“We Have to Recover the Value of Words to Try to Get Closer to the Truth.”

Alfonso Armada, president of the Spanish chapter of Reporters Without Borders, reviewed the current situation of the press and journalism as a career in the videos made by Proa Comunicación for its tenth anniversary. In reference to the main challenges for media outlets and journalists, Armada considers it necessary to revive the truth because “Spain is in doubt and regression.”

On the other hand, he also takes on themes like freedom of the press throughout the world, the differences between journalism and communication, and explains the activities of Reporters Without Borders as well as explaining the differentiating aspects between journalists and theatrical writers. In conclusion, he highlighted that “you have to regain the silence to think. It is necessary to try to recover the value of words to try to get closer to the truth.”

Alfonso Armada is a Spanish journalist, writer, playwright, and poet. On his path as a journalist he has covered conflicts like the Siege of Sarajevo or the Genocide in Rwanda. He was the Africa correspondent for the newspaper El Pais for five years and between 1999 and 2005 the New York correspondent for the newspaper ABC. He is also a theatrical writer and director of works such as “Carmencita jugando,” “Sin maldita esperanza,” o “La edad de oro de los perros.” Currently, he is the director for the magazine FronteraD. Additionally, since November of 2017 he has been the president of the Spanish chapter of Reporters Without Borders.

Communication: Undervalued, but with Great Job Opportunities

The Communication department is still undervalued within companies. The Communication Director must acquire management training. Study plans must be more multidisciplinary. But it is a feminized sector and with great job opportunities. Any of the previous sentences could have been the title of an event organized last Thursday, March 14, by the University of Navarra in which six experts discussed the Perspectives of Communication, attended by Proa Comunicación Consultant Cristina Garcia.

The event was moderated by José Luis Orihuela, professor at the School of Communication of the University of Navarra, Luisa Alli, IKEA Spain’s Director of Communication, Txema Valenzuela, founding partner of La Propagadora, Silvia Albert, director of Wellcomm, José Manuel Velasco, president of Global Alliance and Gemma Muñoz, co-founder and CEO of El arte de Medir.

All of them agreed on the very important role Communication has within organizations, even though managers often find it difficult to understand. This is something that, according to José Manuel Velasco, who also advocated for self-introspection within the profession, can be alleviated in part with training in management for the communication director. Silvia Albert supported this position, adding that in her opinion “Communication should not be a study separate from management”.

In her discourse, Txema Valenzuela demanded the academic body present in the session to make changes in the curriculum and proposed integrating the three branches which the Communication major is mostly divided into currently (Journalism, Audiovisual Communication and Advertising), “because today the work is highly integrated”. Before an audience composed mainly of students and teachers, she also made it clear that the faculty is only “the first step in a much longer learning process.”

Despite this panorama, Luisa Alli was “optimistic” about the future of the profession and encouraged the students present saying that “I see many opportunities (in employment).” She based her assertion on the idea that “someone has to have a vision of all the aspects” within the business “and know how to fit these in with everything else that moves around”. However, he regretted that the fact that the Director of Communication is a feminized profession has caused a drop in salaries.

As for the talents that the exercise of this profession requires, a majority of the members of the table emphasized the ability to listen, to feel how others feel, to empathize, to which Gemma Muñoz added the know how to adapt while Txema Valenzuela highlighted courage.

Ana Sánchez de la Nieta: “The Internet and new technologies caught the Media by surprise”

The editor of “Conversaciones con,” Ana Sánchez de la Nieta, believes that the Internet and new technologies do not imply a decline in the quality of journalism that is done today, but rather are tools that provide abundant opportunities and possibilities media professionals. This is one of the insights that Sánchez de la Nieta shared during her discussion at the Proa Comunicación Observatory


During the meeting, the journalist evaluated her professional career, pointing out some changes that have taken place in the profession, now more deteriorated than ever, especially by how precarious a journalist’s position has become. Such a disruption is also observed through the daily work of professionals, who practice their occupations on many occasions without sufficient means, and through the media which has seen how the Internet and social media had disrupted the conventional model of news production and how this revolution has caught them completely by surprise.


On social media, Sánchez de la Nieta emphasizes how it is the best way to “receive feedback” from users in real time. She recognizes how much fake news circulates through these platforms, but for this very reason it is essential that the journalist assumes his/her essential task of checking and verifying the validity and authenticity of information that is diffused through the media.


Ana Sánchez de la Nieta, the next guest to participate in the Proa Comunicación Observatory on January 29

On January 29 at 2:30 pm, the journalist Ana Sánchez de la Nieta will participate in our Proa Comunicación Observatory to analyze the current situation of journalism, the relationship between politicians and the media and the profile of new journalists, among other topics.


A graduate of journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid, she is currently the editor of Conversaciones con. She also managess the film & cinema section of Telva magazine and the agency Aceprensa. As also deputy director of film review magazine Fila Siete, she also advises various organizations and companies on communication strategy.