that Mexican journalists employ to reduce risk in a context of violence",
abstract = "Research on journalists working in contexts of risk has examined either war correspondents on temporary assignments or the psychological effects of covering traumatic events, usually after the events have ended. Although these studies are important, they fail to account for the growing importance of ongoing violence in insecure democracies and its possible consequences for national journalistic practice. We address these issues by examining journalists' risk-reduction practices in Mexico, including self-censorship, following company censorship policies, curtailing street reporting, and concealing sensitive information. Using logistic regressions, we tested occupational, organizational, normative, and contextual conditions as predictors of engagement in these practices. Findings reveal the pervasiveness of risk-reduction practices in Mexico and the complexity of conditions prompting their use, including conditions related to antipress violence, dangerous newsbeats, and the economic insecurity of media firms but also voicing greater support for assertive professional norms. The research sets a baseline for future comparative research that includes greater attention to subnational conditions, dangerous newsbeats, and how violence and uneven state capacity may undermine the economic conditions of media firms.",
keywords = "Insecure democracies, Journalism practice, Mexico, Risk, Violence",
author = "Sallie Hughes and Mireya M{\'a}rquez-Ram{\'i}rez",
year = "2017",
month = "1",
day = "1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "11",
pages = "499--521",
journal = "International Journal of Communication",
issn = "1932-8036",
publisher = "USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Examining the practices that Mexican journalists employ to reduce risk in a context of violence

AU - Hughes, Sallie

AU - Márquez-Ramírez, Mireya

PY - 2017/1/1

Y1 - 2017/1/1

N2 - Research on journalists working in contexts of risk has examined either war correspondents on temporary assignments or the psychological effects of covering traumatic events, usually after the events have ended. Although these studies are important, they fail to account for the growing importance of ongoing violence in insecure democracies and its possible consequences for national journalistic practice. We address these issues by examining journalists' risk-reduction practices in Mexico, including self-censorship, following company censorship policies, curtailing street reporting, and concealing sensitive information. Using logistic regressions, we tested occupational, organizational, normative, and contextual conditions as predictors of engagement in these practices. Findings reveal the pervasiveness of risk-reduction practices in Mexico and the complexity of conditions prompting their use, including conditions related to antipress violence, dangerous newsbeats, and the economic insecurity of media firms but also voicing greater support for assertive professional norms. The research sets a baseline for future comparative research that includes greater attention to subnational conditions, dangerous newsbeats, and how violence and uneven state capacity may undermine the economic conditions of media firms.

AB - Research on journalists working in contexts of risk has examined either war correspondents on temporary assignments or the psychological effects of covering traumatic events, usually after the events have ended. Although these studies are important, they fail to account for the growing importance of ongoing violence in insecure democracies and its possible consequences for national journalistic practice. We address these issues by examining journalists' risk-reduction practices in Mexico, including self-censorship, following company censorship policies, curtailing street reporting, and concealing sensitive information. Using logistic regressions, we tested occupational, organizational, normative, and contextual conditions as predictors of engagement in these practices. Findings reveal the pervasiveness of risk-reduction practices in Mexico and the complexity of conditions prompting their use, including conditions related to antipress violence, dangerous newsbeats, and the economic insecurity of media firms but also voicing greater support for assertive professional norms. The research sets a baseline for future comparative research that includes greater attention to subnational conditions, dangerous newsbeats, and how violence and uneven state capacity may undermine the economic conditions of media firms.

KW - Insecure democracies

KW - Journalism practice

KW - Mexico

KW - Risk

KW - Violence

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85045869010&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85045869010&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85045869010

VL - 11

SP - 499

EP - 521

JO - International Journal of Communication

JF - International Journal of Communication

SN - 1932-8036

ER -