Blog | Forum Addresses Media Stereotypes, Politicized Reporting in Latin America

Misunderstandings and tensions between Andean countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela) and the United States are common, and often reinforced or made worse by charged, politicized reporting in media stories related to these countries.

To address this problem, the Carter Center-sponsored Andean-U.S. Dialogue Forum created a working group of media professionals to promote a deeper understanding of the role of the media in inter-country relations.

“These meetings have brought together journalists and media professionals with very different perspectives,” said Dr. Jennifer McCoy, director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program, “We’ve had enriching debates and developed an awareness of the need for improved media coverage.”

The working group provides an informal space for media professionals to share specific challenges they face in their own countries, analyze media coverage, and discuss ways to advance professional reporting practices.

Members from Colombia, Venezuela, and the United States met in June 2011 at The Carter Center for their fourth meeting. Hear from participants about the group’s impact.

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