Diverging ideals of autonomy: Non-state media in Cuba challenging a broken media monopoly
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Original versionJournal of alternative and community media. 2019, 4 (2), 14-30. https://doi.org/10.1386/joacm_00046_1
News outlets funded by actors other than the state are broadening the range of movement for journalists in Cuba. How are these non-state outlets affecting ideals of autonomy in the state media? Through qualitative interviews, this study finds an emerging generational divide in Cuba between journalism students and journalists in state media. A majority of students want to work in non-state media because it means they can choose their own stories, have a more meaningful work day and earn more money. Most journalists are, on the other hand, sceptical of private businesses entering the media sector, and refer to the importance of ideology.