Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Sholin

23
Jul
08

Por conta própria | On your own

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You can be a journalist without a job at a mainstream news organization

That headline seems obvious, no?

Then why is it that when journalists see layoffs, buyouts, and newspaper companies in trouble, they sigh and say “Should I stop wasting my time and start applying to advertising agencies?

Really?

“You can be a journalist without a job at a mainstream news organization”, Ryan Sholin

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If you have the skills, people will call

Yes, it is a tough time for journalism graduates — or anyone looking for a journalism job — but there are jobs available for people with desirable skills.

Recent journalism graduate Kyle Hansen just accepted a job at the Las Vegas Sun. More noteworthy, is that in this terrible time for journalism companies and the economy, he had interviews in five different states with newspapers. Five different states.

What skills does Hansen have that most recent journalism graduates don’t? Well, for starters, he blogs. It doesn’t have to be the best or most popular blog, but having a blog shows potential employers that Hansen is willing to try out new tools and that he has an understanding of the power of blogging.

“If you have the skills, people will call” , Journalism Iconoclast

O que é que sabem fazer? A sério. Quais são as vossas competências? Porque é  que querem ser jornalistas (ou outra coisa qualquer) ? Eu ando a fazer estas questões a mim mesmo há já algum tempo, e há umas que vão tendo respostas mais concretas. Mas o que vejo é que muita gente não sabe que jornalismo é acima de tudo uma actividade. Não se diz que se gosta de correr, corre-se e pronto. Os profissionais estão cada vez mais por conta própria, e isso não é necessariamente mau. Façam um bom trabalho e mostrem-no. Com sorte, alguém há-de reparar.

What do you know to do? Really. What are your skills? Why do you want to be a journalist  (or anything else)? I’ve been asking myself these same questions for quite some time now, and there are a few which are getting some concrete answers. But what i’m watching is that there’s a whole lot of people that doesn’t know that journalism is an activity. You can’t say  you like to run, you just run. Professionals are more and more on their own, and that may not be a bad thing. Do the best work you can and show it. With luck, someone will notice.

Every single one of my interviews was a direct result of my experience blogging or editing video. Of course, another key is who you know. Two of the three places I was considering were places that I knew people working there. One of the others was a place that someone I knew recommended.

Kyle Hansen

Continue reading ‘Por conta própria | On your own’

04
Jul
08

Dinossauros, lembram-se do que lhes aconteceu? | Dinosaurs, do you remember whatever happened to them?

Durante o workshop que fiz no Summer  Institute 08, tivemos a oportunidade de comentar as dificuldades impostas nas redacções pelos “dinossauros”, os jornalistas, editores, administradores que se sentem ameaçados pela (r)evolução na indústria de informação. Numa conversa particular com um dos meus colegas, ele disse que pelo que sente na pele, os jornalistas que estão a apostar nos novos media tornaram-se alvos a abater. E eu só pensei como isso era tremendamente estúpido, faz tanto sentido como abrir um buraco no meio de um bote salva-vidas.

O que os leva a fazer isto? O medo. O medo de perder poder. O medo de não conseguirem dominar um meio que lhes pertenceu e idealizaram durante tanto anos. O medo de se tornarem obsoletos. Eu não concordo com a arrogância de alguns que acham que a internet vai salvar o mundo. Aliás, como dizia muitas vezes o professor Rosental “não é uma coisa ou outra, é uma coisa e outra”. Por isso não faz sentido a quantidade de entraves que se vão colocando entre profissionais, dentro de empresas. A mudança já ocorreu, e se eles não a aceitam, o trabalho que eles tanto adoram morre com eles.

Os mais pesados e os mais intransigentes ficarão sujeitos à devastação provocada pelo meteoro 2.0. e só os mais ágeis e adaptáveis sobreviverão. Não pensem que são apenas os “velhos” que teimam numa imagem romântica do jornalismo e não percebem o que se está a passar, os maiores conservadores que apanhei na vida eram jovens jornalistas e estudantes. Estamos na maior revolução de paradigma industrial desde a máquina a vapor, e mesmo assim não o aceitam nem o compreendem. E como jornalistas que são ou querem ser, pelo menos deviam tentar.

