Arquivo de Janeiro, 2009


Links for today | Links para hoje

That myth is essentially that every reader of a publication – not just buyer but alleged reader – is exposed to every ad. So every advertiser is charged for every reader of every ad. Great while it lasted, eh?

But the internet punctured that illusion because on the web, advertisers pay only for the ads a reader sees (and, in many cases, clicks on). So online, a paper or magazine can no longer charge every advertiser for every reader. This has exposed the essential inefficiency of print advertising (like TV advertising that is ignored or skipped). But it shows the inherent efficiency of online advertising.

Newspaper companies need to turn the tide and turn it fast if they want to stay in business at all. It’s time to go on the offensive and renovate their businesses around the changing needs and demands of their customers. The difficulty lies in that much of their future may not involve paper, and the industry is having a hard time changing its name.

If they don’t, they will become what the railroad industry became. The railroads could have survived as major players in the business of transporting people, had they believed they were in the transportation business, not the train business. They would have invested in cars, buses and airplanes. But they didn’t, and while there remains a railroad industry today, it’s much smaller and less significant than it was.

The fully loaded cost of a great reporter doing great work, then, falls somewhere in the $180,000 range:

$130,000 salary and benefits
$4,800 a year in subscriptions and other information sources
$2,500 a month in travel
$1,250 a month in legal and insurance coverage
$179,800 total, and that’s before the cost of IT, telecom and office space

I’m not (that) interested (today) in trying to figure out what revenue, then, will support major metro newspapers online.  When a major city loses its last print edition, it will be because it has already been replaced, in terms of reporting, advertising, commentary, and yes, journalism, by (mostly) smaller organizations.

And by definition, I expect a in a no-print city to look and feel infinitely different than it does now, to be a distributed news service, the sum of dozens of tiny parts, a portal to a wide variety of platforms where bits of news pushed out and pulled in.

(Right, so again, these are all the things I’m not going to talk about today. Right. Sure.)

My question, then, is how to support a small, agile, online-only news organization.

In Roanoke, the journalists grouped the pressure points into three categories: How to use Facebook and MySpace as a reporting tool, how to use the sites as a promotional tool and finally, how to balance your personal and professional images.

As a reporting tool, it’s easy to argue that Facebook, MySpace and Twitter instantly connect journalists to stories that in the past would have taken days or weeks to surface. Last year, the Orlando Sentinel discovered a Facebook group devoted to the lack of water at the University of Central Florida’s brand new football stadium. The group provided immediate access to dozens of sources who’d experienced firsthand the opening game in 95-degree heat.

90% of startups fail.

It’s kind of crazy that entrepreneurs think that their vision and their idea is the “right” one.  What qualifies them to know what will work?  Why don’t digital and tech entrepreneurs test their ideas before they waste money and countless hours building a product that’s not needed?  I call this the “me too” syndrome that is so prevalent on the west coast <cough> Silicon Valley…

TweetNews keeps an eye on Yahoo News and compares its headlines with which news stories are culling links on Twitter updates. A story’s popularity amongst the tweeting masses will push it up farther on TweetNews. There’s no landing page full of links, though, just search functionality. You can see the Twitter updates each result is pulling from in a drop-down box, and the absolutely minimal site loads seriously fast.

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I work… | Eu trabalho…

***Se vieram parar aqui a partir do post do Pedro:  este desentendimento foi resolvido em condições***

…I’m just not making any money | …não estou é a ganhar dinheiro
This is a personal rant. I’m pissed off about the way i have been described in a newspaper after my informal Twitter coverage of the Hudson Plane Crash: “Alexandre Gamela, an unemployed journalist”. The impudence!


It is true i’m not working for a company. It is true that i don’t have a fixed income. But i have a job. Well, i have an activity, a few actually, and sometimes they’re profitable, sometimes they’re not.  Most of the time they’re not.

Biggest example: this blog. I wake up everyday at 6 am not because i’m an early riser, but because i have the need to read and write about journalism, learn and share with others the signs that are leading the business into the future. And i do it for free. Where are my earnings? In the reputation i’ve built from my living room, interacting with smart, forward people. Google me and you’ll be able to evaluate that effort.

Do i want a job? You know, the standard concept thing. Yes, if there were any interesting, but in a global current where the word is “lay offs” it’s hard to find any (interesting or not). Here in Portugal there’s a huge offer for internships, 150€ a month, if you’re lucky, i saw an ad offering a 1 year internship for free. Oh the privilege! We have a slavery history, but i think we were the first ones to abolish it. Well, History is easily forgotten.

