Arquivo de 2 de Outubro, 2008

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AOP: Publishers must put digital at centre of business models, says Sly Bailey

Publishers must put digital media ‘at the centre’ of their businesses to survive the current economic downturn, Sly Bailey, Trinity Mirror CEO, told an industry conference today.

Digital is no longer a ‘nice to have, it’s a must have’, but must be integrated into publishers’ business models, Bailey told delegates at the Association of Online Publisher’s (AOP) Digital Publishing Summit.

By 2011 digital revenues will represent a ‘substantial part’ of Trinity Mirror’s business, Bailey said, adding that she was not concerned about digital profits replacing print revenues.

Sly Bailey dixit. Ouçam a palestra por completo | Listen to the speech in full

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Local newspaper web sites have made a lot of progress during the past 10-plus years since they were first launched. Video, blogs, comments, constant updates – the list is long.

But one area that hasn’t evolved much at all on local news web sites is … strangely … the local news section.

If you click on the “Local News” tab on most local news sites, you see the same thing you probably saw in 1998: A list of headlines, in reverse chronological order, that link to stories published in the print newspaper. (I don’t pretend to have done this on every site, only a few dozen.)

At the same time, editors and publishers emphasize their “local news franchise” as the cornerstone of their operation. So why the disconnect from mission to execution?

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Town crier, town square, and community memory

Newspapers, which replaced the town crier with what became to be known as print journalism, are slowly awakening to a second function that’s ideally performed on the Web: the town square. But there’s a third role that’s being overlooked, and that’s the role of community memory.

I’ve begun using that term lately in discussions of how we need to expand our journalistic processes. We need to move away from exclusive reliance on episodic storytelling and toward the creation of “living resources” that are updated whenever they need to be. I touched on this concept briefly in earlier posts about obituaries, which in many cases ought to be life stories of the living.

Neither the production nor the consumption of news today is necessarily tied to a schedule. We’re no longer limited by the daily print cycle or the six o’clock newscast. Most journalists see that as a “publish it now” opportunity, but miss the “maintain it forever” implications.

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Charticle Fever

For decades, news organizations have been seeking ways to stem the steady decline of newspaper circulation and woo those elusive 18-to-35 year-olds who are likely to get their news free on the Internet. Well, here’s an equation that editors and designers in newsrooms ranging from small dailies in Oregon to major metros in Florida are increasingly turning to: Chart + article = charticle. (Think Brad + Angelina = Brangelina, but not nearly as hot and quite a bit geekier.)

Charticles–as defined by Omaha World-Herald Deputy Presentation Editor Josh Crutchmer–are combinations of text, images and graphics that take the place of a full article. But in many newsrooms, the term refers to a bunch of blurbs floating around with no byline, no transitions and–gasp!–no nut graph.

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Comunidades e partilha de informação

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O Sérgio Santos fez esta apresentação para uma sessão de incentivo aos caloiros para explorarem novas ferramentas colaborativas, na Faculdade de Física da Universidade de Coimbra. O tema principal são essas  ferramentas e as tendências de comunicação e colaboração que estão ao dispôr de todos. Um trabalho simples e interessante, e bastante esclarecedor para iniciados.

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Enredo 2.0 | Plot 2.0

Patrick Byrne, Overstock.com CEOSlimVirgin Wikipedia iconJudd Bagley, Director of Communications

Starring: Patrick Byrne, SlimVirgin and Judd Bagley

Two and a half years ago, Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne penned an editorial for The Wall Street Journal, warning that widespread stock manipulation schemes – including abusive naked short selling – were threatening the health of America’s financial markets. But it wasn’t published.

Emails show journalist rigged Wikipedia’s naked shorts, The Register

Esta é uma história de mentira, deturpação, dinheiro, Wikipédia e emails. Esta é uma história sobre como membros de uma instituição utilizam as ferramentas 2.0 em seu favor, e acabam por ser descobertos. Um thriller complexo, mas preocupante. Para ler aqui.

This is a story of lies, corruption, money, Wikipedia and emails. This is a story about how the members of an institution used 2.0 tools in their favor, and ended up being exposed. A complex but worrying thriller. On show here.

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A soma e as partes | The sum and the parts

ball of yarn by chatirygirl.

O novelo de informação | The information yarn

Antes as notícias eram uma camisola. Agora são um novelo. Antes os jornalistas tricotavam a informação para um formato. Agora somos nós todos que temos as agulhas. A diferença do novelo de antigamente e do de agora é que este tem mais do que duas pontas e tem város matizes. Talvez tenha sido sempre assim, mas agora é mais.

Esta metáfora pode ser um pouco esticada, mas foi do que me lembrei quando li este post do Jeff Jarvis (ando a passar muito tempo com a minha avó).

O que Jarvis defende é que a unidade fundamental do jornalismo deixou de ser o artigo per se, mas as ligações aos artigos, às fontes de informação, às reacções, a todas as coisas relacionadas com a história que transformam a informação numa massa viva. O artigo deixa de ser a soma para ser a parte.

Os formatos continuam definidos e válidos, mas a estrutura mental que criamos com toda essa informação é agora radicalmente diferente: o ponto de partida é o tópico, ao qual se associa toda a informação, discussão e opinião à volta dele. Depois se fazemos camisolas ou cachecóis, ou uma gigantesca manta de retalhos colectiva, isso é connosco.

In the the old days, news were a sweater. Now they’re a ball of yarn. In the old days journalists knitted the information into a format. Now we  all have the needles. The difference between the old days yarn and todays’ is that this has more than two ends and several colors. Maybe it’s been always like this, but now is more.

This metaphor may have gone a bit too far, but that was what i remembered when i read this post by Jeff Jarvis (i’m spending a lot of time with my granny).

What Jarvis defends is that the fundamental unit of journalism is no longer the article per se, but the links to the articles, to the information sources, to the reactions, to all things related to the story that turn all that information into a living mass. The article is no longer the sum to become the part.

The formats are stil valid and well defined, but the mental structure that we create with all of that information is now radically different: the starting point now is the topic , to which all the data, discussion and opinion associated with it is aggregated. Whether we knit sweaters or scarfs with it, or a gigantic collective quilt, it’s up to us.

I think the new building block of journalism needs to be the topic. I don’t mean that in the context of news site topic pages, which are just catalogues of links built to kiss up to Google SEO. Those are merely collections of articles, and articles are inadequate.

Instead, I want a page, a site, a thing that is created, curated, edited, and discussed. It’s a blog that treats a topic as an ongoing and cumulative process of learning, digging, correcting, asking, answering. It’s also a wiki that keeps a snapshot of the latest knowledge and background. It’s an aggregator that provides annotated links to experts, coverage, opinion, perspective, source material. It’s a discussion that doesn’t just blather but that tries to accomplish something (an extension of an article like this one that asks what options there are to bailout a bailout). It’s collaborative and distributed and open but organized.

The building block of journalism is no longer the article

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