Arquivo de Março, 2009


Links for today – with questions! | Links para hoje – com perguntas!

NEW YORK — The Huffington Post said Sunday that it will bankroll a group of investigative journalists, directing them at first to look at stories about the nation’s economy.

The popular Web site is collaborating with The Atlantic Philanthropies and other donors to launch the Huffington Post Investigative Fund with an initial budget of $1.75 million. That should be enough for 10 staff journalists who will primarily coordinate stories with freelancers, said Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.

Work that the journalists produce will be available for any publication or Web site to use at the same time it is posted on The Huffington Post, she said.

Q: Why will this never happen in Europe? | P: Porque é que isto nunca irá acontecer na Europa?

Want to know how an awesome piece of online multimedia/interactive journalism is put together?

Press Play

Press Play

Look no further than than the Wisconsin State Journal, and a brief behind-the-scenes report into the production of their “Silent Shame” series on elderly abuse.

Depending on whom you ask, citizen journalism is either pushing journalism forward or is unaccountable vigilantism. Either way, it is shaping the way we consume our news.

Surely ordinary citizens were documenting and discussing news events before the advent of the internet but what separates citizen journalism from pure observation is the use of the net as an avenue to either aid or circumvent traditional media outlets and spread the news independently. Average Joes can take their own photos, record their own video and recount a story through blogs or other social media, often more quickly than a media organization can begin to report and in a more organic way than is usually presented by mainstream media.

The following is a timeline of events in which ordinary citizens shaped the news, followed by an analog description of each landmark moment.

Q:Is there really a “citizen Journalism”? I can’t answer, some say i’m unfit to comment on this. Check this excellent list, it will become a part of Journalism History books.

P:Existe realmente um “Jornalismo do Cidadão”? Não posso responder,há quem me ache inapto para me pronunciar sobre o assunto. Vejam esta excelente lista, vai fazer parte dos livros de História do Jornalismo.

The leaked DNA test on 13-year-old alleged dad Alfie Patten has revealed a big problem with court-ordered reporting restrictions in the internet age. (NB This is a cut down version of a much longer original post on blogging and reporting restrictions).

Court orders forbidding publication of certain facts apply only to people or companies who have been sent them. But this means there is nothing to stop bloggers publishing material that mainstream news organisations would risk fines and prison for publishing.

Even if a blogger knows that there is an order, and so could be considered bound by it, an absurd catch 22 means they can’t found out the details of the order – and so they risk contempt of court and prison.

Despite the obvious problem the Ministry of Justice have told me they have no plans to address the issue.

Q:Where to draw the line? | P:Onde se deve traçar a linha?

I‘ve been arguing for some time that journalists need to embrace the best elements of social media — going beyond the new media and multimedia elements of the craft developed over the past 15 years to develop a true conversation about the news with members of their communities.

In the past few weeks I’ve begun plying the waters to see who’s begun to take advantage of the new social tools now available to all of us, in preparation for an online course I’ll be giving, along with Paul Gillin and Michele McLellan, at the Poynter Institute’s News U. starting next month about how news organizations can incorporate social media in their news offerings. (The lessons are equally applicable to corporations, government agencies, nonprofits and other institutions.)

Q:How is your newspaper using it? | P: Como é que o vosso jornal está a usá-lo?

The U.S. newspaper industry was already facing numerous challenges before the economy took a nosedive, but the latest data from the Newspaper Association of America shows that the current economic climate has only exacerbated the already dire state of the American newspaper industry. Specifically, total newspaper advertising revenue fell 16.6% in 2008. Classifieds advertising, which is under a lot of pressure from online ventures like Craigslist, fell almost 30%, and real estate classifieds fell 38%.

Q: Craigslist is not to blame in Portugal. Whose fault is it then? | P: O Craigslist não tem expressão em Portugal. Então de quem é a culpa?

At the crossroad of old journalism and new media, digital news entrepreneurs—some at Web-only operations, others expanding the reach of storytelling on the Web—lead us on voyages of discovery into new media. From MinnPost to MediaStorm, these entities are using visual media, interactivity and social media to watchdog government abuse and the justice system, identify environmental dangers, and tell enduring stories. In doing so, they illuminate possibilities. In our continuing 21st Century Muckrakers series, our spotlight turns to investigative reporting about medical and health issues. Firsthand reporting experiences testify forcefully to the essential, yet challenging, role journalists play in alerting us to harmful situations. —Melissa Ludtke, Editor

In a post titled “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable,” Clay Shirky, who teaches interactive telecommunications at New York University, makes what many would consider a heretical statement: “Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism.” It’s clear the newspaper business will never be the same. Here are five best practices publishers should consider to increase their odds of survival

Q: Taking notes? | P: Estão a tomar nota?