There is the ocasional ad, that looks like the perfect thing. In hundreds of job applications  i sent in the last years i only made it to three interviews. And i screwed a few. So i stopped answering. I don’t think i’m “too good for it” or “misunderstood”. Maybe the truth is that i’m  not what people want. And most of the times what they offer is not what i want. I’m not a kid. I know what i can and cannot do. And i did too many demeaning jobs to know how hard it is to make money out of something you loathe.

I have my own project. I built – and still am building – a good reputation. Now i want to monetize it. I have a few ideas, that i’ll share soon. Meanwhile, my side gigs should be paying more, i’m broke and in debt. But that’s the sacrifice i’ve been making to achieve my goals. I plan my life in four month periods, so this means if by April i don’t amount to nothing or stop having a positive feedback, i’ll post a fail whale and say goodbye and thanks for all the fish. There are many talented journalists working at gas stations, supermarkets, or waiting on tables. I won’t be alone.

Meanwhile i’ll be working my ass off and take my chances. If you see a job that suits me, well let me know. I like to work with other people, and get paid for it. But meanwhile, do not refer to me as unemployed. I prefer freelancer/entrepreneur. It sounds better.

Isto é um desabafo. Estou lixado pela forma como fui descrito num jornal depois da minha cobertura informal do Acidente no Hudson: “Alexandre Gamela, um jornalista desempregado”. O descaramento!


É verdade que não estou a trabalhar para uma empresa. É verdade que não tenho rendimentos fixos. Mas tenho trabalho. Bem, uma actividade, umas poucas até, e por vezes dão lucro. A maior parte das vezes não.

Maior exemplo: este blog. Eu acordo todos os dias às 6 da manhã não por ser madrugador. mas porque preciso de ler e escrever sobre jornalismo, aprender e partilhar com outros os sinais que mostram o caminho para o futuro . E faço-o de borla. Onde estão os meus ganhos? Na reputação que construí a partir da minha sala, interagindo com pessoas inteligentes, de vanguarda. Procurem-me no Google e digam se vale a pena.

Se eu quero um emprego? Sabem, nos moldes tradicionais. Sim, se houvesse algo que interessasse, mas numa corrente global onde a palavra de ordem é “despedimentos” é difícil encontrar um (interessante ou não). Cá existe uma oferta enorme de estágios a 150€ por mês,se tiverem sorte, vi um anúncio para estagiar um ano de borla. Ui o privilégio! Temos um passado de escravatura, mas creio que fomos os primeiros a aboli-la. Mas a História é facilmente esquecida.

De vez em quando lá aparece um anúncio que parece perfeito. Em centenas de candidaturas que enviei nos últimos anos só consegui três entrevistas e espalhei-me em algumas. Por isso não respondo a mais nenhum. Não porque ache que sou “demasiado bom” ou “incompreendido”. Talvez eu não seja aquilo que as empresas procuram, a maioria das vezes eu não quero o que elas oferecem. Não sou um miúdo, eu sei o que posso e não posso fazer. E tive demasiados empregos maus para saber como é mau fazer dinheiro em algo que odiamos.

Eu tenho o meu próprio projecto. Construí – e ainda estou a construir- uma boa reputação. Agora quero rentabilizá-la. Tenho algumas ideias, que partilharei em breve. Entretanto, estou teso e cheio de dívidas. Mas esse é o sacrifício que tenho feito para atingir os meus objectivos. Eu planeio a minha vida para os quatro meses seguintes, por isso se em Abril eu não conseguir nada ou deixar de ter feedback positivo, posto aqui uma fail whale e digo adeus e saúdinha. Há muitos jornalistas talentosos em estações de serviço, supermercados, ou a servir às mesas. Não estarei sozinho.

Entretanto, vou trabalhar muito e arriscar. Se virem um emprego para mim, bem, avisem. Gosto de trabalhar com pessoas e ser pago por isso. Mas entretanto, não me descrevam como “desempregado”. Prefiro freelancer / empreendedor. Soa muito melhor.

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Responsibility | Responsabilidade

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122 laid off in portuguese media cuts | 122 despedidos em cortes da Controlinveste

Myths, Half-Truths, and Other Freelance Lies

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Links for today | Links para hoje

Pew Research Center

I bet most of that “online” news is really the work of existing newspapers (newsbrands) who operate online. That’s actually good news. It means that collectively, newspapers are MORE popular than television as a source for news.

