Video: Chilean journalism school entices potential students
The Journalism School at Universidad Alberto Hurtado has produced this video (in Spanish) to attract potential students for their 2013 class, featuring faculty members, current students, and UAH alumni weighing in with short professional insights on journalism as a career (and as a calling, perhaps?).
So, we picked and transcribed a few of the provided insights. It goes like this:
..lets us to know who really is in charge of the government and what they think.
..is the only way to unveil the truth.
..because knowing the truth is still important, and it is our mission to go out and find it.
..to unmask the powerful, the child molesters, the criminals.
..and give a voice to the victims of any abuse.
..because good journalism is good for the country.
..to tell society what kind of digital info is worth trusting and relying on.
..universities must ensure that high quality journalism prevails.
..and we won’t disappear, because when journalism dies, someone will still be needed to deliver the bad news.
Whether it’s for education reform or ending police brutality, Chileans love to demonstrate. No matter how peaceful a protest begins, the special forces arrive in their armored cars and Ninja Turtle suits, stirring a violent response from the encapuchados, or masked vandals. As the hooded youths throw rocks, the police launch tear gas and target journalists with water cannons, showering them with chemicals. At the end of these weekly showdowns, tattered and beaten teenagers are locked up and a public space is destroyed in the clash between the Carabineros, the impenetrable force of military-trained police left over from the Pinochet era, and their masked opponents.
Photographing the events isn’t illegal in Chile, but evidence of police brutality is still undesirable and action is taken accordingly. Suder managed to save his photographs, one pictured above, by hiding his memory cards in his socks. He concludes:
In a country trying to improve its press freedoms, I had obeyed the law. I had done nothing wrong. I had done nothing illegal. In Chile, you are allowed to take pictures freely in a public space.
I was just being a moral person and a conscientious journalist. If documenting police brutality is enough cause to detain a person, then perhaps the country has not come as far from the dictatorship years as it might have hoped.
Suder also notes that Chile fell 47 spots in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index 2011-2012, an international ranking that measures countries by their treatment of the media.