26 November, 2022

For a Background Journalism: interpretation more than information

photo VD: Milagro Orellana.

By José Eduardo Cubías Colorado

From Informative Journalism to Interpretive Journalism, a leap in quality in the exercise of this profession.

The difference is established by the Interpretive Reporting, the most complete of journalistic prose, by its four elements: report, guide, educate and entertain. It has a powerful influence in the formation and orientation of Public Opinion.

photo VD: Milagro Orellana.

The Interpretive Report delves into the topic addressed, similar to a social research with academic height, in such a way that it requires specialized studies, because it is not so easy to write without the rigor of this very journalistic technique.

International news agencies and large-circulation dailies are in great demand for this genre. (interpretative), his correspondents estimate it that way. ..I have academic experiences of this.

photo VD: Milagro Orellana.

as subject, "Interpretative Reporting" was introduced in the curriculum of the study plan of the degree in Journalism, at the University of El Salvador, in 1970, with the name of “Feature”, such as at the University of Missouri (USA). 

Personally, I am pleased to have given this chair, in the 80s and 90s., of the last century to various classes of students, who were trained as good journalists at the University of El Salvador.