As I’ve already said, it’s time to monetize it.

While a great deal of what I write here is underinformed speculation, this piece is unusually speculative and underinformed. It’s possible that I’m flat out wrong about the idea I’m developing here. I’m putting it forward with the hopes that folks will react with examples and data that help prove or disprove this theory. Being told that I’m unambigiously wrong with good data demonstrating my error would be very helpful. Simply being told I’m wrong – less helpful.

You’ve heard about the housing bubble. And the dot-com bubble. I’m here to tell you about The Journalism Bubble.

Anybody who’s paying attention to the state of journalism in the US is aware of the financial crisis facing the news industry. And there’s wide agreement on the cause of the crisis: advertising revenue for print and broadcast is declining, and advertising revenue for internet offerings is not rising fast enough to make up the difference.

That’s true.

It’s also a completely inadequate explanation for the waves of layoffs, bankruptcies, and outright closures of news organizations.

There is a journalism bubble. And the bubble has burst.

Tribune Co. and the New York Daily News* are looking at closing their foreign bureaus and outsourcing international coverage, The Wall Street Journal says. The beneficiaries would be the Washington Post and a Boston-based startup called GlobalPost. Under the arrangement being discussed by Tribune Co. and the Washington Post, Tribune would contract with the Post for international stories to be delivered to its portfolio of newspapers and would close dozens of foreign offices, saving the bankrupt company millions each year. There’s no word on how much of that coverage would be unique to Tribune, but that’s presumably an issue in the talks. The two companies have long had an alliance via a joint news service.

Adopt new technologies and workflows to make news production more efficient. Many traditional news organizations have redundant production processes for their traditional (print or broadcast) product and the Web. These must be consolidated.

Distribute professionally created content through as many channels as possible. Stories must go out in print, on the air, online, via mobile technology — and yes, on the Kindle or another “iTunes for news.” When appropriate, news organizations could share the cost of content creation with other news organizations. The Miami Herald and Poynter’s St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, for instance, already collaborate to pay for coverage of the Florida state capital.

Williams highlighted the need to find a way to “make journalism happen where it’s needed, when it’s needed, and then redeploy elsewhere when things change.”  Poynter writer Amy Gahran elaborated on the idea of a “cadre of general assignment reporters, ready to work on whatever needed doing.” It is essentially a development of the idea of stringers and freelancers, but she believes it could be an interesting complement to traditional news outlets, and takes it a step further, envisaging a situation where various kinds of organisations, not just news, could purchase reporting capacity.

If newspapers were to die, Pratt believes that we would lose all objectivity – on the Internet, he says ‘it seems that reality can be created and spun’.  ‘Hysterical’ predictions about print’s imminent demise to him signal the exact reason that we need it to stay, to present facts as facts and for the ‘check and balance that news organisations strive to provide’.

This page is intended to be a collaborative style guide for online sub-editors, including useful tips.

Some journalism academics may be even more scared of new technology and more resistant to change than the worst print “dinosaurs” working in media today. But Web 2.0 has made getting online so simple that there are no more excuses for being disconnected. While some reporters see journalism education as a potential refuge from the rapid pace of change in the 21st century digital newsroom, journalism schools should in fact be among the first places to adapt to new technology if they’re to train the journalists of tomorrow and remain relevant today.

I have been working to integrate blogs and other social media into my teaching, but traditional academia’s inherent resistance to educational experimentation — as well as fears around defamation litigation, autonomous student publication, and public relations fallout — can make embracing the journalism of the digital age even more difficult in the classroom than in the newsroom.

Fit for purpose

Put all those things together and the only viable strategy for getting video in your newsroom now is point-and-shoot. It’s responsive, cheap and easy to implement and the kind of video produced – short clip content, illustrative video and vignettes of action – is best suited to the embedded style we see on news sites.

That doesn’t mean I’m ditching the idea that a quality video strategy has lost.  It isn’t a betamax Vs. VHS type thing. Those that invested in the training and development of that strategy will always get good results from it.  Those who just bought lots of kit and left the newsroom to it will have already put the camera in a cupboard.

News article about the live coverage of a political congress using Twitter, by Parlamento Global’s journalists.

Artigo que fala da cobertura do congresso do CDS, através do Twitter pelos jornalistas do Parlamento Global.

