Covering the Recall for a Spanish-Speaking Audience

Moreno, Pilar
December 2003
Nieman Reports;Winter2003, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p64
The article reflects on how often journalists relied on other journalists to report on what Latin Americans thought about the 2003 California governor recall election, instead of reporting the story themselves. From the beginning, minority communities in the state, which by now are the majority of the state's population, were not part of the movement toward the governors recall election. The decisions involved in the recall of Governor Gray Davis emerged from a small but dedicated group of conservative activists. Voter revolts have not come from the less affluent and expanding minority communities where economic downturns mean loss of jobs, cuts in pay, closure of neighborhood health clinics and anti-immigrant initiatives. They arise out of the anger of the mostly white middle class. To help bring the community in tune with the developing political dynamic with the developing political dynamic Spanish newspaper "La Opinión invited people to pose questions to candidates, which were used in reporting on particular issues. The related topics of immigration and demographic changes find their way to the fore of nearly every political debate and the recall election proved to be no different.


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