Books that every journalist should read, according to Denise Dresser

Books that every journalist should read, according to Denise Dresser


In the keynote address of Denise Dresser, Campus Party Mexico 2015, political scientist and teacher recommended a series of books and authors that every journalist should read.

After a few weeks of multidisciplinary event Mexico Campus Party 2015 remember one of the papers he left us much to think about and a lot of task be done. And it is that href=”http://denisedresser.com/” Denise Dresser presented the first lecture, too, the first day of activities. Entitled ‘ The new journalism and new technology ‘, the talk of the political scientist, teacher, and said he likes that appoint and Mexican journalist, gave a series of tips on the use of networks, importance of knowing what to share and how to say; He talked about what he personally shares and the scope of some movements that has been part.


The task that has left everyone who wants to be a journalist in reading is a great list of titles They help in perfecting the art of such activity. About Denise Dresser said:

Who can not write is that it has not learned to read, and who do not read can not write and can not speak. To be a good journalist must have read many novels, because here comes the language, metaphors are, is knowing how to tell a story, comes to know how someone grab his stomach and shaking.

The books are named as follows:

  • The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes . Novel published in 1962, considered a key work in the so-called Latin American Boom. A great metaphor and analogy of revolutionary Mexico and later times, full of voices and testimonies retraced, deep insights into the deathbed of the same Artemio Cruz.

  • Lightnings August Jorge Ibargüengoitia . Another novel located at the time of the post Mexican Revolution, this time as an autobiography told by General Jose Guadalupe Arroyo. A text like those that usually simple and powerful, great and deep Ibargüengoitia.

  • Balún Rosario Castellanos Canaan . Published in 1957, the story of this novel lies in the 30’s, on a farm stranded in the bowels of Chiapas. It was the first novel by Mexican author and contains several autobiographical passages, in addition to an intense cultural and labor confrontation between the “ladinos” and Indians.

  • die in the Gulf of Hector Aguilar Camin . This is another political novel, this time at the time of the mid 70’s and early 80’s. Located in the great City of Mexico but particularly in Veracruz where the main conflict is generated by the struggle of the protagonist and old friends for some land that a local chieftain seeks to remain with impunity, almost nothing like the reality.

  • El Gold Finger Guillermo Sheridan . Novel published in 1996 that, according to Sheridan himself, was written to “kill time” in 1984 while studying in England. He survived to be written by substituting the “n”, the typed pages, “flopis” to get to the digital format, which Guillermo dubbed “the golden finger strikes again”, with the peculiarity of staying current and “lively”.

Denise Dresser also recommended to read the complete works of several authors, including mentioned the English novelist Ian McEwan , universal Hemingway to Orwell, and reread ‘El Capital ‘of Karl Marx because, he said, “the ongoing struggle classes out there.” And is that if we look a little Dresser recommended texts, we realize, easily, most will in this sense, perhaps insisting that the Mexican reality with their unequal social panoramas, constantly fighting for land, equality, recognition which they continue unabated, almost irreconcilable. Finally, in this part of the conference recommended “after reading, and traveled home, please tell stories about their country”

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Books that every journalist should read, according to Denise Dresser
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August 6, 2015


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