As novas tecnologias tomaram conta da política e a Internet tornou-se um veículo para transmitir mensagens e não só. O 23º congresso do CDS, nas Caldas da Rainha, foi um bom exemplo disso. Além de ser transmitido ao minuto através do site Parlamento Global, foram vários os presentes que partilharam com os seus «seguidores» no twitter tudo o que estava a acontecer.

Twitter & Cover It Live

Twitter & Cover It Live

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Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana

A very interesting way to present information by Kevin Sablan. Uma forma muito interessante de apresentar informação por Kevin Sablan.
Hudson crash, lifestreamedUS Airways flight 1549

Hudson crash, lifestreamed US Airways flight 1549

I used storytlr to gather feeds from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo to create this aggregated “story” about yesterday’s crash of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson river. The links are “hot”, so click when you see blue.

Storytlr calls itself  a “platform to build the centralized you.” Although intended to tell one person’s story, it does a fine job of pulling together bits of information from various “citizens” to create one story.

But this morning I got a missive from an employee at one of the cable news networks, who tells me I’ve got it all wrong. Speed is nice, but these days, there are other considerations that are much more important for media companies:

It’s not the speed of Twitter photo that’s remarkable. It’s that it’s FREE. In the past, we would have got that pic from one of the agencies. We didn’t need anything from the agencies yesterday. Anything we couldn’t get from our own crews, people sent us FOR FREE.”

See? Who says old media has been slow to adapt to the Web?

The way we read the news is changing, so it only makes sense that the way we follow the news should change as well. Even relatively new news aggregators like Google News seem antiquated compared to these game-changing tools.

Twitter…what is it good for? It turns out this little service is good for a whole lot of things, despite the loud objections of people who’ve never really tried it. Even among true believers, though, it’s been hard to figure out how this much loved company is going to afford to stay alive. How will Twitter make money?
A number of people noticed a new change made to Twitter today that could show just how it’s going to happen. Of course this is just speculation, but we believe it’s a pretty good guess that this could be what goes down.Journalism ethics 2.0: As the Internet changes the market, some conventions must change as well

The practice of journalism is an act of service. But if we are going to be able to continue to serve our audience, we will need to change some of the conventions and assumptions we’ve brought to our practice if they now stand in the way of our ability to serve. What good are conventions designed a generation ago to protected our public image if following them today leaves us with a shrinking audience and no advertisers to support us?

Here are three widely quoted tenets of traditional journalism ethics that I believe journalists must change in order to remain relevant in a more competitive online information market.

The old rule: You can’t cover something in which you are personally involved.

The new rule: Tell your readers how you are involved and how that’s shaped your reporting.

Have you seen these New York Times slideshows? They’re silky smooth, technical wonders of multimedia interactivity and journalism. We’re moving way beyond the basics of text and pictures and really starting to take advantage of the capabilities of the internet as an entirely new news medium.

And you know what?

I shouldn’t be able to experience that for free. New, amazing technologies and presentation and graphics and whizzits and whatsits and mobile audio this and that—they should all be provided as services to a paying audience.

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Twitter Power

"Prevail Whale" by lemasney

"Prevail Whale" by lemasney

If there were any doubts about the power of Twitter as a communication tool and channel for breaking news, well, yesterday they were reduced to ashes. The Hudson Plane Crash incident proved (once again) that the Twitter mojo is strong.

There are a few good reasons to have worked so well: it was a midday incident in a densely crowded city, where every inhabitant has a portable communication device (a.k.a. cellphone), and many use the blue bird channel. So, in just few minutes after the plane went down, there were dozens of common New Yorkers that witnessed the event being retweeted and publishing photographs way before the mainstream media got hold of  the event. And why? The magic word here is “network”.

I knew about it through a @scobleizer tweet and almost immediatly through @breakingnewson and @fox40. The most effective at first was Robert Scoble’s tweets, that was taking advantage of his huge  Twitter network for gathering information (over 20,000), and pass it on to his followers (almost 50,000). It was word of mouth at the  speed of light! Among official updates, the timelines were filled with retweets for links to pictures from the scene, taken by the people on the shores of the Hudson, and on the ferries that went pick up the plane passengers!!! You just couldn’t get closer than that.

Se haviam dúvidas sobre o poder do Twitter como ferramenta de comunicação e canal para notícias de última hora, ontem foram reduzidas a pó. O incidente do Avião que Caiu no Hudson provou (mais uma vez) que a magia do Twitter é forte.

