martes, enero 13, 2015

Power, politics and journalism in Puerto Rico, first of two articles

Power, politics and journalism in Puerto Rico (I)

Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero


The Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (USC) campus in Santurce, Puerto Rico is a place where the paths of power, politics and journalism converge. One can learn an awful lot about Puerto Rican reality and about why the country is the way that it is just by keeping one’s eyes wide open in this higher learning institution. This private Catholic university has a close working relationship with the powerful Ferré-Rangel clan that is illustrative of how power is wielded in Puerto Rico. USC’s communications school, from where so many of the island’s journalists, advertisers, and public relations and marketing specialists have graduated, is receiving, starting in 2014, $1 million a year for the next five years from GFR Media, part of the family’s corporate empire. Since accepting this grant the school has been renamed Ferré-Rangel Communication School (1).


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