Arquivo de Março, 2009



23
Mar
09

Links for today | Links para hoje

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“Wait, i have to Twitter this!”

The funny thing about the new wave of journalism is that news organizations are requiring journalists to learn additional technical skills, but aren’t making the necessary training readily available. In order to be or remain employed in this industry its essential to hunker down and learn some new skills.

The following tutorial sites will take you from journalist to multimedia journalist, something that looks great on any business card.

The New York Post. New York City. November 20, 2002. Photo by Sean Hemmerle.

  • O futuro do jornalismo não é o online, é a Educação, Bitaites

    O jornalismo actual A malta anda muito entretida a especular sobre o futuro do jornalismo em papel e a sua vertente «multimédia», mas o que mais me preocupa é o futuro de uma profissão onde cada vez mais gente escreve «fassam» em vez de façam. Esta é a discussão mais importante, porque a tecnologia em si não resolve nada e certamente não substitui a Educação.

Why do content producers need to be in a physical building? They don’t. Reporters should be out reporting and conducting office hours for the community.

If I’m an editor, I don’t want to see my reporters. If I am seeing them, they are not out being a part of the community. And I really don’t care where editors are located.

They certainly don’t need to be in the same building together. Heck, they don’t even need to all be in the same state or country. Same with Web developers, database journalists, etc. I just want people who are good at what they do and can work with collaborative Web tools.

Instead of laying off employees, news orgs should consider laying off their office buildings. Or at least downsizing them with the idea that workers would show up to this smaller, collaborative-focused newsroom less often.

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20
Mar
09

More on the DN review | Mais sobre o DN

The Lake on today's edition | O Lago na edição de hoje

The Lake on today's edition | O Lago na edição de hoje

Yesterday’s review on the new Diário de Notícias website granted me a space in their print edition. They were analyzing the reactions of readers and bloggers to the makeover, in the centre pages. Cool! To have your name in print is always fun…

But there were other reviews that i take as better than mine. Luís Santos, who writes one of the best portuguese blogs about new media, did a detailed review about DN’s new website, in which he says:

“The new website is light years ahead of the old one. This alone is not saying much,  since the previous website was still deep in the 90’s, but still, it is a noticeable improvement.”

He goes on criticizing the subjects organization, and the slowness of the updating of the news (probably because it was their first day),   though he highlights the new aesthetic as positive.

I had a few comments on my post and on twitter that complained about  the font size (too small), some gaps in the content organization, and the poor navigation. All in all, everyone recognizes that a newspaper with the importance of Diário de Notícias was in need of a makeover.

I bought the newspaper today, and i noticed another detail: in some articles they refer to the website for more online content (see below). I think this is a great idea.

And a final note: when i criticize anything in my blog, i do it according to my experience, my view on the subject, and my knowledge, that grows everyday. My opinion is what it is, and i’m not always right – and that’s a good thing. And if sometimes i sound a bit harsh, it’s because i want to help to improve the current state of things the way i can, and not to put down hard working professionals. I don’t want to hurt nobody’s feelings, but if you can’t take criticism, please, stay at home and hide under your bed. The way is forward, and if you’re going backwards, someone has to let you know. So listen to others, and take what you need. If everyone says it’s ok, we’ll always be stuck in the same place.

Congratulations to the DN team, i hope this is the beginning of a prosperous adventure, and thank you so much for listening and referring my humble opinion.

A minha crítica de ontem ao novo site do Diário de Notícias deu-me um espaço na edição impressa. Eles analisaram as reacções dos leitores e de bloggers à mudança, nas páginas centrais. Porreiro! Ter o nosso nome impresso é sempre agradável…

Mas houve outras críticas que acho que foram melhores que a minha. Luís Santos, que escreve um dos melhores blogues portugueses sobre os novos media, fez uma análise detalhada  ao novo site do DN, onde diz:

“O novo site está a anos-luz do anterior. Isto, em si, não é dizer muito, uma vez que o site anterior do DN vivia ainda mergulhado nos anos 90 mas, ainda assim, a melhoria é de assinalar.”

Ele ainda critica a organização dos assuntos, e a lentidão a actualizar a informação,(provavelmente por ser o primeiro dia), apesar de destacar positivamente a nova estética.

Tive alguns comentários ao meu post e no Twitter a queixarem-se do tamanho da letra (demasiado pequena), alguns buracos na organização do conteúdo, e a pobre navegação. No geral, todos reconhecem que um jornal desta importância estava a precisar de uma mudança.

