Brazilians rate the performance of their press low, in terms of “honest and accuracy,” according to the BBC-Synovate survey in question. They rate the relative priority of press freedom and social stability about the same, with a slight edge to the latter. Brazil is among those countries where respondents tended to find their news media lacking in accuracy and impartiality due to the undue influence of special interest groups on news reporting.
The two principal requirements for working in a significant number of Brazilian newsrooms currently are: (1) The physical stamina needed to produce various articles per day; and (2) blind obedience, and a willingness to accept informal, illegal, and substandard working conditions. —“Why It Sucks to Be a Brazilian Journalist”
The Brazilian journalist does not feel free to write. More than just having to follow the editorial line of the publications they work for, the complaints principally have to do with coercion by political or business groups. –“A Profile of the Brazilian Journalist”
AdNews (Brazil), via Projeto Brasil: Musical chairs in the executive suite at the Editora Abril, Brazil’s largest magazine publisher, I believe it is, by number of titles and circulation.
Notable: A stated commitment — eventually — to “the separation of Church and State” (editorial and the business side.)
The publishing house with ambitions to grow into a multimedia group (it has a cable TV joint venture with Telefónica and sold a 30% stake to South Africa’s Naspers, who reportedly bring Internet expertise (and Afrikaans) to the table) recently rolled out a new corporate code of conduct. See
- Editora Abril: Self-Regulating The Lords of Misrule?
- The Abril Pledge: “Information, Education, Culture and Entertainment with Excellence® and Impartiality®”
I was recently talking to a former Abril employee about the dimensions of the jabaculê (payola) problem there. Extremely colorful, but too anecdotal to mean much or warrant an interview. Besides, the former Abril employee is a penitent Magdalen, and ashamed of his or her misspent youth.
The new Abril code of conduct reportedly limits the value of gifts to employees, including journalists, to R$100.
Standard limit on gifts to journalists at other world-class news organizations: R$0, or, at today’s exchange rates, let’s see here, divide by about 1.68: US$0
A Abril divulgou nota na qual comunica mudanças na presidência da Editora. A partir de janeiro de 2009, Jairo Mendes Leal assumirá o cargo de presidente, enquanto Roberto Civita passará a se dedicar exclusivamente às funções de presidente do Conselho de Administração e Editor. Jairo responderá ao presidente do Grupo Abril, Giancarlo Civita. A função da VP Executiva é extinta. Até o próximo ano, Jairo atuará como vice-Presidente executivo e lidera, juntamente com Roberto Civita, a implementação do novo desenho organizacional, cujo principal objetivo é unificar e integrar suas áreas. Roberto Civita e Giancarlo Civita (Presidente Executivo do Grupo Abril), anunciaram a indicação de Mauro Calliari para ocupar o cargo de Vice-Presidente de Planejamento Estratégico e Novos Negócios do Grupo Abril.
Abril has published a press release communicating changes in the executive suite. Starting in January 2009, Jairo Mendes Leal will take over as president, while Roberto Civita will devote himself exclusive to his duties as Chairman of the Board and editor. Jairo will report to the president of the Abril Group, Giancarlo Civita. The role of executive VP will be eliminated. Until next year, Jairo will continue in his post as Executive VP and will collaborate with Roberto Civita on a reorganization of the company that aims at unifying and integrating its various divisions. Roberto and Giancarlo announced that Mauro Calliari has been hired as VP of strategy planning and new business at the Abril Group.