Running a Successful Newspaper Amidst High Violence: The Case of Mexican Weekly Río Doce

By: Rodrigo Bonilla | WAN-IFRA

Weekly newspaper Río Doce is a rare success story of independent journalism in one of the world’s most dangerous regions for media professionals. Based in the city of Culiacán, capital of the north western state of Sinaloa, in Mexico, the publication received the 2011 edition of the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, awarded by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, in recognition for the most outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean. WAN-IFRA interviewed Mr. Ismael Bojorquez Perea, one of the founders and current director of Río Doce.

Mexican independent weekly newspaper Río Doce was founded in 2003 by a group of five journalists who jointly quit their jobs at a larger regional daily, Noroeste, seeking a more independent editorial line. With a 6,500 weekly circulation, Río Doce is a rare success story of independent journalism in one of the world’s most dangerous regions for media professionals.

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