Como comprei hoje o jornal, reparei que em alguns artigos eles fazem uma chamada para o site para mais conteúdos online (abaixo). Acho que é uma ideia muito boa.

E uma nota final: quando critico alguma coisa no meu blog, faço-o de acordo com a minha experiência, ponto de vista e conhecimento, que aumenta todos os dias. A minha opinião vale o que vale, e nem sempre estou certo- e ainda bem. E se por vezes posso soar ríspido, é porque quero ajudar a melhorar o estado das coisas da maneira que posso, e não deitar abaixo profissionais esforçados. Não procuro ferir os sentimentos de ninguém, mas se não aceitam uma crítica, por favor, fiquem em casa e escondam-se debaixo da cama. O caminho faz-se em frente, e se estiverem a andar para trás, alguém tem que vos dizer. Por isso ouçam os outros e tirem o que vos é preciso. Se toda a gente disser que está tudo bem, nunca mais saímos do mesmo sítio.

Parabéns à equipa do DN, espero que esta seja o príncípio de algo bom, e muito obrigado por me ouvirem e terem  referido a minha humilde opinião.

Look! There's more in the website | Olhem! Há mais no site

Look! There's more in the website | Olhem! Há mais no site

Continue a ler ‘More on the DN review | Mais sobre o DN’

19
Mar
09

Diário de Notícias: New website | Novo site

One of the oldest portuguese dailies – Diário de Notícias – premiered their long overdue website today. Here’s a quick overview on what has changed.

O Diário de Notícias estreou hoje o há muito aguardado e necessário website. Aqui fica uma rápida análise sobre o que mudou.

Spot the differences | Procurem as diferenças

Spot the differences | Procurem as diferenças

It’s a dramatic change for DN. Yesterday they were 7 years behind everyone and today, at least, they are on the same level. From a shovelware, dull, zero-interactivity page, they went to a complex, colorful, multimedia website. They have video,photo galleries, a new Specials section (where they use their archive to focus on a special subject), and a broad content organization structure that holds many different sections, much more than the old website did. Each section has it’s own color wich makes it more easy to identify.  As you can see, the homepage is longer, and as far design is concerned, there’s nothing much else to say: they’re using a standard presentation layout with a narrower middle column. The font is a bit too small for me to feel comfortable, but maybe it’s just me needing glasses.

Each section works as an independent page, and most are easy to browse. One of the main differences is the profusity of pictures, though sometimes in the main page we have one for the story, but not in the article, just a block of text.

É uma mudança dramática para o DN. Ontem eles estava 7 anos atrasados em relação a toda a gente e hoje, no mínimo, estão ao mesmo nível. De um site aborrecido, sem interactividade, de conteúdo despejado do papel, passaram para uma página complexa, colorida e multimédia. Têm video, galerias de fotos, uma nova secção de Especiais (onde usam o próprio arquivo para abordarem um assunto específico, e uma  estrutura alargada  de organização de conteúdos, que alberga muitas mais e diferentes secções que o site anterior. Cada secção tem a sua cor própria o que torna mais fácil a sua identificação. Como podem ver, a página de início é mais comprida, e quanto ao design, não há muito mais a dizer: estão a usar um layout tradicional, com uma coluna do meio mais estreita. A fonte de letra é talvez demasiado pequena para mim, mas se calhar sou eu precisar de óculos.

Cada secção funciona como uma página independente, e a maioria é fácil de navegar. Uma das maiores diferenças que noto é uma maior quantidade de imagens, apesar de muitas vezes haver uma no lançamento da notícia mas não no artigo, existindo apenas um bloco de texto.

One section, one color | Uma secção, uma cor

One section, one color | Uma secção, uma cor

The articles i read still feel like shovelware, no external links, written for paper rather than for the web, but this is a reference newspaper so they’re good. No editorial issues here, just a better adaptation to online is needed. All articles have the standard features for printing, sending by email, stats and the AddThis social bookmarking tool. To comment you have to be registered with the website, and as far as i can see that’s the only extra in  registering.

The multimedia stuff is still a bit flimsy: you can’t control the photo slideshows, the video on the website comes from agencies, and i believe  that may become harmful for the (any) newspapers image. This example looks like a begginers exercise for tv interviewing – B roll footage of the hands  and face closeups,  meaningless images for opening and closing the video with no voice over, well, i know what i’m talking about because i did the same. It’s a bad TV visual narrative that shouldn’t be used online (at least i believe this is not a DN production, i might be wrong, but i don’t know if they even have video reporters).It seems there is an effort to have audio and video content, so all we have to do is wait for them to evolve. I have no information if  there is an investment on multimedia reporting, but i doubt it, i’ll tell you why in the end. One of the best sections is the infographics, i always  loved their visuals and online they still look neat and effective.

