This post is a version of an article i wrote for Oliver Carter, lecturer at the Birmingham City University. Since lately i’ve been working on the Interactivity Index for OJB, I thought now was appropriate to post it.
Citizen journalism embedded on online media
How Portuguese News Websites (don’t) use Citizen Journalism
We’ve been watching a significant change in the Portuguese news media, for the last few years. From national to local newspapers, radios and TV channels, everyone is building their presence online, with more or less aptitude or quality. Still, the effort is noticeable.
But this investment in new platforms of communication doesn’t mean the companies are following the latest trends, or leaving their somewhat conservative approach to the full possibilities of the web. The news websites in Portugal are mostly a repository for print content, since many don’t have exclusively online journalists, and the resources for online content are rather limited, especially as multimedia content is concerned, though slowly the tide is turning, mainly due to the efforts of major newspapers, that are trying to improve and take the step forward in online content.