Arquivo de 15 de Maio, 2009


Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana

Technological change has destroyed all sorts of once-popular products, from the handloom to the Walkman, and the world has mostly been better for it. But news is not just a product: the press is the fourth estate, a pillar of the polity. Journalists investigate and criticise governments, thus helping voters decide whether to keep them or sack them. Autocracies can function perfectly well without news, but democracies cannot. Will the death of the daily newspaper—the main source of information for most educated people for at least the past century, the scourge of corrupt politicians, the conscience of nations—damage democracy?

Summer is here and the living is easy– unless you’re a journalism student. For you, the summer means extra time to catch up in your ever-changing industry. You have no time to waste. Here are a few ways you can effectively use your summer to enhance your news site and/or journalism skills.


View the locations of Guardian reporters stationed around the world on this interactive map. Click the reporter’s name to see a photo and links to their latest story. Click a marker on the map to see who we have positioned there.

After finally taking the time to watch the NewsU webinar on data visualization that I blogged about back in March, I was inclined to research more about different apps, tools and concepts required to create compelling data visualization interactives. Interestingly enough, I have found that regardless of owning the Adobe suite, anyone can put together stunning graphics with open-source applications.

Over 25 journalists and media professionals were interviewed for this report, including John Yemma, Christian Science Monitor Editor. You can read the raw interviewsby visiting the Future of Journalism section.
You don’t get free gas from a gas station.
You don’t get free meals from a restaurant.
You wouldn’t walk into the Googleplex … that’s Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. … and expect a staffer to rush to the lobby with 1,000 free shares of Google stock for you.
At least we don’t think so.
So why is the newspaper industry the only one in America that is expected to give its product … in its electronic version … away for free?
Wrestling with that question will determine the fate of this nation’s newspapers.

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


From sketch to reality | Do esboço à realidade

It’s always interesting to compare the first ideas we had for a project long after it is done. We always marvel at the details we sacrificed on behalf of a better result, how different solutions came up along the way. This is the idea that Alexandre Brito shares when commenting the first drafts of RTP news website:

“Some things remained the same, others were changed, but without this beginning, like in any other similar process like this, nothing would be finished.”

Everything begins with an idea, pencil and paper.

É sempre interessante comparar as primeiras ideias que tivemos para um projecto algum tempo depois de o termos terminado. Contemplamos os detalhes que sacrificámos para um resultado melhor, que soluções diferentes surgiram. Esta é a ideia que o Alexandre Brito partilha ao comentar os primeiros esboços do novo site informativo da RTP:

“Algumas coisas ficaram iguais, outras foram alteradas, mas sem este início, como é natural em qualquer processo semelhante, nada estaria concluído.”

Tudo começa com uma ideia, papel e lápis.

E assim começa o nascimento de um sítio de informação...

The draft... | O esboço...

The website | O site

The website | O site

Na arrumação de papéis por vezes encontramos folhas que têm um valor histórico, mas, no nosso caso, também um valor sentimental. Em Março deste ano mudámos o layout da área de informação do site da RTP. Um processo que começou em Agosto de 2008, com uma análise da navegação dos nossos “internautas” pelo site da RTP. Algum tempo depois, a papel e lápis, desenhámos o que se pretendia colocar online. As imagens que aqui mostro revelam esses mesmos desenhos. Ou seja, este será o ADN do

Alexandre Brito

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WiFi Spots @Público: Collaborative Map | Mapa colaborativo

The map is user generated | O mapa é criado pelos utilizadores

The map is user generated | O mapa é criado pelos utilizadores

Público created a GoogleMap for WiFi hotspots in Portugal. So far it doesn’t sound like a  big deal, but this project relies on the contributions of their users. Better? It’s a simple crowdsourcing solution for a very practical matter.

According to the experience i have with collaborative maps it’s a tough task to supervise the data and keep them tidy, but it’s worth it.  Kudos!

Note: i know it is stil in Beta phase, but the map page remains untitled. It’s just one basic HTML line.

O Público criou um GoogleMap para os hotspots de Wifi em Portugal. Até agora isto não parece nada de especial, mas e se vos disser que é feito pelos utilizadores? É uma solução simples de crowdsourcing para uma questão muito prática.

Tendo em conta a experiência que tenho com mapas colaborativos, a tarefa mais difícil é supervisionar os dados e mantê-lo arrumado, mas vale a pena. Parabéns!

Nota: eu sei que ainda está em beta, mas a página do mapa ainda está sem título. É só uma linha básica de HTML.

Continue a ler ‘WiFi Spots @Público: Collaborative Map | Mapa colaborativo’

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