In the conference 'Challenges and Risks of Digital Journalism', the Colombian journalist, Maria Elvira Bonilla, creator of the internet portal 'Las 2 Orillas', warned that the existence of citizens active with information are a challenge to journalists, because they are their competitors. This requires communicators a mayor compromise and to be more alert in order to guarantee truthful information.
Formal journalists are no longer the ones who decide what is going to be published and what is or is not a news. Now citizens can inform and do not have to ask someone for permission to report a situation to the public audience.
Bonilla clarified that democratization of information that allows a citizen with new technologies to make public complaints, cannot be called journalism, but 'citizen shouting', that journalists have to later complement and deepen. "We cannot be blind to this, the complementary agenda is determined by citizens and we are facing a new form of journalism that demands greater accuracy."
In terms of the impact and importance of digital media, the journalist indicated that the great strength of digital journalism is that it doesn't require money, it needs a little tool that may vary in types, from a blog up to a great portal. She added that it is only needed a minimum of resources for the technologic tool that turns into an information vehicle, but most importantly talent is needed, and being assertive meeting with the need of people for information.
"New generations of journalists have a wide range of possibilities in the digital world. There is a world of information to tell about and journalists must open their ears to citizens that need to tell about their reality."
In the dialogue with Anuar Saad, Director of the Social Communication and Journalism program, the speaker highlighted that in terms of social networks, all the information that citizens have, proofs communication media and journalists about a real country that demands attention. She also explained that the alliance of professional journalists with citizens must consolidate and be secure because it can produce an impressive world power.
"I firmly believe that the great revolution of digital is the Word: sharing, this variable is absolutely transcendental. That sharing option indicates that not only the person is in front of the text, but has the opportunity of sharing and giving an opinion. This makes that the passive reading of the printed press dies."
María Elvira Bonilla is the director of the portal 'Las 2 Orillas', she studied Philosophy in Andes University, and Literature in New York. She started her journalist career in 'Semana' magazine and has been director of magazines: 'Cambio 16', 'Cromos' and 'El Espectador' newspaper. She was also sub-director of 'Noticiero Nacional' and 'Noticias RCN'.
As its tradition each year, the VII International Communications Week becomes the epicenter of the discussion on the new trends of modern journalism. This is a space for reflection that the 'Universidad Autónoma del Caribe' opened to the future communication professionals to review and analyze the challenges and demands of the modern world that imposes rapid pace and democratization of information.
Dr. Laura Bonitto, a former professor at UAC, is appointed as the Dean of Academics. The decision is made to affirm the commitment of our team to the institution's vision by promoting excellence in students' educational journeys.
Our Universidad Autónoma del Caribe, Barranquilla- Colombia, continues reaffirming its compromise in processes that promote the construction of peace and respect for human rights. In this opportunity we signed an agreement with the Legal Clinic of the law faculty of the Michigan University (USA), through the Center for Advanced Studies on Peace and Legal Clinic of our law program.
The agreement, which will last five years, took place in the framework of the academic cooperation between UAC and the Global Network of Legal Clinics That Fight Human Trafficking and Slavery (Clinnect), led by the University of Michigan, and which is integrated by other institutions of higher education in Europe, Australia, Africa and America. Before the official signing of the agreement, there were exchange of experiences and information useful for academic training about how to fight this matter. Participation in the Clinnect Global conference.
The UAC internationalization team participated as panelists in the 'Global Conference on Legal Clinics That Fight Human Trafficking and Slavery'. They were also invited to the law faculty of Michigan University to share their work experiences in the panels "Overview of Law School Clinics", "Victim Centered Advocacy" and "A Window inside the Classroom".
In these spaces it was described how the 'Universidad Autónoma del Caribe' has been addressing people trafficking matters from the legal point of view, and the work of theoretical and practical training with law students that are doing their internship in the Legal Clinic. This in order to strengthen their skills to provide legal assistance to trafficking and the armed conflict victims.
This internationalization experience figure as a sign of the evolution of two of the academic interests in our new roadmap:
1. The introduction and demonstration of work in international networks such as Clinnect, led by the Michigan University.