O que me leva à seguinte questão: porque é que eu, vocês que me lêem, os que trabalham, os que que querem trabalhar em jornalismo, querem ser jornalistas? Será o meio em que o fazemos mais importante do que a função? Eu não me considero um jornalista, mas mais um partilhador de informação que é importante para um grupo de pessoas, e se me pagarem para fazer isso sobre um determinado assunto tanto melhor. Por isso acho a história da carteira profissional uma treta, mas isso fica para outro dia.

O futuro das empresas de comunicação passa pela compreensão da sua função social e económica, como promotoras e geradoras de conhecimento e rendimentos, próprios e alheios. O futuro do jornalismo passa pela desmistificação da profissão, e acima de tudo, por uma dose gigantesca de humildade. Só assim, com a deflação de alguns egos, pode ser que consigam entrar numa caverna e salvar-se, antes que a sua presença na história seja apenas o seu nome fossilizado em papel.

O Ryan Sholin diz que o status quo está a matar os jornais. E também diz que entrou para o ramo porque quer “consertar” o jornalismo, em vez de querer salvar o mundo, melhorar as coisas, afligir os estabelecidos . Eu não chego a tanto, porque a minha influência é quase nula, mas faço o que posso para que as pessoas estejam mais e mais informadas sobre o que se vai passando, à medida que eu próprio vou descobrindo o caminho.

Mas neste post o Ryan sugere que cortemos relações com os dinossauros, que reclamam muito e não fazem nada para resolver os problemas – este é o nosso passatempo nacional- , ou seja, deixá-los para trás para morrer. Eu concordo. Em comentário, o Mark Hamilton diz: “Liderem, sigam, ou saiam da frente.” Eu subscrevo. E quem está contra mim está a perder o seu tempo. Não querem jornalistas multimédia no vosso jornal? Não há problema, nós abrimos o nosso próprio site informativo. Não nos respeitam como profissionais e acham que isto é uma curiosidade? Tudo bem, foi o que disseram do automóvel. O mais aflitivo é ver que  muitas destas atitudes são tomadas por pessoas altamente cultas e inteligentes, mas que não conseguem ver para além do próprio umbigo, isolados em torres de marfim.

Façam o que alguns dinossauros fizeram, escapem ao cataclismo, ganhem asas e penas,  e voem. Mas uma coisa é certa, a vida continua, com ou sem vocês. A escolha é vossa, entre ficar no camarote a reclamar, ou estar no palco a ajudar quem pode beneficiar da vossa experiência.

During the Online Journalism workshop at the Summer Institute 08, we had the chance to discuss the hardships created inside the newsrooms by the  “dinosaurs”, the journalists, editors, administrators that feel threatened by the information industry’s (r)evolution. In a private conversation with one of my colleagues, he said that from his own experience, the new media journalists became priority targets to those guys. And i thought that was as smart as drilling holes in a lifeboat.

What leads them to this? Fear. The fear of losing power. The fear of not being able to dominate an environment that belonged to them and they helped to idealize for so long. The fear of becoming obsolete. I don’t agree with the arrogance of those who say that the internet will save the world. In fact, just like professor Rosental Alves often said “it’s not one thing or another, it’s one thing and the other”. So it doesn’t make sense the amount of obstacles that are being put between  professionals, inside the companies. The change has already occured. and if they don’t accpet it, the job they love so much will die with them.

The heaviest and the most intransigent will be exposed to the devastation caused by the 2.0 meteor, and only the most agile and adaptable will survive. But don’t think it’s only the “old guys” that insist in a rmantic picture of journalism and don’t understand what is going on, the most conservative people i ever met  were young journalists and students. We are living the greatest revolution of the industrial paradign since the steam engine, and still they do not accept it or even try to understand it. Which, as journalists or wannabes, at least they should try.

And this leads me to the following question: why do i, you that read me, those who work, those who want to work in journalism, want to be journalists? Is it the medium more important than the function? I don’t consider myself as a journalist, but more like a  sharer of information that is relevant to a group of people, and if i get paid to do it about a specific subject, even better. So i think the journalist license story a bunch of crap, but that’s for another day.

The future of communication companies goes through understanding their social and economical role, as promoters and generators of knowledge and revenue, both for themselves and others around them. The future of journalism goes through the destruction of the job’s myth, and above all, a huge dose of humility. Only that way, with the deflation of the giant egos, they might be able to get inside the cave and escape, before their presence in history becomes only their name fossilized in paper.

