Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Following Up on the WSJ

El Universal had a piece on Torreón's police chief in yesterday's paper, basically running down the main points of the Wall Street Journal piece that ran the day before. El Universal did the same thing in the days after the long profile of Julián Leyzaola in The New Yorker. I suppose that kudos should be given to the paper for providing the basic outline of a pair of good profiles to Mexican audiences, but it dawns on me that the profile as a journalistic form is underused in local newspapers. This is unfortunate, because a properly done profile is both very readable and very informative. Furthermore, you see lots of good profiles in Mexican magazines, especially Gatopardo, but for whatever reason, in newspapers it's rarely used.

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