Os artigos que eu li ainda parecem copiados do papel, sem links externos, escritos para papel em vez de para a web, mas este é um jornal de referência, por isso são bons. Não tenho questões editoriais, só é necessária uma melhor adaptação ao online. Todos os artigos têm as aplicações standard de imprimir, enviar por email, estatísticas e bookmarking social. Precisamos de nos registar para comentar os artigos, e pelo que vi é o único extra que o registo traz.

A parte multimédia é um pouco fraca: não temos controlo sobre os slideshows, o video no site vem de agências, e acredito que isto pode ser prejudicial para a imagem do (de qualquer) jornal. Este exemplo parece um exercício de principiante para entrevistas TV – planos de corte das mãos, planos apertados da cara, imagens sem sentido nem narração a abrir e a fechar, bem, eu sei do que estou a falar porque fiz o mesmo. É uma narrativa visual televisiva má que não deve ser usada online (acho que isto não é uma produção do DN, posso estar enganado, mas acho que eles nem têm reporteres vídeo). Parece que há um esforço em ter conteúdos video e áudio, por isso é esperar pela evolução. Não tenho informações sobre investimento emjornalistas  multimédia, mas duvido e explico-vos porquê no fim. Uma das melhores secções é a de Infografias, eu sempre gostei dos gráficos do DN e eles online ainda parecem bonitos e eficazes.

Increase in sales but the least sold | Aumento nas vendas mas o menos vendido

Increase in sales but the one of least sold | Aumento nas vendas mas um dos menos vendidos

Despite the positive numbers from 2008, the Diário de Notícias was one of the editions of the Controlinveste group affected by a massive layoff, and in the public eye is looked as one of the biggest candidates to kill print first.  So this may just be a skin deep change in the life of the newspaper, instead of a new step towards the future, that’s is what i was talking about before: i haven’t heard anything about new multimedia reporters in the DN newsroom, and if the policy is to fire and not to hire,i don’t know if any will come. It seems they will be still working for paper, and not bother  about online content either way, since it will always be shovelware, and agency multimedia content. Nonetheless, their new website looks great. Lets just wait and see how it will turn out for them.

And you? What do you think about this makeover? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Apesar dos números positivos de 2008, o Diário de Notícias foi uma das edições do grupo Controlinveste a ser afectado por um despedimento colectivo, e aos olhos do público é um dos grandes candidatos a fechar a edição impressa primeiro. Portanto se calhar esta é uma mudança superficial na vida deste jornal, em vez de um passo em direcção ao futuro, era sobre isso que estava a falar antes: não sei de repórteres multimédia na redacção do DN, e  se a política é despedir e não contratar, não sei se eles virão. O papel parece  continuar a ser a prioridade, e tenho dúvidas se se preocuparão muito com o conteúdo online, que me parece ser shovelware, e multimédia de agência. Apesar de tudo, o novo site deles parece muito bem. Vamos esperar e ver como vai resultar para eles.

E vocês? O que acham desta mudança? Deixem as vossas ideias nos comentários.

Continue a ler ‘Diário de Notícias: New website | Novo site’

18
Mar
09

Stopping the Presses | Parando as Máquinas

Seattle P-I: Last edition | A última edição (Karen Ducey/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

After 146 years delivering the news, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer quits  paper to become an online only operation. It’s the largest US paper to do so. Now people wonder about the consequences:

Copy editor Glenn Ericksen, a P-I staffer for nearly 25 years, said he had mixed feelings about the closure. Most recently working as a copy editor, he said, “I’m sad the print product will go away. It’s the end of an era, and I’m not sure it’s a good thing.”

He said the Web “lowers the standard of literacy all around. Who needs copy editors on the Web?”

The end of an era indeed. We have seen the same happen in other countries: century old institutions shutting down or moving on to online, the drama at the expenses of seasoned professionals. The question is who’s next.

But as we all know, nothing lasts forever, and revolutions have their victims. The standards are set by the best, and not on the lowest common denominator. We always had good and bad newspapers, being the reference the first. And instead of crying over spilt milk and the dead holy cows of journalism, we must move on and respect the legacy of good journalists, whether we do it online, using a blackboard, or by smoke signals. The goal is still the same.