2. The participation of members of our academic community as international panelists, making visible the work that is being developed in the framework of the fight against human trafficking.
Some of the colleges that were present in Michigan were Boston University, University of Southern California, 'Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México' Michigan University, 'Universidad de Bucaramanga', Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), Catholic University of Australia (Melbourne headquarters), University of Lund (Sweden), University of Tilburg (Netherlands), and University of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
Students from Barranquilla in SGM- Miami
13 students and 2 teachers are currently in our UAC School of Global Management, headquarter of 'Universidad Autónoma del Caribe' in the United States, participating in the organizational communication academic mission- Miami 2015. Led by the teachers María Silvina Sosa and Grace Stevenson, with the principal topic of organizational communication in global markets.
The Schedule of the first day of class started with the group of students being received by the SGM team, Iveth Dávila, Director, Jairo Cruz, Admissions Director; and accompanied by a welcome speech by our Rector Ramsés Vargas. Followed by the first business visit with Mr. Luigi Boria. City of Doral Mayor.
The participants include 4 graduates of the Journalism Program, 9 active students and a RTV student.
Without doubting, the Cuban journalist, Carlos Alberto Montaner says that the system that Cuba wants to implement does not work and is totally unproductive, because it is a socialism without subsidy and capitalism without incentive, intended to end what has been done for 50 years in his country.
"In Cuba there is no possibility of saving money, the self-employed can develop small service companies, but cannot become powerful people, make money, and capitalize, because the purpose of government is not creating a capitalist system or a market economy, but to eliminate a million and a half workers that they have to pay every month to incorporate them into a private system that is unable to sustain them, because that private sector cannot generate industry."
Montaner wonders what will happen with Cuba when Fidel and Raul Castro die, and therefore is skeptical about the future of the island after the restoration of relations with the United States and the production system to be implemented.
Regarding socialism of XXI century in Latin America, Montaner said that "it will fail in the mid-term and will implode, as evidenced by the crisis in Ecuador, the lack of resources in Venezuela, resistance in Bolivia to Evo Morales's reelection and finally, an hegemonic party in Nicaragua with a large economic control over a population that is satisfied enough to not condemn dictatorships ".
Carlos Alberto Montaner dedicated the first part of his speech in the discussion 'The New Political Map of the World' to lead the audience on a tour of this map since the era of socialism in Russia up to now.
Assures that the new world political map has three actors or three forces from economically and militarily point of view:
1. United States, which he considers, is in a very strong isolationist process with an interventionist concept by assuming that this nation has a role to play in the rest of world. He notes that since President Clinton the country is leaning more towards isolationism.
2. China, which he describes as an important factor by the size of its economy, similar to the US, and due to how Chinese have called something like a path/road, convinced that they must play an important role in the world, but over a basis of a influence that he considered soft, setting as an example, the intention of building a canal in Nicaragua, and the purchasing of 300 kilometers in Iceland to establish a civic base.
3. Russia: Having in mind that Putin is to Montaner, the last tsar and who is not a Communist who wants to restore this trend in Russia but to prove his greatness measured by the number or size of adjacent territory he can conquer
The philosopher, writer and semiotician, Armando Silva, expert on the subject of urban imaginaries, was part of the second day of the forum 'Pensando el Siglo XXI' (Thinking of XXI Century), in the discussion 'Imaginarios culturales y nuevas narrativas urbanas' (Cultural imagery and new urban narratives), sharing space with the journalist Juanita León to analyze and discuss about the imaginaries that Colombian´s have in the contemporary society.
Silva was very emphatic in stating that the imaginary of contemporary society is dominated by feelings and said that "fear is a construction of an imaginary that is taking over the Colombians."
The discussion, moderated by Harold Ballesteros, professor of the 'Universidad Autónoma del Caribe' also mentioned the current reality of symbology, where a particular situation is taking place because "society is living under an imaginary of security, which in many cases is different from the reality of life, "said Armando Silva.
