Communication as Development: The Power of the Press in Nicaraguan Social Change & Nicaraguan Exchanges, 2002

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Journalists have played an important role in the last thirty years of Nicaraguan history. When the story has broken, they have been there to write the changes down. In one sense there is no news until the story is published. But the role of the journalist in Nicaragua is more than just a witness. To document a war is to be near the front line, and to be an editor in a civil war is to present politics to the people. The Nicaraguan civil war was possibly the most internationally analyzed war fought in Latin America, and Sandinista leaders Tomas Borge and Ernesto Cardenal considered mass communication a main forum for public education. Also many Marxist and leftist intellectuals world wide during the 1970's and 1980's theorized about mass communication and class.

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