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Convention Conclusions | Conclusões da Convenção

My panel | O meu painel

My panel | O meu painel

As you might know, i went to Guimarães this weekend to participate in the 2nd Journalists Convention  organized by the  Guimarães Press Office, a local journalists association. These were two great days, with great people and good conversations about journalism. Here’s a short account of the Convention.

This was just my second event of the kind. All of the speakers in this convention are working for local or national media (hell, i was the only one unemployed), and there was a valuable combined working experience. But that was the purpose, to reflect upon journalism based on practice, rather than on possibilities and theories – which is also extremely important and necessary. It’s a matter of perspective.

What surprised me was the fact that many of the issues that came up during the debates and presentations were the same i wanted to talk about in my presentation: the need to humanize journalism, it’s social importance, the change in the relationship between media and audience, the role of journalists, questions i find more philosophical than technological (though related). The theme for the convention was change, but what i heard the most was the need to go back to the basics of the job, no matter what the technology available, should it be a computer or a roadside blackboard. Trust between media and audience, between journalists and their sources, was also on the table a few times. Since a huge part of the audience were Journalism students, there was pedagogical value in some interventions.

Though i enjoyed and learned a lot from every speaker, I really liked to listen to Miguel Carvalho, of the portuguese magazine Visão, who is a young, yet old fashioned reporter, that prefers the streets to computers. This could mean a huge gap between our points of view (i’m on the geek side as you know) , but not really. For both of us it’s the story that matters, the importance of the Other, the value of the information and it’s human consequences. And besides being a great writer, he is a funny guy. Everyone was, i had a great time during the breaks, where we exchanged our points of view, and quickly digressed from journalism to other unrelated topics (or is the new portuguese Playboy magazine  journalism related ?).

When it came to my turn to make my presentation Saturday morning i was quite comfortable with my audience. The  main subject was “Journalism and Technology”, and i was set to briefly explain how we went from mass media to social media, but how the responsibility of journalism in building a social conscience  is still the same. I got on the wrong foot (i was a bit nervous, which made me skip a liaison part of my presentation so i started rambling), but i got myself together. I was open to comments during my presentation, and i asked a few questions to the audience, with quick polls. I hate reading stuff out loud, and  i feel this sort of interaction worked. It was different, at least. My fellow speakers for this panel were Paulo Querido and Luís Miguel Loureiro, which are in opposite sides of the spectrum of the discussion on Technology and Journalism, but there was no real disagreement, both have different yet valid views. That is really important, diversity. They were very supportive of me (thanks guys!),  and we held the longest debate of the  convention, we delayed the workgroups a bit, but it was worth it. Unfortunately i had to leave in the afternoon, so i wasn’t there for the closing.

I have to thank the organization of the convention, especially Samuel Silva and Paulo Machado, who so generously invited and received me in Guimarães. I hope i was up to the expectations, and added value to the event. They know that can count on me for anything.

All in all it was a great couple of days, i made some new contacts, got to know a few people “in real life”,  had a lot of positive feedback on my work, and though i’m somewhat an outsider, i felt like at home. There’s nothing better i could  say about it.

Como alguns de vocês sabem, fui a Guimarães participar na 2ª Convenção de Jornalistas organizada  pelo Gabinete de Imprensa de Guimarães. Foram dois dias excelentes, com gente valiosa e óptimas conversas sobre jornalismo. Aqui fica uma pequena impressão sobre a Convenção.

Este foi apenas o meu segundo evento do género. Todos os oradores nesta convenção trabalham para orgãos de comunicação locais ou nacionais (bem, eu era o único desempregado!), e havia uma enorme experiência combinada. Mas esse era o objectivo, reflectir sobre o jornalismo de um ponto de vista mais prático do que teórico – apesar de isso ser também extremamente importante e necessário.  É uma questão de perspectiva.

O que me surpreendeu foi que muitos dos assuntos que surgiram nos debates e apresentações eram os mesmos que queria falar na minha apresentação: a necessidade de humanizar o jornalismo, a sua importância social, a mudança na relação entre os média e o público, o papel dos jornalistas, questões mais filosóficas que tecnológicas (mas relacionadas). O tema da convenção era a mudança, mas o que eu ouvi foi a necessidade de voltar ao básico da profissão, independentemente da tecnologia disponível, seja um computador ou uma ardósia à beira da estrada. A confiança, entre os média e o público, os jornalistas e as fontes, também esteve em cima da mesa algumas vezes. E como grande parte da audiência eram estudantes de Jornalismo, houve um valor pedagógico presente em algumas das apresentações.

