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Depth, the urgent word

Gloria Machado León 4 abril, 2018
To reveal to the world something that interests him deeply and which until then he did not know, to show him that he has been deceived in some vital point for his temporal or spiritual interests, is the greatest service that a human being can render to his fellowmen. «

          John Stuart Mill

If the journalist and writer Gabriel García Márquez considers the report as the best told story, it is not surprising that professionals of the word give similar qualification to the communicative proposals derived from investigative journalism, by estimating them as stories that could be optimally billed.

It is no coincidence then that the mass media bet on the exercise of a truth-free journalism, regardless of the distance between the line that separates the surface from the deep.

Search in the exact sense of the term what hide the phenomena, classified as an emergency as vital as the need to drink water.

Since ancient times, humanity has glimpsed the advantages of research. Writing the stories from the bone and not from the flesh summarizes the vision of a journalist like José Martí, the exalted Cuban thinker who in the 19th century invited us to look beyond the seemingly visible. Since then to this part, with its lights and shadows, research has occupied space in the media agenda.

In an event like the IX Congress of the Union of Journalists of Cuba (UPEC), in July 2013, the first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, called for the practice of journalism expression of the culture, of the debate, that offers paths to knowledge, analysis and the exercise of opinion and criticism, demanding -both from the press and the sources of information- the fulfillment of their responsibilities and capable of providing arguments.

How to promote debate and analysis? How to argue and reflect society’s problems? Investigative journalism offers ways to answer these questions, because, in the words of Robert Greene, «is the reporting that takes place through the initiative and the work of the journalist, on matters of importance that some people or organizations wish to keep secret «

To practice or not investigative journalism, to fulfill or not the function of constructors of the social reality, that will be election of the media of mass communication. However, what they can not ignore is a resounding fact: «Investigative journalism enriches the cognitive framework with themes and brings greater quality to communication.»

In a situation in which Cuba updates its economic model, such strategic transformation supposes a marked influence on the ways of acting and thinking about journalism.

This was stated by the president of the Councils of State and Ministers Raul Castro Ruz (2012), precisely at the close of the National Conference of the Communist Party of Cuba, when he urged the media to promote greater democracy in society, with proposals truthful and objective.

In total agreement with the journalist Darío L. Machado Rodríguez, the companies demand a deep journalism, with the sagacity to inform, interpret and denounce. This would be equivalent to a non-conformist, analytical, critical journalist that does not leave empty areas in the matters that it handles, that satisfies the information needs of the public.

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