August 18, 2011: Correo

17 Jan

Today’s Headline: Playing With Photos
For this Thursday, the headline in today’s edition of Correro reads Sendero toma Choquequirao which translates to Sendero takes Choquequirao.

The “Sendero” in question is shorthand for Sendero Luminoso (SL), the terrorist group known in the United States as Shining Path. The article relates the story of how members of the SL assaulted a group of tourists at the ruins of Choquequirao on August 13.

What I take away from this cover story is not the attack itself, but the picture the paper used on the front of its periodical. The photo shows a hooded individual in black looming over tourists wandering through a ruin. At first, I thought it was an amazing well-timed shot capturing bad guys threatening non-locals, but when I looked at the photo credit, it said, “Fotomontaje”, which I would roughly translate as “photomontage”.

As this is the second fotomontanje I have seen Correro use this week, I guess it’s not that uncommon for this paper to be creative on its front page with its visuals.

This practice is not so common in the United States because when it is used, they usually wind up in trouble, such as when TIME magazine darkened the mug shot of O.J. Simpson for its cover.

Giving credit where credit is due (and here I am speaking of the credits), the paper does state in the credits that the image is a fotomontaje.

One Head is Better Than Two
Like other newspapers that I have read here in peru, Correo also has a “Question of the Day” feature. Today’s La Pregunta de hoy asked readers if they agreed with the proposal put forward by Gana Peru, the political caucus that the President belongs to, to reestablish the Peruvian Congress as a bicameral legislature.

Just a reminder that this is not a scientific poll, but seventy-one percent of the respondents said no, showing their preference for the current status of a unicameral legislative branch.

In this sense, and in only this sense, Peru is like Nebraska.

Like I Never Left Home
Page 9 has a story about the department store Ripley having its branch in Jockey Plaza closed down due to not having a valid certificate of civil defense, a necessary document to show that the store can handle itself in an emergency. I did not know that a business in this country needed such documentation and that its absence could cause the doors to be shuttered.

Ripley was also in the news in today’s paper for a full-page advertisement it bought on page 5. The company was in the midst of a labor negotiations with its staff and the business took the time (and newsprint) to let the readers know what a fair-minded establishment it was.

This strategy of a company buying ad space in a newspaper to make a point reminded me of home in northern Virginia where I used to subscribe to The Washington Post. Without fail, every other day saw an ad (and if the Post was really lucky, it was a two-page advert) from some company (usually a defense contractor) asking the reader to call their Congressman and let them know that House Bill #0336 was worth supporting or that their X-908 fighter engine was vital to the economy.

Ah, reminds me of being inside the Beltway.

We’re Number One…Oh, Wait!
Barometro de las Americas 2010 issued the results of a survey among participants of twenty-five countries of this continent and asked them how they felt about the feelings of security or lack thereof.

Peru led the pack in feelings of insecurity with 55.8% of the folk saying they lived in an insecure climate. The runner-ups were Argentina (52%), El Salvador (49.7%), and Venezuela (49.2%).

It cannot go without notice that the person who brought this factoid to the attention of the media was Juan Carlos Eguren, a congressman from the Alianza por el Gran Camibo caucus, a caucus that does not usually see eye-to-eye with Gana Peru.

I love how even a small article on page 9 talking about people’s attitude is political in its origin.

Ah, reminds me of being inside the Beltway.

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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Correo, Newspaper, Peru


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