Apesar de ter aprendido com cada apresentação,  gostei muito de ouvir o Miguel Carvalho, da Visão, que sendo novo, é um repórter à moda antiga, que prefere as ruas aos computadores. Isto podia significar uma distância enorme entre os nossos pontos de vista (eu vivo no lado geek da coisa como sabem), mas nem por isso. Para nós é a história que importa, é a importância do Outro, o valor da informação e as suas consequências humanas. E para além de ser um grande escritor, é um tipo divertido. Aliás, toda a gente era, passei bons bocados nos intervalos, onde trocávamos ideias e rapidamente passávamos para outros assuntos não relacionados com Jornalismo (a não ser que a nova versão portuguesa da Playboy conte…).

Quando chegou a minha vez de fazer a minha apresentação no Sábado de manhã, estava bastante confortável com o meu público. O assunto era “Jornalismo e Tecnologia”, e o meu objectivo era dar uma breve explicação sobre como passámos dos mass média para os média sociais, mas como a responsabilidade do jornalismo em construir uma consciência social se mantém. Entrei com o pé esquerdo (estava um bocado nervoso e acabei por saltar uma parte de ligação por isso dei por mim a divagar), mas lá me recompus. Estava aberto ao diálogo durante o meu discurso, e fiz algumas perguntas ao público, com rápidas sondagens. Detesto ler em voz alta para outras pessoas, e acho que este tipo de interacção resultou. Pelo menos foi diferente. Os meus colegas de painel eram o Paulo Querido e o Luís Miguel Loureiro, que estão em lados diferentes da discussão sobre tecnologia e jornalismo, mas não havia um desacordo real, ambas as perspectivas são válidas. Isso é realmente importante, a diversidade. Eles apoiaram-me imenso (obrigado!), e acabámos por manter o debate mais longo da Convenção, acabando por atrasar os grupos de trabalho um bocado, mas valeu a pena. Infelizmente não pude assistir ao encerramento de tarde, porque tive que me ir embora durante a tarde.

Tenho que agradecer à organização, em especial ao Samuel Silva e ao Paulo Machado, que generosamente me convidaram e tão bem me receberam em Guimarães. Espero ter estado à altura das expectativas, e ter contribuído com algo extra para o evento. Eles sabem que podem contar comigo para o que for preciso.

No fim de contas foram dois dias excelentes, fiz novos contactos, conheci algumas pessoas “na vida real”, tive muito feedback positivo sobre o meu trabalho, e apesar de ser um outsider, senti-me como se estivesse em casa. E não há nada melhor que possa dizer sobre isto.

Mesa redonda “O jornalismo e as novas tecnologias” debate desafios à profissão, Gabinete de Imprensa de Guimarães

Alexandre Gamela, jornalista freelancer, começou por afirmar que há uma “mudança de paradigma trazido pela tecnologia” que, nos últimos anos, democratizou o acesso à tecnologia e criou possibilidades de existência de novos conteúdos para além dos media tradicionais. O boom dos blogues deu origem a “novas vozes, novos mercados e novos públicos”. Gamela deu o exemplo do Twitter para reforçar a ideia de “diálogo constante” entre utilizadores, afirmando que esta é uma ferramenta de “cristalização da comunicação relacional”.

O fenómeno das redes sociais na Internet é, segundo Alexandre Gamela, importante para difundir notícias na hora, passando os órgãos de comunicação social a ser o destino dos conteúdos. O freelancer terminou dizendo que o jornalismo “não é uma linha de montagens”, pois lida com pessoas, causas e consequências. “É preciso ter consciência de que há um lado humano” nas histórias jornalísticas, defendeu.

Jornalismo “não é linha de montagens”, ComUM

No segundo dia da Convenção, “Jornalismo e Novas Tecnologias” foram o ponto de partida para uma mesa redonda com a participação de Luís Miguel Loureiro, Paulo Querido e Alexandre Gamela. O primeiro, jornalista da RTP, referiu os mitos e a realidade acerca das novas tecnologias e assumiu-se como uma “vítima” dessas. Para o profissional da comunicação, o “controlo” das ferramentas por parte do jornalista é essencial para “fazer jornalismo”.

