Trained as a journalist, I turned this expertise to my decided advantage – as I have used journalism studies to examine key cultural and symbolic, meaning-making processes in contemporary times, especially as they relate to power. Thanks to a competitive grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, I was a long-term visitor at Yale University at the Centre for Cultural Sociology in 2011 where I linked my search for the power of news to “the strong program in cultural sociology.”
I continued to be in touch with scholars at Yale. Over the last years, I have worked closely with social scientists there. From 2014 to 2016, I organized an International Conference and coedited a book on The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered (Cambridge UP, 2016). The rationale of the “Crisis” Conference/book project brought the cultural and civil power of the journalistic profession to the forefront of the so called “crisis in news.”
I wrote many evaluations and instructions to leading journalist scholars in Europe and the U.S. The long process involved a multi-day conference and massive revisions of a dozen chapters. My own empirical contribution to that book (I also coauthored the Conclusion) is a case study of the media in New Orleans, based on primary research I made in that city.
The book has been very well reviewed by leading journals in the fields of sociology, communication and journalism studies, such as Contemporary Sociology, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism, and my own empirical contribution rightly noted.