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Januar 2020

Challenges of Watch Dog Journalism in Mexico

Verónica Sánchez, PhD candidate at the Institute of Communications and Journalism Studies at Universität Hamburg, will give the presentation "Challenges of Watch Dog Journalism in Mexico" at our lecture series "Leibniz Media Lunch Talks”. A short introduction will be given by Johanna Sebauer.

We meet at 12:30 in the seminar room on the 3. floor of the HBI. Please bring your own lunch.

About the Presentation

Unlike in Western democracies, watchdog journalism was not common in many newsrooms in Mexico during the 20th century. Although there were some alternative outlets in the 1970s, they only began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, at the same time as the democratisation of the Mexican politics took place. In her talk, Verónica Sànchez will present some of the challenges that this form of journalism faces in the digital age as well as the organizations that want to produce it, mainly problems of funding and digital giants (intermediaries).
Based on interviews with news professionals with a watchdog journalism mindset that she conducted for her research, she will present an image of the current state of journalism as well as some of the perspectives of news professionals for the future.

About the Person

Verónica Sánchez is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Communications and Journalism Studies at Universität Hamburg. She holds the Erasmus Mundus Masters Degree in Journalism, Media and Globalization from Aarhus University and Universität Hamburg. Prior to this, she worked as a national reporter at Reforma Newspaper in Mexico City, one of the pioneering news organizations with democratic values in Mexico.
She has taught specialized journalism at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. 
Her research is about the watchdog journalism field in Mexico in the digital age and the challenges and threats for its survival.

Leibniz Media Lunch Talks

The Leibniz Media Lunch Talks are an informal atmosphere where researchers present current topics and interim results from their research or doctoral projects. You are welcome to bring your own lunch and enjoy it during the talk.


If you would like to participate, please let us know by sending us a short email.

Infos zur Veranstaltung


Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut
Seminarraum 3. OG
Rothenbaumchausse 36
20148 Hamburg

Contact person

Johanna Sebauer, M.A.
Science Communication

Johanna Sebauer, M.A.

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung │ Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg
Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 50
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17 77

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