O freelancer Alexandre Gamela afirmou que o jornalismo “não é uma linha de montagens”, uma vez que lida com pessoas e causas. Realçando o “lado humano” das histórias, Gamela referiu a ‘explosão’ dos blogues como originadora de “novas vozes, novos mercados e novos públicos”. Paulo Querido, colaborador do Expresso e igualmente freelancer, desafiou o auditório a definir o que é ser jornalista e concluiu que “é aquilo que cada um quer”. Reprovando o mito do jornalista multimédia, que tem de dominar todas as ferramentas, Querido defendeu que o jornalista não tem de ser multimédia mas sim de aproveitar as potencialidades dadas pela Internet, tentando adaptar-se.

Convenção de Jornalistas – IV, A Devida Comédia

Alexandre Gamela, um dos mais criativos bloggers deste País – autor do fantástico The Lake – considerou já estar em voga um conceito que se poderia designar de DJ Jornalista que, tal como um DJ, vai gerindo conteúdos. Porém, avisou, “o jornalismo não é uma linha de montagem”. E se é certo que o jornalismo não vai salvar o mundo, a verdade é que “uma sociedade mais informada e responsável é capaz de tomar melhores decisões”.

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“i” promo

Click image to watch | Clique na imagem para ver

Click image to watch | Clique na imagem para ver

This the promo website for the new “i” newspaper. Looks promising.

Esta é a promo para o novo jornal “i”. Para já promete.

Related posts | Posts relacionados

Novo diário no horizonte

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Out for some days | Fora por uns dias

I’ll be away for a couple of days to participate in the 2nd Journalist’s Convention in Guimarães. I was kindly invited to participate Saturday morning in a debate about how technology has changed journalism, so i’m antecipating a great time.

This will also be a chance to change the setting a bit, i really need it. I haven’t been producing as much as i should and maybe a change will do some good.  I’ll be networking live, which is also good, though i’m trying to be live from the event too, via Twitter. I’ll let you know.

I hope to return in full force next Monday.

Vou estar fora uns dias para participar na 2ª Convenção de Jornalistas em Guimarães. Fui gentilmente convidado para participar numa mesa redonda Sábado de manhã, dedicada a tecnologia e jornalismo, por isso já estou a antecipar um bom bocado.

Esta também é uma boa oportunidade para mudar de ares, que bem preciso. Não tenho produzido tanto como devia e talvez uma mudança venha a calhar. Vou estar a socializar ao vivo, o que também é bom, mas vou tentar estar também em directo do evento, via Twitter. Eu aviso.

Espero voltar em força próxima segunda-feira.


Tema: 10 anos depois: o que mudou?

Data: 27 e 28 de Março de 2009

Local: Centro Cultural de Vila Flor (Guimarães)

27 de Março

09h00 – Recepção aos participantes e entrega de documentação

09h30 – Sessão Solene de Abertura

10h00 – Pausa para Café

10h30 – Conferência: “O papel da informação televisiva”

13h00 – Almoço

15 – Primeira Sessão de Grupos de Trabalho

Ciberjornalismo e Multimédia – (Manuel Molinos – Jornal de Notícias)

Jornalismo DesportivoFernando Eurico (Antena 1)

17h00 – Pausa para Café

17h30 – Conferência:

“O lugar da grande reportagem no jornalismo português” – Miguel Carvalho (Visão)

20h00 – Jantar

22h00 – Programa Social

Visita nocturna ao Museu Alberto Sampaio (grátis para participantes)

Espectáculo no Café-Concerto do Centro Cultural de Vila Flor (entrada sem consumo mínimo obrigatório para participantes)

28 de Março

09h30 – Mesa Redonda – O jornalismo e as novas tecnologias

Paulo Querido

Alexandre Gamela

Luís Miguel Loureiro

11h30 – Segunda Sessão de Grupos de Trabalho

A relação dos jornalistas com as fontes de Comunicação

(Pedro Antunes Pereira – Jornal de Notícias)

Jornalismo Local e Regional – Luísa Teresa Ribeiro (coordenadora do Diário do Minho)

13h00 – Almoço

15h00 – Apresentação do estudo O perfil sociológico dos jornalistas portugueses – José Rebelo


18h00 – Apresentação de Conclusões

19h00 – Sessão de Encerramento




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Links for today | Links para hoje

Columbia Journalism School professor Ari Goldman to his freshman students at on their first day of class.

Goldman, a former Times reporter and sixteen-year veteran RW1 professor, described new-media training as “playing with toys,” according to another student, and characterized the digital movement as “an experimentation in gadgetry…”

1. In an Age of Mass Participation, Make News Easier to Make Together

2. In an Age of Data, We Need Easier to Use Visualization Tools

3. In an Age of Mass Information, Make it Easier to Find and Share Investigative Reporting

“Hyperlocal” is an ugly word.

