Working conditions of journalists in Peru

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In the context of a need for comparative studies on Media and Communication (Waisbord, 2009; Boczkowski y Mitchelstein, 2019), the research field has internationalized institutionally as well as disciplinary. However, there is also a need to have a north conceptually and theoretically due to universalism that generates non-sensitive measurements with local particularities (Hanitzsch et al., 2019; Gurevitch y Blumler, 2004; Norris, 2009).

Something that characterizes Latin America's Mass Media is its oligopoly system, with a strong tendency to ownership concentration (Waisbord, 2009; Becerra y Mastrini, 2017; 2009; 2006). Thus, some contents are more eligible than others, generating incentives for advertising investments and privileging big cities over smaller cities (Waisbord 2009; Protzel, 2014).

Peru is no stranger to the regional trend. The main Medias absorbs all the publicity to its capital putting regional Media at a disadvantage (Ojo Público, 2017; Open Society Foundations, 2010; Lovatón, 2016). Although some regional media based on the coastal area have advantages over those in urban centers in the interior of the country.

Among all the financial and health troubles that the COVID situation brought, it also strikes job insecurity. Medias started to dismiss journalists, reduce their salaries, and let them die to the Pandemic situation. Journalists were working under low conditions of health (Fowks, 2020 y Collyns, 2020), lacking protocols and putting their lives in danger.
Effective start/end date1/04/2131/03/22


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