Há algumas razões para que tenha corrido tão bem: foi um incidente em pleno dia numa cidade densamente povoada, onde cada habitante tem um dispositivo móvel de comunicação (telemóvel), e onde muitos usam o canal do pássaro azul. Assim, apenas alguns minutos depois do avião ter caído,  dezenas de nova iorquinos que testemunharam o acontecimento estava a ser retweetados e a publicar fotos muito antes dos media tradicionais terem noção do que se passava. Porquê? A palavra mágica aqui é “rede”.

Soube de tudo por um tweet do @scobleizer,  seguido imediamente por outros do @breakingnewson e @fox40. O mais eficiente ao início foi o Robert Scoble, que estava atirar proveito da sua enorme rede de contactos no Twitter para recolher informação (ele segue mais de 20 mil utilizadores) e divulgá-la (quase 50 mil seguidores). É passar a palavra à velocidade da luz! Entre actualizações oficiais, as timelines estavam cheias de retweets para links de fotos do local, tiradas por pessoas nas margens do Hudson, e nos ferrys que foram resgatar os passageiros do avião!!! Era impossível estar mais perto.

Paulo Querido - O acidente de Nova Iorque acompanhado por um jornalista no Twitter

Janis Krums on an iPhone @ Twitpic

I began retweeting all the information available as soon as it happened, and  put my network up to speed on the event. And I was across the ocean, in my living room. Some used that effort of mine (and others) very well, like the  portuguese public television news cable channel – RTPN – that has a great Twitter presence. On a late night schedule, they turned to their network to provide them with pictures, video and maps of the crash. By crowdsourcing that work, they went beyond the live streams of distant shots of the airplane in the water surrounded by ferries.  They quickly found pictures and other visual data to show on air, as the situation unfolded. And it all only took one hour from beggining to end.

My small part delivering the information to my network, and through it, to all the networks that each one of them encompasses, got me thinking about a few items on my “Changes in Journalist’s Role” list:

4-A journalist must network.

It had to before, but there were geographical limitations, social and economical factors , and a whole sort of real world constraints. Online, the limit is in the number and the value of the contacts one has.(…)

9-A journalist is more a traffic cop than a private investigator.

Or even better:  there will be more traffic cops than private investigators.. .I’m sorry to destroy a romantic image of journalism, but there will be less Humphrey Bogarts, the rise in the volume of information will demand for more traffic managers. Their role will be essential to guide the masses in the search for information.(…)

10-A journalist is a DJ.

Remixes and makes the news flow coherent.

It was an excellent opportunity to apply Paul Bradshaw’s breaking news model. And another thought: we must be aware of all the ways we can present information on the fly, and have improvisation skills. Do you like Jazz? Start playing it. Robert Scoble tweeted just now -as i write this- he should have done things differently yesterday. Soon there will be another chance to test other ways to deliver and connect the dots of data.

This was  a great experience, for two reasons:  thanks to the pilot’s skills no one was really harmed in the crash, and it was professionally challenging and compensating for me. I’m not working for anyone nowadays , but i acted as a journalist for my network, which is my primary audience. My work was praised, and i got new followers. And most of all, i had a lot of fun.

Comecei a fazer retweets da informação disponível assim que aconteceu, e pus a minha rede a par do que se passava. E eu estava do outro lado do oceano , na minha sala. Alguns aproveitaram este meu esforço (e de outros) muito bem, como a RTPN, que usa muito bem o Twitter . Num horário tardio, eles viraram-se para a sua rede de contactos para os ajudar a encontrar fotografias, video e mapas do acidente. Ao recorrerem ao seu público para esse trabalho, eles foram além da transmissão em directo de imagens distantes do avião na água rodeado de ferrys. Rapidamente encontraram fotografias e outra informação visual para mostrar em directo, à medida que a situação se desenrolava. E tudo demorou uma hora, do início ao fim.

A minha modesta participação em distribuir a informação pela minha rede e, através dela, para todas as outras que elas comportam, fez-me pensar  sobre alguns itens da minha lista de “Mudanças no Papel dos Jornalistas“:

4-Um jornalista tem que estar em rede.

Já antes estava, mas era uma rede social limitada por factores geográficos, círculos sociais e económicos, todas os constrangimentos do mundo real. Online, a limitação está no número de contactos que se tem.(…)

9-Um jornalista é mais polícia de trânsito do que investigador privado.

