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I won’t be writing in this blog anymore.Please check my new project. Thank you.


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(The Future of) Journalism in Portugal conference | (O Futuro do) Jornalismo em Portugal


A couple of weeks ago i was invited to participate in a conference about Journalism in Portugal, organized by a teenager. Unfortunately i had to decline, but looking at the program i’m sorry i won’t be attending.

Find out why here.

Há umas semanas atrás fui convidado para participar numa conferência dedicada ao Jornalismo em Portugal, organizada por um adolescente. Infelizmente tive que declinar o convite mas olhando para o programa tenho mesmo pena de não ir.

Descubram porquê aqui.


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Internet Manifesto | Manifesto Internet


Hey Media, what’s that sound? Every knows what’s going down…but you.

This is the feeling i get reading this Internet Manifesto, created by 15 journalists and bloggers as a reaction to the Hamburg Declaration, in which major publishers “advocate strongly urgent improvements in the protection of intellectual property on the Internet”, and “disagree with those who maintain that freedom of information is only established when everything is available at no cost”. Yes, if you want it to be free you can’t have it for free. And public domain facts go under a copyright license (i just delight on wondering the variety of consequences this might bring about). Besides, they would never take profit from free content, created by others, and never without compensating them (or giving them credit).

Though this might seem a specific discussion it is an important one, and this Manifesto comes not only as an answer to a different view on the Internet, but also as a guide to understand the basic principles of it, that media moguls have been failing to grasp for so long. And like playground bullies, they’re trying to change the rules of the game, just because they’re losing.

Mr.Media Mogul, read below the first point of the Manifesto and then go here to read  the rest. And the rest of you, what do you make of it?

(Referrals stolen mercilessly from the great Remixtures blog)

Ei Media, o que se passa? Toda a gente sabe…menos vocês.

Esta é a sensação que tenho ao ler este Manifesto Internet (trazido para o Português pelo Pedro Teichgräber e Paulo Querido) criado por 15 jornalistas e bloggers como reacção à Declaração de Hamburgo, na qual os grades editores defendem “vigorosamente melhorias urgentes na protecção da propriedade intelectual na Internet”, e discordam “com aqueles que defendem que a liberdade de informaçãosó é conseguida quando tudo está disponível gratuitamente”. Sim,se querem que seja livre não pode ser grátis. E factos de domínio público ficam debaixo de direitos de autor (delicio-me a imaginar a variedade de consequências que isto podia trazer). Além disso, eles nunca lucraram com conteúdo livre criado por outros e sem lhes pagar (ou lhes dar o devido crédito).

Apesar desta discussão parecer um pouco específica, é muito importante, e este Manifesto vem não só como resposta a uma perspectiva diferente sobre a Internet, mas também coo um guia para compreender os seus princípios básicos, que os barões dos média não têm conseguido compreender. E como rufias de recreio, querem mudar as regras do jogo  apenas porque estão a perder.

Sr.Barão dos Media, leia o primeiro ponto abaixo deste Manifesto e veja o resto aqui. E vocês, o que pensam disto?

(Referências roubadas sem dó ao grande blog Remixtures)

Internet Manifesto (ler versão portuguesa)

1. The Internet is different.

It produces different public spheres, different terms of trade and different cultural skills. The media must adapt their work methods to today’s technological reality instead of ignoring or challenging it.  It is their duty to develop the best possible form of journalism based on the available technology. This includes new journalistic products and methods.

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Changes 3: New column | Mudanças 3: Coluna nova

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And in the latest instalment for changes around here, i’d like to announce that yesterday i started my column dedicated to new media at I am honored for the invitation they made and hope to provide a few interesting insights about the Media Revolution.

The title for this weekly reflection is “Media DJ”, and the English version will be available  in my (new) blog, becoming somehow an extension of my work.

Below is the first text for Media DJ.

E no mais recente capítulo dedicado a mudanças por aqui, gostaria de anunciar que ontem iniciei a minha coluna/caderno sobre  novos media no Estou honrado pelo convite que me fizeram e espero dar algumas visões pessoais interessantes sobre a Revolução dos Media.

O título para esta reflexão semanal é “Media DJ”, e a versão em inglês estará sempre disponível no meu (novo) blog, sendo uma extensão do meu trabalho .

Leiam o primeiro texto, no Rascunho.



Imagine a stage, and you’re sitting in the audience. From up there, one or several characters proclaim the news of the day, the events they chose as the most important. They do it at a certain time, in a ritualized fashion and within a specific duration.They ignore your reactions, and aren’t quite interested in you but in how many of you are watching them. This was the paradigm for the relationship between audience and media. Then came the Internet and everything changed.

Today, the stage and the audience share the same space, there are several voices for many subjects, each one with its own perspective and different origins; information flows within that space between all the elements, from media to users, to other users, to other media. The keywords for this new model are sharing, dialogue, mobility/ubiquity and real time. Contents are made of layers, a new contribution or production is built over the previous one. And everyone can participate: with text, photos, video.

The information industry and journalism are going through the biggest revolution they’ve ever  gone through. The content creation and dissemination tools evolved rapidly, and more important, they are availabe to anyone. The audience became an active element in the creation and disseminaton of information. In a matter of years we went from static versions of newspapers to multimedia rich content, real time information provided by users in social networks and on Twitter, anywhere, to everywhere, which deviated the media from the center of the news paradigm, forcing them to reconsider how to interact with their users, how to work information on the web, publish it, renew it, in a profound change of processes and views. And also how to make that profitable.

The name of this column is Media DJ, because all these changes influenced journalist’s work, demanding new skills. DJ has a double meaning, being the first, the one who, from other people’s music, mixes, remixes, aligns and generates a new dynamic, turning the whole bigger than the sum of its parts; and it also works for Digital Journalism/Journalist. Information DJs do exactly the same as music DJs, they pick up the pieces and generate a a new set, but with a totally different responsibility: they contribute to the creation of a collective conscience, and a well informed society will make better choices. In the end, nothing changed in the fundamental role of journalism, just the way you do it.

Every week i hope to bring a part of that (r)evolution, that is unfolding faster than reality can keep up. You just have to follow the music.

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Download: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

It’s a no-brainer: when Mindy MacAdams says she got 15 of her posts together in a pdf so we can improve our journo-fu, we download it. HERE.

Não é complicado: quando a Mindy MacAdams diz que juntou 15 posts seus num pdf para que possamos melhorar o nosso kung fu jornalístico,  fazemos logo o download. AQUI.

Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency (PDF; 536 KB)


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09 A quick reminder | Só para lembrar

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click image | cliquem na imagem

For those who haven’t noticed yet, i’m shutting down the Lake (the present blog) in a couple of weeks. But i won’t stop blogging, i’m just moving to a self hosted platform. So if you’re a RSS user, or get my posts via email please update your feed subscription in the following links. And if you have any ideas on the new website, i’d appreciate them.

Thank you, and visit me at my new place:

Para os mais distraídos eu só queria deixar o aviso que vou fechar o Lago (este blog) daqui a umas semanas. Mas não vou parar de blogar, estou só de mudanças para um de alojamento próprio. Por isso se usam RSS ou recebem os meus posts por email, actualizem as vossas subscrições nos links abaixo. E se tiverem sugestões para o novo site eu agradeço.

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Keep up | Mantenham-se a par

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The third part of the Case for Innovation as defended by CoPress is available. Here’s the explanation for this video, as also Part 1 and Part 2.

A terceira parte do Case for Innovation advogado pelo CoPress está disponível. Aqui fica a explicação para este vídeo, assim como  a Parte 1 e a Parte 2.


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