Ryan Sholin says that the status quo is killing newspapers. And he also says that he got into this business to fix journalism, instead of trying to save the world, right wrongs, or afflict the comfortable. I don’t get that far, because my infuence is close to none, but i do what i can to help people learn more and get more aware of what is going on, while myself am trying to find the way.

But in this post Ryan also suggests that we cut relations with the dinosaurs, that whine a lot and don’t do a thing to solve the problems – this is a portuguese passtime- or, plainly, leave them behind to die. I agree. In a comment to this, Mark Hamilton says: “Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way”. I second that. And whoever is against me is wasting it’s time. You don’t want multimedia journalists at your newspaper? No worries, we’ll open our very own news website. You don’t respect us as trained professionals and think that this is just a fad? That’s ok, people said the same about automobiles. The most afflicting thing is to see that many of these attitudes are taken by highly educated, intelligent people, but that can’t see beyond their navel, isolated in ivory towers.

Do what some dinosaurs did, escape the cataclysm, make wings and feathers and fly. But one thing is certain, life will go on, with or without you. The choice is yours, you can stay in the box complaining and whining, or get on stage and help those who can benefit from all of your experience.

More than a year ago, I wrote a blog post aimed at the curmudgeons in your newsroom.

The ones who prefer hang-wringing editorials to reorganization plans.

The ones who prefer complaining about bloggers to starting a blog.

The ones who prefer whining about Google and craigslist and every other disruptive organization to becoming a disruptive organization.

Jay Rosen has been politely badgering me to update or extend that line of thinking, and although I did a quick one-year-later assessment of where most organizations stand on what I called 10 obvious things, there’s a good dose of generational frustration that’s always been involved in my thinking about newspapers.

Declare your independence from the curmudgeon tribe

Continue reading ‘Dinossauros, lembram-se do que lhes aconteceu? | Dinosaurs, do you remember whatever happened to them?’

01
Jul
08

Planear o vosso projecto Web | Planning your web project

Neste momento devo ter uns três ou quatro projectos para websites para desenvolver. Por isso percebo bem o post do Ryan Sholin que fala na colaboração entre criadores, programadores e designers. Cada pessoa tem as suas próprias ideias e linguagem, por isso o criador tem que saber explicar o que pretende com o website,que funcionalidades necessita, e qual o aspecto geral que se procura. Eu, nos meus tempos negros em que fazia de conta que era webdesigner (mais trolha que arquitecto ou engenheiro) bem via as dificuldades que tinha com os clientes quando me tentavam – sem sucesso- explicar o que queriam.

Sholin deixa-nos cinco sugestões simples que servem para qualquer projecto colaborativo deste género, às quais acrescento ainda mais algumas :

-usem exemplos que já conheçam ou plataformas já existentes;

-respeitem a criatividade dos outros, se lhes foram pedir ajuda foi porque acharam que eles tinham capacidade de fazer o site melhor do que vocês alguma vez pensaram. Além disso, se são especialistas a opinião deles em certos aspectos é mais avalizada do que a vossa;

- estejam preparados para perder tempo, nada se faz bem e depressa, e é preciso tentar e errar, para depois refazer e melhorar;

- sejam também simpáticos, e realistas.Muitas vezes serão obrigados a lidar com essas pessoas muito tempo depois do site estar acabado, por isso, não se comportem como idiotas , nem deixem que os outros o façam. Boa sorte para os vossos projectos.

Update- O Dave Cohn, criador do projecto laureado pela Knight News, Spot.us, também percebe bem o que é isto, e deixou mais uma sugestão:

So You Want to Build a Startup? – Step One: Get Your Story Straight

Right now i must have about three or four website projects to develop.So i understand perfectly this post by Ryan Sholin that taks about the collaboration between creators, developers and designers. Each one has it’s own language, so the creator must know how to explain what he wants with the website, which applications he needs, and the general look and feel he is looking for. Me, in my dark days as a wannabe webdesigner (more like a mason than architect or engineer) had my own troubles with most clients when they tried – unsuccessfully- to explain what they wanted.