This fad coinage is meant to represent a new discovery, a new way of thinking about journalism: “Hey, gee, we should do some of this local stuff. People might actually like to read about their home towns.”

“Hyperlocal” is ugly because it attempts to rewrite history, ignoring the noble, once-primary role of newspapers — largely forgotten by journalists and publishers in the past several decades — as the concourse for community life.

chaos_scenarioIf you want an excellent summary of how bad it is in medialand, read Bob Garfield’s excellent overview on Advertising Age before it goes behind the subscription wall (If you’re too late, click here). The sky is falling, folks, and it’s not just for newspapers.

Garfield is the author of the forthcoming book, Chaos Scenario (right), and he’s obviously been doing his homework.

Since it’s so rare to find good journalism-related news these days, I thought I would report one of the positive  things I learned from the College Media Advisers conference last week in New York City.

One of the keynote addresses at this conference, attended by journalism students and their professors/adivsors, was by Brian Storm of MediaStorm, who was also incidentally the speaker at my recent Mizzou PhD graduation. Storm is a funny, irreverent, and new media savvy guy, and his small multimedia production studio produces freelance work for the likes of The Washington Post and National Geographic.

(…) In Storm’s view, if you stick to your values,  you’d be surprised by what just might happen.

For the study, AP commissioned a team of anthropologists to follow 18 young individuals around the world and examine their media habits.

“We looked for just regular people,” said Jim Kennedy, Vice President and Director for Strategic Planning at AP. “The only prerequisite was that we wanted them to be digital consumers.”

Anthropologists quickly found that the digital news diet of this age group was very unbalanced, based mostly on ‘facts’ and ‘updates’ – two characteristics of email news. However, as opposed to some editors’ conventional wisdom, the young consumers “wanted more than that. They wanted to find a path to the back story, and they wanted to find a path to what’s going to happen next.”

Don’t have the cash to go to fancy multimedia workshops? Join the club. Maybe this will help.

Online Degree World published a list of free online courses that cover a variety of topics in online media. Go check it out — There are some interesting courses not related to journalism. But here are some online journalism courses you may find interesting.

Here are websites, blogs, and other online work from other staff members from the former Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. Most are starting new ventures after the death of the print edition. I’ll update the list as other projects go live.

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Primary Education 2.0 | Ensino Básico 2.0

"What's your Twitter again?"

"What's your Twitter again?"

According to today’s The Guardian, there is a  curriculum proposal for the primary school in Britain that wants to make children “familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication.”

Should this be surprising? Not at all. E-skills are basic skills nowadays, and the kids have to learn them. But i can hear the row starting already…

De acordo com o The Guardian de hoje, há uma proposta para o programa curricular do ensino básico britânico que quer familiarizar as crianças com “blogs, podcasts, Wikipedia e Twitter, como fontes de informação e meios de comunicação.”

Devia isto ser surpreendente? De todo. Este tipo de conhecimentos são básicos hoje em dia, e os miúdos têm de aprendê-los. Mas já consigo ouvir a discussão a aumentar de volume…

Children will no longer have to study the Victorians or the second world war under proposals to overhaul the primary school curriculum, the Guardian has learned.

However, the draft plans will require children to master Twitter and Wikipedia and give teachers far more freedom to decide what youngsters should be concentrating on in classes.

The proposed curriculum, which would mark the biggest change to primary schooling in a decade, strips away hundreds of specifications about the scientific, geographical and historical knowledge pupils must accumulate before they are 11 to allow schools greater flexibility in what they teach.

The Guardian

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‘How to Write for the Web’: in Portuguese | Em Português

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I had already talked about the spanish edition, now here’s the portuguese version.

Já aqui tinha falado da edição em espanhol, fica agora a tradução para o português.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin has just published a Portuguese-language edition of the e-book How to Write for the Web, written by Colombian journalist Guillermo Franco and translated by Brazilian journalist Marcelo Soares.

How to Write for the Web is the second skills guide for journalists that the Knight Center has published. In December 2007, the Knight Center launched electronic Spanish and Portuguese editions of the e-book Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive, A digital literacy guide for the information age, written by U.S. journalist Mark Briggs.

The Spanish, Portuguese, and English editions of that book can also be downloaded in PDF format for free from the Knight Center’s website. It has been downloaded close to 17,000 times since its publication.

Knight Center for Journalism in Americas

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