The challenge of being journalist in Argentina

Demonstration in Buenos Aires City.

The history of Argentina is very related with migration. The founders of the nation arrived in boats, mainly from Europe. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a large wave of migration made the Argentinian economy one of the most important in the world. However, I do not belong to that country and that kind of society.

I was born in a moment of crisis that — with different shades — has lasted until today. This long period provided us with a dreamy view of the world and relations with other countries. Many of our people do not know a lot about the current Syrian migration crisis. Most of the issues are analyzed by the Media with low depth. The framing causes our priorities to continue being in the Argentinian situation.

As another result of the crisis, politics are a very debated topic in social meetings. I am the youngest of eight siblings and since I was very young, I have always been surrounded with that kind of conversations. That is one of the reasons that I became very interested in journalism.

I know that many characteristics that define me are part of the legacy of Argentina’s moment. I am suspicious, I want to know the truth and suspect the power. The Argentinian journalism in some cases has some of this characteristics, but it is a challenge to relate to the Syrian migration and the associated global problems. There is a problem with business and Media that affects the credibility of the news in Argentina, which and is another interesting point to examine within the profession of Journalism.

This personal narrative was written at the 2016 Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. It exists as part of a digital publication called MOVE which aims to educate readers on the social, political, and cultural impacts of global migration. All stories published in MOVE were created at the 2016 Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change by students and faculty from around the world.