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Mayo-junio de 2022, vol. 31, núm. 3
Crisis en el espacio público/ Crisis in the public space

Profile of digital slow journalism audiences in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico

Carmen Peñafiel-Saiz; Miren Manias-Muñoz; Itsaso Manias-Muñoz

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Abstract: The aim of this work is to study slow journalism audiences, with a particular interest in Latin America, specifically Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. Five case studies were carried out, covering Anfibia (Argentina), Arcadia (Colombia), Gatopardo (Mexico), La silla vacía (Colombia), and Letras libres (Mexico), along with a Delphi study (double round with 27 participants) and a structured questionnaire (of 1,500 people between the ages of 18 and 65 years). The results indicate that 75% of the surveyed population obtain their information from all kinds of digital media, among whom 84% use social media for this purpose. Slow journalism is still mainly unknown to a large fraction (17%) of the population, although once given its definition and some named examples, 40% of those surveyed claimed to have read the slow press at some time. Quality is the main reason for its consumption (62%), followed by searching for specific subjects (46%), especially for young people (65%) and in Colombia (52%). Experts in slow journalism agree that the key to consolidating an audience involves listening to and interacting with its members, together with their active participation in the media.

Keywords: Audience studies; Digital audience; Journalism; Slow journalism; Digital journalism; Digital media; Printed media; Digital press; Slow reader; Anfibia; Arcadia; Gatopardo; La silla vacía; Letras libres; Latin America.