Colombia Newspapers: Which Ones Should I Get To Stay Informed?
Colombia has a long journalistic history. Colombian newspapers began to circulate in the streets almost 150 years ago and, today, continue to be part of the daily life of Colombians. Of course, they have also modernized and, among traditional newspapers, other digital media have been created that report on more specific issues of the Colombian reality. As has happened in many countries, the history of newspapers in Colombia has been characterized by its role in the politics of the country. Due to the different political currents, the most important newspapers of the country have been inclined, in one way or another, by some political party. However, today, none of them is openly right or left. These are the newspapers that we recommend for you to read to keep you informed about current affairs, culture, economics and Colombian politics.
This is the oldest newspaper in Colombia. With 131 years, El Espectador has undergone major transformations -mostly due to the economic crises of the media. For a while, El Espectador was only distributed on Saturdays. However, due to the increase in sales and economic sustainability, today it has a daily circulation. In El Espectador you will find current information and some pieces of opinion. Although it does not have an emphasis, since it deals with subjects of all the reality of the country, in its digital version and in its social networks you will find many videos of criticism and political opinion.
This is the newspaper with the largest circulation in the country. For several decades, El Tiempo has established itself as the newspaper with the greatest reach and, due to the economic crises of other newspapers, it’s the most popular in Colombia. Throughout its history and more recently, El Tiempo has been part of several controversies due to the conflict of interests that arises because of the family relationship of the editor of the newspaper with several political actors in the country. Because of this, it has sometimes been branded as a newspaper with political inclinations. However, if you want to stay informed about the current situation in the country, El Tiempo continues to be an indispensable source.
Since 2007, the ADN newspaper has been delivered free of charge in some of the most important cities in Colombia: Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla and Bucaramanga. Although it has less circulation, the fact that it’s free and that it’s a quick and focused source of information about each city, ADN is a very good option for travelers who need a fast and available newspaper. Usually, you can find ADN dealers at bus stops, at traffic lights and at points of high circulation of people, such as parks and squares.
Publimetro is a similar version to ADN and has a very similar circulation model. It arrived in Colombia in 2011 (since it’s part of a wider newspaper network, based in Sweden). Nowadays, Publimetro circulates in the cities of Bogota, Medellin, Cali and Barranquilla. As well as ADN, Publimetro is a very useful newspaper for travelers, since it is distributed in many points of each city. Despite the similarities between ADN and Publimetro, the latter has been characterized by a more visual content and shorter texts. The choice between the two depends on the taste of each reader.
If you want to keep informed, these four newspapers will be very useful. When choosing which to read, think about your budget and the free options offered in the most important cities of Colombia. Remember that there are other important media you can find in supermarkets and small shops in the neighborhoods.