Sholin gives five suggestions that will work for any collaborative work of this sort, to which I add a few more:

-use other projects or platforms that already exist asan example for what you’re looking for;

-respect other people’s creativity, if you asked them for help it was probably because you thought they are more skilled than you to do your website, and do it better than you ever imagined. Besides, if they’re experts, their opinion about some issues will always be better than yours;

-be prepared to waste time, nothing can be done fast and well, and you have to try and fail, to rebuild it and make it better;

-also, be nice, and keep it real. Often you will have to deal with those people long after the website is done, so don’t act like idiots nor should you let others do it.

Good luck with your projects.

Update-Dave Cohn creator of the Knight News awarded Spot.us, knows a lot about this and leaves his own suggestion:

So You Want to Build a Startup? – Step One: Get Your Story Straight

Start with a pencil: That’s right, it’s time to whip out ye olde dead tree times two — paper and pencil. Personally, I prefer swiping a sheet of 11×17 from the nearest printer. Lots of room for notes at that scale, plus, you’re going to want to draw all sorts of crazy arrows and add captions and numbers and diagrams and… maybe that’s just me. But either way, this is your first prototype: Paper and pencil. Pen if you prefer to live dangerously.

Working with developers and designers

Continue reading ‘Planear o vosso projecto Web | Planning your web project’

17
Jun
08

Irreversível | Irreversible

If you think online news is difficult…

If using a Web-based content management system is difficult, try putting together a print edition in an old version of Quark and then come back and tell me how hard it is to push the Publish button.

If editing video takes too long, then go back to developing your own prints in the darkroom.

(…)

Se acham que antigamente é que era bom leiam este post do Ryan Sholin.Se…

If you still think about the “good ol’days” read this Ryan Sholin’s post.If…

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15
Mai
08

Vencedores | Winners : Knight News Challenge

Ora aí estão os vencedores do Knight News Challenge de 2008. São 16 e vão dividir 5,5 milhões de dólares para desenvolverem os seus projectos digitais inovadores para a comunicação. Entre eles algumas caras familiares: Ryan Sholin, que ganhou com o o ReportingOn, e (Digi)Dave Cohn, que apresentou um projecto que considero particularmente interessante.

A lista dos vencedores pode ser vista aqui.

Now here are the Knight News Challenge 2008′s winners. There’s 16 of them and they’re splitting 5,5 million dollars to develop their digital communicação innovative projects. Among them, some familiar faces: Ryan Sholin, that won with his ReportingOn, and (Digi)Dave Cohn, that presented a project i find quite interesting.

The winners list can be seen here.

So what’s next? Spot Us will be a nonprofit to test a new business model – community funded journalism.

What I’m going to build will be a marketplace for journalism. News organizations (old or new media) can use the space to support their most enterprise projects. Community and civic organizations can come together, take a stand and let the media know what is being under-reported. Independent journalists can get paid to do what they do best – report on local stories, all while building up their portfolio.

My Next Assignment, Hopefully A Lifelong Contribution to Journalism ,David Cohn


Knight News Challenge 2008 Winners Press Release

2008 Winners

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23
Jan
08

WiredJournalists.com

WiredJournalists.com

Ryan Sholin, juntamente com Howard Owens e Zac Echola, criou uma comunidade para que os jornalistas (que ainda não o fizeram) se “digitalizem”.

O WiredJournalists.com serve como ponto de encontro de experiências e recursos para todos os que querem entrar – ou acompanhar – o comboio do jornalismo 2.0.

Ryan Sholin, along with Howard Owens and Zac Echola, created an online community for journalists (those who haven’t already) who want to go digital.

WiredJournalists.com is a meeting point of experiences and resources to all of those who wanr to catch – or stay on – the train of Journalism 2.0.

 Leiam | Read :  Introducing WiredJournalists.com

From the Mission Statement:

“Our goal is to help journalists who have few resources on hand other than their own desire to make a difference and help journalism grow into its new 21st Century role.

You don’t need the best equipment, the biggest budget or even management support to accomplish worthy goals. The only requirement is a willingness to learn and a mind open to new ways of thinking about journalism.

We are here to help each other learn basic skills and learn how new technology and new societal expectations for media are changing journalism.

At WiredJournalists.com we are all teachers and we are all students. We help each other and learn together. Those who know more should help those who know less. Those with questions should never be afraid to ask them.”




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