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Last post here | Último post aqui

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


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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.

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09 A quick reminder | Só para lembrar

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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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Portugal: Newspapers sales drop | Vendas de Jornais descem


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Latest circulation data made available for portuguese newspapers reflect the global trend of declining sales. Finance editions increase number of copies though. Is it the crisis?

The Portuguese Circulation Control Association (APCT) revealed this week the circulation numbers regarding the first six months of the current year. Comparing to the same period last year, the picture is quite grim: most newspapers have decreased their sales, apart from the specialized financial editions that had a rise in demand. The overall drop in the portuguese market reaches the 7,6%.

The most notorious decrease in sales belongs to Diário de Notícias, that “stopped investing in promotional marketing last March, in a cost reduction strategy to face  the difficult economical moment  worldwide press is going through“.

Comparing the January/June window of ‘08 with 2009’s, there were sold, in average, less  26 174 newspaper copies, daily.

Os últimos dados das tiragens de jornais portugueses  reflectem a tendência global de quebra nas vendas. As edições financeiras, no entanto, subiram o número de  exemplares. Será da crise?

A Associção Portuguesa de Controle de Tiragem (APCT) revelou esta semana os números referentes aos primeiros seis meses deste ano. Comparando com o mesmo período do ano passado, o quadro é bastante negro: a maioria dos jornais diminuiu as suas vendas, com excepção das publicações financeiras, que tiveram um aumento na procura. A quebra global do mercado português atinge os 7,6%.

A descida mais notória é a do Diário de Notícias, que “em Março deixou de investir em marketing promocional numa estratégia de redução de custos face ao difícil momento económico que está a afectar a imprensa a nível mundial“.

Relativamente ao período de Janeiro/Junho de 2008, em 2009 venderam-se, em média, menos 26 174 jornais por dia.


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Poll: Generations and online media | Sondagem: Gerações e media online


How different is the relationship with online media for each generation? Are really younger people more active consumers of digital news or are they being surpassed by their parents?

Paula Cordeiro, author of the NetFM blog, is doing a poll on how different generations engage with online media. The results will be presented at the “Media+Generations” conference in Milan, this September 11th and 12th.

I asked Paula what was her percepetion of this reality, even before having the poll results: “Quite clear, and corresponding to the majority of the current news: young people using more than older people, though its growing. Teenagers in social networks, young adults in social networks with professional objectives or match making, on Twitter for the updating and the hype. The teenagers don’t consume news traditionally, but young adults use online media more. Older people use essentially email and the Internet for researches.

But this trend is not, in Paula’s words “an absolute reality“. In her experience as a teacher there are students with various degrees of contact with online tools, “if there are those who present a simple oral presentation of an assignment using a web hosted presentation, most of them still use a A4 printed sheet, sometimes even, handwritten…

Their limitations don’t stop here: “Regarding (online media) consumption, they as matter of fact, consume few news under any format or platform, and they  aren’t that savvy about the tools that the web has to offer to create and disseminate contents (many don’t know how to create a blog, don’t know about newsreaders or how to make a podcast), going against the general expectations for this generation.

The poll questions are in portuguese only and you can participate until the September 6th. As soon as Paula Cordeiro has the results, she will publish them on her blog. And we will be looking forward to see them.

Até que ponto varia a relação de cada geração com os media online? Serão os mais jovens maiores consumidores de notícias digitais,ou estão a ser ultrapassados pelos seus pais?

Paula Cordeiro, autora do blog NetFM, está a fazer uma sondagem sobre como cada geração interage com os media online. Os resultados serão apresentados na conferência “Media+Generations”, a decorrer nos próximos dias 11 e 12 de Setembro, em Milão.

Perguntei à Paula qual era percepção que tinha desta realidade, mesmo ainda antes de ter os resultados da sondagem: “Muito clara e corresponde à maior parte das notícias que circulam: jovens com grande consumo, mais velhos com menor consumo, embora a crescer. Adolescentes nas redes sociais, jovens adultos nas redes sociais com intuitos profissionais ou match making, no twitter pela actualização e porque é hype. Adolescentes não consomem notícias na forma tradicional, jovens adultos consomem mais notícias através dos media online. Mais velhos usam essencialmente e-mail e Internet para pesquisas.