At the end of the discussion, the invited lecturers were able to conclude that peace in Colombia produces a collective imaginary of fear. The task of mass media, writers, philosophers and experts on the subject is to deactivate fears generated by the achievement of peace in the collective imaginary of Colombians, this in order to build one in the 'post-conflict' that is closer to reality.
Energetic was the first discussion, 'Literatura Politica' (Politic Literature), of the second day of the academic forum 'Pensando el Siglo XXI', (Thinking the XXI Century); that took place at the Universidad Autónoma del Caribe. With the participation of the former Minister of Agriculture, Cecilia López Montaño, the journalist and writer Gustavo Alvarez Gardeazábal; and with the moderation of the journalist Mike Schmulson.
Contradictory positions were evidenced by these three characters who centered their discussion on the country's agricultural issues, social classes and the concentration of wealth and political power. They agreed that Colombia's grand crisis is a result of lack of leadership.
"Long ago we have had a very big leadership crisis, we have a leadership that does not recognize the country. There is an elite that has given its back to the country," criticized Cecilia Lopez.
Meanwhile, Gardeazábal adhered to the topic by affirming: "The president (Juan Manuel Santos) never goes beyond Anapoima (town outside of Bogotá, the Capital) and when he comes to the Caribbean, he comes disguised in Safari, we agree that the leadership of this country does not recognize our reality."
Faced with this lack of leadership, the former Minister López Montaño, called youth to react, participate and take control of politics. "Youth look the other way', is outrageous that youth despise a profession that should be one of the most beautiful in the world because is meant to serve others. This country has to make a change in the power structure, and we have to stop being individual to begin being citizens. "
However, Gardeazábal didn´t agree, and expressed that politics is the most castrating job in the world, and because of this, there is no motivation for youth to wake up and participate, especially now that the policy is privatized and in the hands of contractors. "Contractors finance mayors, governors, and then charge them with contracts."
Agribusiness and posible solutions
In her intervention, Cecilia Lopez celebrated as an achievement of the peace dialogues in Cuba that they placed in first line the agriculture reform and the Colombian countryside, but she warned that for the past 20 years there has been an agricultural counter reform, as large producers have doubled their land, while small producers have ran out of them.
The Exminister noted that the number of farms of more than a thousand hectares has grown vertically, and that para-militarism has had a lot to do with. She added that, sadly Colombia has the seventh concentration of income in the world and second in Latin America, equivalent to a totally unbalanced distribution.
Regarding this topic, Alvarez Gardeazábal described as a total anachronism the fact that FARC think the solution for this country is with agriculture, because although there is a lot of land, there is no money to produce. "We have not invested in irrigation, we have not invested in roads to take products out, and we have not yet understand that the subsidy should not be given to the last vendor but to the first producer. While this situation stays the same way we will not see real reform, real change in the Colombian countryside. Gaviria changed 12 million of farmers to 12 families that import food. "
He said it is necessary that the State lower the interests of agricultural loans in order to generate sufficient food production for export.
Cecilia Lopez finally confirmed that the future of the world is in the food and agribusiness, but in Colombia despite having everything necessary provided by nature, this natural wealth is also concentrated, and there is no leadership necessary to move the country forward.
At the inaugural conference the French philosopher assured that social classes have accentuated with globalization. Lipovetsky received an Honorary Degree in Social Communication and Journalism.
On Saturday August 1, 2015 the UAC Miami campus had the pleasure of having Dr. Claire Rene present and introduce our students to "Emotional Intelligence". She explained how emotional intelligence works and why it can be crucial to your career. Emotional Intelligence - "knowing one's emotions, managing emotions, motivating oneself, recognizing emotions in others, and handling relationships" (Salovey & Mayer, 1990)
Emotional intelligence is the "something" in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. It is made up of four core skills that pair up under two primary competencies: personal competence (Self-Awareness & Self-Management) and social competence (Social Awareness & Relationship Management). It is about understanding one's feelings and those around you, it is crucial for successful leadership.
This activity is part of the In Training Service that UAC Miami offers to its Faculty members and students.