Tightening the knots of the international drugs trade: Possibilities and challenges for news media to acquire social capital through in-depth reporting. Possibilities and challenges for news media to acquire social capital through in-depth reporting

Alice Baroni, Andrea Mayr

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Abstract

Much academic analysis of media representations of drugs-related violence in Brazil has focused on their role in perpetuating violence and societal divisions. There is less research on how the country’s traditional news media can shape information in order to foster dialogue between people and potentially resolve conflict. This article aims to address this gap by exploring the possibilities and challenges for printed news media to acquire “mediated” social capital. The concept is understood here as a specific resource of power that has the potential to connect people from diverse social,
cultural and economic backgrounds. In order to do so, we analyse how a popular Rio newspaper has used its symbolic power to produce social capital with an investigative series about Brazil’s involvement in the international drugs trade. It is argued here that the series paints a complex picture of its causes and consequences and is an important step towards a deliberative processabout possible solutions to drugs-related violence in Rio and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236 -250
Number of pages15
JournalJournalism Practice
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Brazil
  • favelas
  • transnational journalism

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