Mas esta tendência não é, nas palavras de Paula, “uma realidade absoluta. Na sua experiência como professora, há estudantes com diferentes graus de contacto com as ferramentas online, “Se há os que preparam uma mera apresentação oral de um projecto de trabalho usando uma apresentação alojada na web, a maioria continua a apresentar uma folha A4 impressa, algumas vezes mesmo, escrita à mão…

Mas as suas limitações não se ficam por aqui: “Relativamente ao consumo, de facto consomem poucas notícias sob que forma ou plataforma for e não assim tão conhecedores das ferramentas que a rede coloca ao nosso dispor para criação e divulgação de conteúdos (muitos não sabem criar um blog, não conhecem newsreaders ou sabem fazer um podcast), contrariamente aquilo que são as pexpectativas gerais para esta geração.”

Podem responder a esta sondagem até dia 6 de Setembro. Assim que a Paula Cordeiro tiver resultados, eles serão publicados no seu blog. E nós estaremos atentos.

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Changes part 2: The Lake is no more | Mudanças parte 2: O Lago vai fechar


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I’ve been delaying this for too long, but now is the time to do it. I’m shutting down The Lake, but you won’t get rid of me that easy, i’m just moving to a new self-hosted blog.

The Lake has fulfilled it’s purpose: the work i developed here and the reputation it garnered me, helped yours truly get a place at the MA Online Journalism run by Paul Bradshaw and got me in touch with dozens of smart people interested in taking journalism to modern times. If i ever had a good idea, starting The Lake was it.

But a lake is a mass of still waters. It’s time to open the damn and let them flow, and find the  best path through the constraining banks. Besides, i need a personal branded blog, it’s one of the things you have to do .

I won’t export the contents of The Lake to the new blog, all will still be available here. The Lake will work as a backup resource for some stuff, so it’s not really going away. For the next weeks i’m going to publish my posts simultaneously here and in the new blog, so we can have a smooth change. And if something happens, well, i’ll come back these shores.

The new blog is not finished yet, and i plan to do a run down of some of its features soon, but i count on you to share your thoughts and ideas, and make it better. All of this is because of you, you are part of it and without your input none of this would have never happened. This is not mine alone. So, thank you.

PS: one of the features i had more fun doing is one i hope you never get to see, but i like it so much i’m sharing it with you: my custom 404 page (don’t forget to scroll down a bit).

Tenho adiado isto há já demasiado tempo, mas agora é altura de o fazer. Vou fechar O Lago, mas não se vão ver livres de mim, vou-me mudar para um novo blog.

O Lago cumpriu o seu propósito: o trabalho que desenvolvi aqui e a reputação que me granjeou ajudou-me a conseguir um lugar no MA de Jornalismo Online do Paul Bradshaw e pôs-me em contacto com dezenas de pessoas inteligentes interessadas em trazer o jornalismo para os tempos modernos. Se tive ideias boas, O Lago foi uma delas.

Mas um lago é uma massa de águas paradas. É tempo de abrir as comportas e deixá-las correr, e encontrar o caminho possível entre as margens. Além disso preciso de um blog com marca própria, é uma das coisas que se deve fazer.

Eu não vou exportar os conteúdos d’O Lago para o novo blog, tudo vai-se manter disponível por aqui. O Lago irá servir como  solução de recurso  para algumas coisas, por isso não vai mesmo desaparecer. Durante as próximas semanas vou publicar em simultâneo aqui e no novo blog para que a transição seja o mais suave possível. E se acontecer alguma coisa, volto a estas margens.

O novo blog ainda não está acabado, e planeio fazer uma revisão a alguns dos seus componentes em breve, mas conto com vocês para partilharem as vossas ideias e fazê-lo melhor. Tudo isto acontece por vossa causa, vocês fazem parte disto e sem o vosso contributo nada disto tinha acontecido. Isto não é só meu. Por isso, obrigado.

PS: um dos pormenores do novo site que mais gozo me deu a fazer é uma que eu espero que nunca tenham que ver, mas gosto tanto que tenho que partilhá-lo com vocês: a minha página 404 (não se esqueçam de descer na página).

Here’s the new link | Aqui está o novo link    |


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Portuguese Journalists on Twitter and @JayRosen_nyu’s List | Jornalistas Portugueses no Twitter e a Lista de Rosen

Who are the top portuguese journalists on Twitter? Who is more popular, chatty or has a better following/follower relation? Tireless João Simão, teacher at UTAD (by the way, check his new project of live video interviews using Twitter) did an analisys on who are the journalists on Twitter, using data from TwitterPortugal, and came up with a top 25 list.

