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The Latin American Communication Monitor (LCM) is the largest study of strategic communication and public relations in Latin America. The first edition is based on responses from 803 communication professionals in 18 countries.
Latin American communication professionals mostly opt for online media when building relationships with stakeholders, gatekeepers, and audiences (80%), and believe that connect the overall strategies of the organization with the communication strategies will be the main challenge over the next three years. These are some of the conclusions of the Latin American Communication Monitor, an ambitious study of the profession organized by the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA) in strategic partnership with the Association of Communication Executives (Dircom, Spanish acronym) and sponsored by FCC.
Work overload affects most professionals surveyed (75.5%). Close to 36% works at least 25% more and 11.8 % lengthen their working day more than 50% of the time agreed in their contract. In addition, more than half of Latin American professionals do not feel satisfied with their career opportunities (54%) or with their salary (64%). In fact, wage compensation, access to managerial posts, career status, and career opportunities favor men. Not surprisingly, a longitudinal analysis shows that the professionalization of communication management has practically not evolved in the last five years. The research results are conclusive; however, about the growing influence of the communication function, only 27.9% of professionals is part of the executive committee within their organizations.
The Latin American Communication Monitor (LCM) is a transnational research conducted by academics of 11 prestigious universities in Latin America, Spain, and the United States, under the direction of Angeles Moreno, of the University Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain) and Juan-Carlos Molleda of the University of Florida (USA). More than 20,000 professionals of strategic communication and public relations of companies, government organizations, and NGOs in Latin America were invited to participate in the survey conducted between October 2014 and February 2015. Data analysis and results are based on 803 cases of communication and public relations professionals from 18 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Full information about the LCM is available at www.latincommunicationmonitor.com