Diálogo Magazine Brings Multinational Editors Together

Diálogo Magazine Brings Multinational Editors Together

By Dialogo
April 01, 2012



On March 20-21, 2012, military and civilian journalists, Web gurus and social
communicators from various levels and ranks across Central America, South America
and the Caribbean came together at the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for
an editorial exchange of ideas and information on collaboration.
SOUTHCOM’s Diálogo magazine staff hosted the first Senior Editor’s Conference
at its headquarters, where 17 members of equivalent military and defense magazines
from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru met to discuss editorial
topics common to all, including surviving under the current economic realities
facing defense budgets the world over.
Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan, military deputy commander at SOUTHCOM,
highlighted the importance of the work journalists carry out as communicators. “I
think there’s a lesson to be learned no matter the ups and downs of our countries:
The militaries are always committed to the same thing, we are committed to our
people and you [journalists] all have a big responsibility to communicate this to
our people … to connect to our young people.”
Some representatives, such as retired Brazilian Navy Vice Admiral Armando De
Senna Bittencourt of the Revista Marítima Brasileira and Navigator magazine,
discussed the importance of keeping history alive (with printed products) in the
face of an all-encompassing digital approach that is pushing publications everywhere
to the Web. “Our publication serves as a historical reference, not only of the Navy,
but of Brazil itself as seen from the sea,” said Vice Adm. De Senna Bittencourt.
On the other hand, the Chilean Military’s Joint General Staff Command
representatives, journalist Javier Briones Bellet and Chilean Navy Captain Javier
Sánchez Liberona, highlighted the fact that they are a digital-only media source,
not only for environmental reasons and budgetary restrictions, but also because
there is no limit to the audience they can reach. “This allows our public to be more
interactive … and this approach generates a collaborative team effort across all
levels,” Briones Bellet added. Still, he pointed out that the Joint Command is “the
exception to the rule” because each individual branch of the Chilean Armed Forces
continues to produce printed magazines.
Others proudly boasted of the importance of the messages their publications
carry to their populations in an effort to highlight the positive actions of their
Armed Forces. “Peru moves forward, develops because its Armed Forces are there to
provide it security,” said Army Colonel Alejandro Teobaldo Luján Castro of the
Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command magazine, Comando en Acción. Colonel Freddy
Fuentes Yancor, representing the Guatemalan Army’s Joint Command military magazine,
expressed that through their publication, they are “exporting peace to other
countries.”
Diálogo magazine’s Editorial Conference brought together partner nations in
an editorial context, opening a forum where participants realized they all face
similar concerns about budgetary restrictions and keeping up with modern
technological advances. As a result, agreements were made to initiate a
collaborative approach in which partner nations will promote information sharing
among each other by cross-referencing resources, exchanging articles, photos and
facts on events and exercises relevant to the entire region.


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