Ou melhor: vão haver cada vez mais polícias de trânsito do que investigadores privados. Desculpem destruir uma imagem romântica do jornalismo, mas os Humphrey Bogarts serão cada vez mais raros, pelo volume de informação serão precisos mais polícias de trânsito. O seu papel é fundamental na orientação das massas na busca de informação.(…)

10-Um jornalista é um DJ.

Remistura e torna coerente o fluxo informativo.

Foi uma excelente oportunidade para aplicar o modelo de breaking news do Paul Bradshaw. E outra ideia: temos que saber que formas podemos usar para apresentar a informação no momento, e saber improvisar. Gostam de Jazz? Aprendam a tocar. O Robert Scoble tweetou agora mesmo -quando escrevo isto- que devia ter feito as coisas de outra forma. Em breve teremos outra oportunidade para testar diferentes maneiras  de distribuir e ligar os pontos de informação.

Foi uma boa experiência,por duas razões: graças à perícia do piloto ninguém se magoou a sério no acidente, e profissionalmente foi um desafio compensador para mim. Eu não estou a trabalhar para ninguém neste momento, mas fui jornalista para a minha rede, que é o meu público principal. O meu trabalho foi louvado, e ganhei novos seguidores. E acima de tudo, diverti-me.

Read also | Leiam também:

Social media in the Hudson River plane crash

Video of the flightpath

Googlemap: Flighpath | Rota do avião

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Local mistakes revisited | Erros no local revisitados

New layout, old mistakes | Novo aspecto, erros antigos

New layout, old mistakes | Novo aspecto, erros antigos

Last April i wrote a post about the policy of one of the biggest regional newspapers in my residence area, and how it was plain online suicide. Back then i also said it was a great opportunity for the competition. Well, it was not well taken.

Diário de Coimbra’s website got a facelift, but let me count the ways it was just a skin deep operation.

1-The announcement of the makeover is made on a post dated from January 2nd. Two weeks later, the transition still continues, with lots of features not working yet. Poor planning or a taste for improvising?

2-The change in the layout is poor,and it has the image-reflected-equals-2.0 vibe. Useless, and ugly.

3- In the new visible features we have a Sapo news scroller (which i believe to be a part of an arrangement between the portal and news outlets) and a audio player to listen to a local radio. That’s as far multimedia goes. And a weather thingy.

4-Readers can sign in,though i really don’t know what they get by doing it. The interaction resumes to comments, polls, and a brand new (inactive) forum.

5-They’re using Joomla, a CMS i know rather well, and use all the time in my part time occupation as a website builder. With the proper planning i’d build this website in three days, with a better looking template, and it would cost them around 500€.  It would be up and running after one week. Devising a strategy for the online would cost about as much,if i was the one doing it (my fees are low for now). I wonder how did it cost this new look.

6-Diário de Coimbra belongs to a larger group that includes local radios, as we’ve seen before, and three other newspapers: Diário de Aveiro, Diário de Leiria, Diário de Viseu. Click through to see which one is getting a makeover too. Instead of using one website, that would use cookies to define which local version would appear to each user, they have four different , separate versions for each one of them. This is not a cost effective solution, and it is not taking advantage of the editorial possibilities since these newspapers  cover close realities and markets, but the news can only be found in the respective websites, instead of crossing over into the others.

7-Good things: a RSS icon (though i bet they didn’t know what’s the use for it) , and the will to renew their web presence. It’s a pity that this will is mislead. Fine feathers make fine birds, but nothing is fine here. There’s nothing new, there’s no strategy, just the inability to understand how media is evolving.

About the other newspaper that made me write the first post, well, nothing has changed really. But i believe i’ll be doing some posting about it soon…

Em Abril passado, escrevi um post sobre a política de um dos maiores regionais da minha área de residência, e como era simplesmente suicídio. Nessa altura também disse que era uma grande oportunidade para a concorrência. Pelos vistos, mal aproveitada.

O site do Diário de Coimbra foi renovado, mas deixem-me vos explicar como continua tudo na mesma.

1- O anúncio da renovação vem num post datado de 2 de Janeiro. Duas semanas mais tarde, a transição ainda continua, com muitas aplicações ainda sem funcionar. Falta de planeamento  ou feito em cima do joelho?

2- A mudança gráfica é pobre, e usa o conceito da imagem-reflectida-para-parecer-2.0. Inútil e feio.

