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Cuban Journalists for Better Use of the Media on the Net

May 28, 2013


Cuban journalist are seeking to increase the effectiveness of the use of the social networks as well as the content of their messages.
By: Nelson García Santos

Villa Clara.— Cuban journalists gathered in the First Regional Workshop on Cuban Media on the Net, held in Santa Clara, capital of the central province of Villa Clara last week.

Presided over by the head of the Media Department in the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Roberto Montesinos, the workshop focused on the challenges Cuban journalists face to make better use of the internet when it comes to spreading Cuba’s message to the world.

In order to achieve this, Cuban journalists must create a communication strategy in which they work responsibly and professionally, he said.

The political leader also pointed out that this work should not be taken as just another work task. The work must be effective otherwise it may end up doing more damage than good.

Montesinos called on the journalists to effectively organize, plan and execute all the strategic tools available to them.

Journalist of the written press, radio and television discussed extensively the application of new formulas to increase the quality of the materials broadcast and the effectiveness of the materials released through web platforms, websites, emails, and the profiles on social networks of both media professionals and webmasters.

In this sense, the journalists at the workshop agreed that it is necessary to change the poor intent of many of the messages conveyed by Cuban media and increase the quality of the content.

In the case of the social networks, journalists were invited to go beyond the headlines and make a personal assessment of the topics they are dealing with. Likewise, they were called on to be prepared to debate highly controversial issues.

The delegates from the central provinces of Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus, Villa Clara, Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey agreed that they have to make a better use of all the advantages of social networks, especially in attracting new readers.

Attending the workshop were the head of the Ideological Department of the Communist Party in Villa Clara Wilfredo Hernández, and Joaquín Suárez, an official of the Central Committee, who insisted on the need for journalists to dominate the techniques of journalism on the net and share more on the social networks in real time, among other things.

Translated by ESTI

Cuba Expands Public Internet Services

May 28, 2013


Cuba will expand public internet services next June 4 in some 118 cyber centers operating throughout the country, according to a resolution issued by the island’s Communications Ministry.

The Internet services will be offered in all commercial offices of the Cuban Telecommunications Company ETECSA, which count on Internet rooms. With this aim a total of 118 facilities were set up on the island, particularly in main cities, while other similar facilities will progressively be opened.

The new offer includes Internet navigation and other services, such as international email services under the domain, and according to prices already set under a resolution issued by the Finance and Price Ministry, which was published May 27 on the official Gazette.

The prices of the service depend on the modality picked by users, such as national or international internet access, including email service. In all cases, users will be provided the services only at ETECSA cyber centers.
The expansion of theses services join others that have been operating in over 200 cyber-centers in Cuban hotels, as well as in post offices. The initiative came in after the optic fiber cable connecting Cuba and Venezuela became operational, thus guaranteeing higher quality and stability for local communications, despite the limitations imposed by the US economic, commercial and technological blockade of Cuba.

Although the optic fiber cable improves international communications, which have thus far been established mainly via satellite, it is not a free service; therefore, the expansion of the public internet service has a preliminary cost.

On the other hand, important investment is still necessary to be implemented in order to modernize current technology and expand facilities where the public can connect to the Internet, which includes different alternative actions.

Cuba first connected to the Internet in 1996 and since that point in time it has prioritized its social use, despite the hurdles imposed by the US policy against the island.


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