The P-I staff pulled a good coverage of their last day in print: check the video and the article, and this slideshow. My favorite picture is the last one.

Coincidentally (or not) Mark Deuze wrote this great post about the end of newspapers, that we all should read.

Após 146 anos a publicar as notícias, o Seattle Post-Intelligencer deixou o papel para ser uma operação online. É o maior jornal americano a fazer isso. Agora questionam-se as consequências:

O editor Glenn Ericksen, a trabalhar no P-I há quase 25 anos, disse que tinha sentimentos mistos sobre o encerramento. Trabalhando recentemente como editor, ele disse “Estou triste que o produto impresso desapareça. É o fim de uma era, e não sei se é uma coisa boa.”

Ele disse que a Web “baixa os padrões de literacia por completo. Quem precisa de editores na web?”

É o fim de uma era certamente. Vemos o mesmo acontecer em outros países: instituições centenárias a encerrar ou a mudar-se para o online, o drama às custas de profissionais experientes. Pergunta-se quem irá a seguir.

Mas como sabemos, nada dura para sempre, e as revoluções têm as suas vítimas. Os padrões são estabelecidos pelos melhores e não pelo menor denominador comum. Sempre houve jornais bons e maus, sendo a referência os primeiros. E em vez de chorar sobre o leite derramado e a morte das vacas sagradas do jornalismo, devemos avançar e respeitar o legado dos bons jornalistas, quer o façamos online, numa ardósia, ou através de sinais de fumo. O objectivo continua a ser o mesmo.

O pessoal do P-I fez uma boa cobertura do seu último dia em papel: vejam o video e o artigo, e este slideshow. A minha fotografia preferida é a última.

Por acaso (ou não) Mark Deuze escreveu este excelente post sobre o fim dos jornais, que é de leitura obrigatória.

European and North American newspapers have been in decline for decades. Slowly but surely, all indicators of a more or less healthy product – circulation, audience penetration, advertising effectiveness, credibility and trust – have been eroding to the point where, today, they are in freefall. None of this is surprising given the historical trend, but it still features in feverish debates online and offline as to what the future of democracy is without newspapers.(…)

At the heart of the demise of newspapers and the restructuring of a global weightless economy is the permanent uprooting and letting go of the majority of employed, contractual workforce in the news industry, and the overall casualization of labor.

Journalism is losing weight. Its weight is its workforce, and with that the remaining labor protections that still governed the profession. That is the real tragedy of the end of newspapers.

Mark Deuze

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16
Mar
09

Monday Links | Links para segunda feira

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Joanna Geary asked for Jeff Jarvis advice to local journalists. It was meant for UK’s but i guess it applies to anywhere else

Joanna Geary pediu conselhos a Jeff Jarvis para os jornalistas locais. Era para os ingleses, mas acho que se aplica a qualquer lado.

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Newsstand business drama in Barcelona.  And everywhere else. Spoken in catalan.

O drama dos quiosques em Barcelona. E em todo o lado. Em catalão.

The report points to two factors that have come together to create a perfect storm for legacy media.

First, the number of people going online for news accelerated substantially in 2008. But although many of these visited traditional news destinations, “the financial impact of that was a negative one”.

Second, the collapsing economy has hit the news industry hard: “the recession hammered advertising and diverted attention away from innovating new revenue sources”.

So why are tattoos erased, pictures combined, and colors skewed? Although some might say that photoshop is to blame, I would have to disagree. Yes, photoshop is extremely powerful in it’s editing capabilities, but isn’t Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools just as good? Is it the pressure to get the best picture … the pressure to turn around a high-quality image for the tomorrow’s front page … or just the laziness to shoot it correctly while on scene?

It seems abstract, but you can do it with photos that capture emotions and audio that goes beyond the standard, “Today’s event was really successful, we had a huge turnout,” quote. If you go into the project with a goal of humanizing your subjects, it’ll be easier to look for those stories that really stand out.

If you’ve never made an audio slideshow, it’s a piece of cake. The quickest way to do it is using Soundslides, which you can download and purchase online. Multimedia Shooter has a video tutorial that covers all the basic functions of Soundslides Plus. For good examples, see the National Press Photographers Association’s winning audio slideshows.

Grokking the GIMP

Continue a ler ‘Monday Links | Links para segunda feira’

13
Mar
09

Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana

Twitterfriends

Twitter, the micro-messaging service where users broadcast short thoughts to one another, has been widely labeled the newest form of digital narcissism. And if it’s not self-obsession tweeters are accused of, it’s self-promotion, solipsism or flat out frivolousness.

