Literary resources used by Leila Guerriero in her journalistic profiles

Recursos literarios empleados por Leila Guerriero en sus perfiles periodísticos

doxa.comunicación | 31, pp. 187-205 | 187

July-December of 2020

ISSN: 1696-019X / e-ISSN: 2386-3978

How to cite this article:

Del Riego Anta, M. (2020). Literary resources used by Leila Guerriero in her journalistic profiles. Doxa Comunicación, 31, pp. 187-205.

Marta del Riego Anta. PhD student in the Social Communication programme at the International Doctorate School of CEU San Pablo University, Madrid. Her research is focused on the profile genre in Leila Guerriero’s work. Professor Riego Anta has a degree in Information Sciences from Complutense University of Madrid and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Madrid-El País. In her professional life, she has worked as a journalist in London and Berlin, in addition to having worked with Canal Plus and Marie Claire. Moreover, Professor Riego Anta held the position of editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair magazine for 10 years. She is currently a regular columnist for the newspaper La Nueva Crónica and Director of Communications at the MAHALA Communication agency. She specialises in culture, and is a lecturer in the Master’s Degree programme in Cultural Journalism at CEU San Pablo University.

CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain

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ORCID: 0000-0001-9694-7095


The journalistic profile is one of the great genres of the New Journalism, and generally speaking, of Anglo-Saxon journalism as well. In the last three decades, the profile has experienced tremendous growth within narrative journalism in the Spanish language, and one of its contributors has been Leila Guerriero. The objective of this article is to present the literary resources that Guerriero uses in her profiles. To this end, we have carried out a content analysis of her profiles based on the categories established by Gérard Genette, as well as the literary resource analysis model of Professor Domínguez Caparrós. The results of our study have allowed us to demonstrate that Guerriero´s profiles are linked to the New Journalism of the USA, while at the same time they provide a distinct, personal vision of such journalism, in addition to an original way of writing narrative journalism that brings it closer to the domain of literature.


Journalistic genres; profile; narrative journalism; the New Latin American Journalism; Leila Guerriero.


El perfil o profile es uno de los grandes géneros del New Journalism y del periodismo anglosajón en general. En las últimas tres décadas ha vivido un auge dentro del periodismo narrativo en español y entre las periodistas que han contribuido a ello se encuentra Leila Guerriero. El objetivo de este artículo es mostrar la diversidad de recursos literarios que emplea Guerriero en sus perfiles. Para ello, hemos realizado un análisis de contenido de sus perfiles basándonos, por un lado, en las categorías establecidas por Gérard Genette y, por otro, en el modelo de análisis de los recursos literarios del profesor Domínguez Caparrós. El resultado nos ha permitido demostrar que los perfiles de Guerriero entroncan con el New Journalism estadounidense a la vez que aportan una visión distinta y personal del mismo y una forma original de escribir periodismo narrativo que los acerca a la categoría de obra literaria.

Palabras clave:

Géneros periodísticos; perfil; periodismo narrativo; Nuevo Periodis-mo Latinoamericano, Leila Guerriero.

Received: 08/08/2020 - Accepted: 21/10/2020

Recibido: 08/08/2020 - Aceptado: 21/10/2020