3- Nas novas aplicações visíveis temos um scroller de notícias da Sapo (creio eu que ao abrigo de um acordo entre o portal e o jornais regionais) e um leitor áudio para ouvir uma rádio local. É o multimédia que há. E uma coisa para o tempo.

4-Os leitores podem fazer inscrever-se no site, mas não sei o que ganham com isso. A interacção resume-se aos comentários, sondagens, e um novíssimo (e inactivo) fórum.

5- Eles estão a usar o Joomla, um CMS que conheço bastante bem e que uso na mior parte das vezes no meu parte-time como trolha de websites. Com a devida planificação, fazia este site em três dias, com um template mais catita, por 500€. Ficava pronto a funcionar ao fim de uma semana. Definir uma estratégia para o online custava-lhes outro tanto, se fosse eu a fazê-la (ainda levo barato). Nem imagino quanto custou este novo look.

6-O Diário de Coimbra pertence a um grupo que inclui uma rádio local, como já vimos e três outros jornais: Diário de Aveiro, Diário de Leiria, Diário de Viseu. Cliquem nos links para ver quem é que está também a ser renovado. Em vez de usarem um só website, que usaria cookies para definir qual das versões locais apareceria para cada utilizador, eles têm quatro versões diferentes e separadas para cada um. Esta não é uma solução financeiramente eficaz, já que estes jornais cobrem realidades e mercados relativamente próximos, mas as notícias só se encontram nos respectivos websites, em vez de transitar e aparecer nos outros.

7-Coisas boas: um icon de RSS (embora aposte que não saibam para que serve), e a vontade de renovar a sua presença na web. É pena é que essa vontade seja mal orientada. O hábito faz o monge,mas aqui não faz um bom site. Não há nada de novo, não há uma estratégia, só a  incapacidade de compreender como os media estão a evoluir.

Quanto ao outro jornal que provocou o primeiro post, bem, nada mudou entretanto. Mas acredito que irei escrever um post sobre eles em breve…

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Why art thou so hasty and hard to keep up with, o Web? | Porque sois tão difícil de acompanhar, ó Web?

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This is a small doc created by researchers of Information and Communication in Digital Platforms from Porto and Aveiro universities. Citizen journalism, cyberjournalism through the eyes of journalists, citizens and academics, in an interesting nine minute video. In Portuguese.

Este pequeno video foi realizado por um grupo de doutorandos em Informação e Comunicação em Plataformas Digitais das Universidades de Aveiro e Porto. Jornalismo participativo e ciberjornalismo na visão de jornalistas, cidadãos e académicos, em nove minutos interessantes.

By Megan Taylor

For the last couple of days I’ve been reading through’s The Ultimate Guide to Creating Online Video Content That Works.

The article comes in two parts, the first concentrating on paying attention to your existing and potential audience, and the challenges that both media companies and independent content creators face. The second part discusses video production quality long-form vs short-form video.

They also interviewed “content decision makers” and “content creators” for input.

First of all, they admit that making online video successful is an art, not a science.

As journalism evolves, so do the tools journalists come to depend on. While the Internet can’t provide all the resources a good reporter needs, it does offer a number of them that can make a journalist’s job easier and more productive.

The following web services have become an integral part of the evolving toolkit for the modern journalist: (…)

I have written a piece for PBS Mediashift on why I believe that blogging deserves a place on a journalism curriculum.

The blogs are now live and cover a broad range of topics, from Canadian foreign policy to spirituality to Latin American culture.

Teaching someone to blog might sound odd.  My approach is to consider blogs as a delivery system that may or may not contain journalism.

I use newspapers as a comparison. Tabloids such as The Daily Star or The Sun in the UK are very different to The Times or The Guardian.  They are all newspapers, but have distinctly different content.

What makes a blog a “blog” are the social and cultural practices that have developed alongside this new web-based delivery system. In other words, the technology and history of blogs has resulted in certain generic conventions, much like the evolution of print led to a set of conventions.

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We are proud to announce Ubiquity 0.1.5. Since the last major update, Ubiquity has gained a sleeker look and a smarter, more stable core. Ubiquity has also gained the ability to be skinned: anyone who knows how to write standards-complaint CSS can now create and share a custom Ubiquity skin.

  • Beautiful: Ubiquity has a new look that increases its visual simplicity and lays the groundwork for full keyboard access.

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