But naysayers will soon eat their tweets. There’s already a vibrant community of Twitter users who are using the system to share and filter the hyper-glut of online information with ingenious efficiency. Forget what you had for breakfast or how much you hate Mondays. That’s just lifecasting.

Mindcasting is where it’s at.

Bottom-line: This isn’t the way the Internet works.

In the short term, a lot of investigative journalism will disappear. However, I believe a new style will emerge over time that leverages increased public access to government documents and the work of individual “whistle blowers”  to fulfill many of the same objectives of investigative journalism. New-journalism organizations like Talking Points Memo actually recruit their readers to assist in the reporting process by scouring public documents and fact-checking information. In a world in which everyone is a publisher, some new models of investigative journalism will emerge that harness the work of individual citizens.

All points that will be hotly debated regardless of my view.  But there are two other aspects of this debate that frustrate me.

The first is a personal tick of mine. When I read…

“The future of printed newspapers is looking grim as there is an evident shift towards digital journalism.”

…I bristle.

For me digital journalism is not seperate from newspaper journalism.  For me digital journalism is using digital skills to develop stories and content for any platform.  Not a medium in itself. But that’s just me.

The other is the idea that students should read newspapers to get the news. Forgetting the debate about the amount of news in newspapers, that misses the big, elephant in the room sized, point. Journalism students should read newspapers because they are students of journalism.

Descargar portada de Periodismo integrado: convergencia de medios y reorganización de redacciones. Libro por Ramón Salaverría y Samuel Negredo

Can media organizations leverage the social web to get story tips faster than they could through traditional methods? A number of news aggregators believe so and are looking to Twitter for tips.

Six weeks ago popular tech news aggregator Techmeme began accepting story tips submitted on Twitter. Today PopURLs, an older and more diverse aggregator, began doing the same thing. This is probably just the beginning; so many journalists are on Twitter that it only makes sense that people will systematize the harvesting of news tips. The early experiment at Techmeme indicates though that the long tail of Twitter tips may not be so long after all. A handful of Twitter users are dominating the system.

How will other newspapers react to The Guardian offering a million articles to developers for free as part of its Open Platform?

If their website terms & conditions are anything to go by, they have a long way to go to embrace the internet.

It’s fairly standard for any publication to forbid people from copying its material. But some papers have gone so far with their site T&Cs that you’re not allowed to link to – or even read – their websites. The quotes below are all from the sites’ T&Cs (and all seem to conflict with their ’share’ buttons, such as the one enabling the Times to top the StumbleUpon league).

Journalists are sometimes their own worst enemies, and this is one such time. Through overly pessimistic outlooks and sweeping generalization, they may be hastening the obituaries of some weak papers by making readers and advertisers think their serve no purpose today.

Discussion of the newspaper industry’s situation is confused because many observers do not separate its short-term problems with the economy from the challenges of long-term trends. Then they compound that problem by using papers as examples of industry developments that are unrepresentative because of their market situations and managerial errors.

“Paper is dying, but it’s just a device,” Bilton told Wired.com ahead of his talk Tuesday at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology conference in San Jose, California. “Replacing it with pixels is a better experience.”

Bilton, a youthful technologist who programs mashups in his free time, is charged with inventing the future for the Gray Lady in an era of troubled times for newspapers. Fewer people are subscribing, classified ads are decamping for the internet and online revenues aren’t making up for lost print ads.

But Bilton envisions a world where news is freed from the confines of newsprint and becomes better.

He speaks of smart content, smart sensors, avatars reading the news to you from your television and even interactive newspaper boxes that print out a personalized paper and automagically orders your customary drink at a nearby Starbucks.

That means Bilton is thinking of a world where traditional news stories show up on little mobile screens, laptops, e-book readers and television screens.

“If I start reading something on my laptop, why should I see it on my phone if I’ve already read it?,” Bilton asked, pointing to one of problems he wants to fix.

A few things we all really need to keep in mind.

• The death of several newspapers does not equal the death of all newspapers.

• Economies go in cycles, up and down. When they go down, newspapers suffer along with everyone else.

• The crisis for big newspaper chains is much more related to the mountains of debt than it is the absence of advertising. If anything is failing, it is a business model based on aggregating titles by borrowing money.

Continue a ler ‘Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana’

12
Mar
09

Video: The Beginning of the End | O Princípio do Fim

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The current situation of the newspaper business in a video from Newseum (via@themediaisdying).

A situação actual do negócio dos jornais num video do Newseum (via@themediaisdying).

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