It’s a nice crowd, and you should be following  at least some of them.

Quem são os jornalistas portugueses que estão no Twitter? quem é mais popular, falador ou tem uma melhor relação seguidores/seguidor? O incansável João Simão da UTAD (já agora, vejam o seu novo projecto de entrevistas video em directo usando o Twitter) fez uma análise dos jornalistas no Twitter usando dados do TwitterPortugal, e criou um top 25.

É um grupo porreiro e deviam seguir pelo menos alguns deles.

Know anyone? | Conhecem alguém?

Know anyone? | Conhecem alguém?

After this analisys was published  i got a whole new batch of followers (thank you all), but my major source of tweeple lately has been  Jay Rosen’s “600” list. I recommend it to everyone who is looking for media related tweets.

(shameless self promotion moment, so sorry for that…)

Depois desta análise ter sido publicada ganhei um monte de followers (obrigado  a todos), mas a minha maior fonte de seguidores nos últimos tempos tem sido a lista dos “600” de Jay Rosen. Recomendo-a a quem quer tweets relacionados com media.

(momento desavergonhado de auto-promoção, as minhas desculpas…)

The "600"...well, some... |  Os "600"...bem, alguns...

The "600"...well, some... | Os "600"...bem, alguns...

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#Holidays are over… for now | As #férias acabaram… por agora

Work is the answer | O trabalho é a resposta

Work is the answer | O trabalho é a resposta

I took these last days off the interwebz to get some rest but i have to the result was an utter #fail. I got some exciting news that will probably change my life from September on. Some of you already know what it is, but i will not disclose it here at the blog until everything is settled. Sorry about that.

I had some time to think about the blog though and i think it’s going to be moved to my own domain anytime during the next month. I’ll let you know then, this is just a heads-up.  I still believe in the blogging platform, and i’ll aggregate to it the other channels i use to divert some content like links and short comments, but keep on blogging some more hardcore ideas.

Still, i’ll be busy until the end of the month so don’t expect much writing from me. I’ll do less, but hopefully more interesting.

I’ve been reading a lot of saved and new posts that made me sure that we are already in a new phase in media, and many of the arguments of the death of this and that are a complete waste of time. If it’s good and captivates people’s minds and hearts the medium is not important. If it has quality and adds value to people’s lives, it can be profited from. And the end of the transition phase from print to digital is over, as we are witnessing new developments in the way information is presented. Now the frontier is mobile, in community  and in real time. More about that in another post.

For now i recommend one thing for (young) journalists: before knowing video, coding, flash etc, you need to know how to do journalism. Without it, the technical skills are rather pointless for this job. Get the Reuters’ Handbook and have a nice summer.

I’m back.

Tirei estes últimos dias de folga das internetes para descansar mas redundou tudo num tremendo #fail. Tenho algumas notícias excitantes que irão provavelmente mudar a minha vida a partir de Setembro. Alguns de vocês já sabem do que se trata,mas não vou revelar agora aqui no blog até estar tudo resolvido, desculpem-me os restantes.

Apesar de tudo tive algum tempo para pensar sobre o blog e penso que vou movê-lo para o meu próprio domínio durante o próximo mês. eu aviso-vos, este é apenas um pré-aviso. Ainda acredito no blog como plataforma, e vou agregar-lhe os outros canais que uso para dirigir alguns conteúdos como links e pequenos comentários, mas  usar o blog para ideias mais fortes.

Mesmo assim vou andar ocupado até ao fim do mês por isso não esperem muita escrita minha. Vou fazer menos, mas , espero eu, mais interessante.

Tenho lidos muitos posts que guardei e novos que me dão a certeza de que estamos já numa nova fase dos média, e que os argumentos da morte disto e daqui são uma total perda de tempo. Se for bom e cativar as mentes e os corações das pessoas o meio não importa. Se tem qualidade e acrescenta valor à vida das pessoas, pode gerar receita. E o fim da fase de transição do impresso para o digital está no fim, assim que assistimosa novos desenvolvimentos na forma como a informação é apresentada. Agora a fronteira é móvel, em comunidade e em tempo real. Mas mais sobre isso noutro post.

Para já recomendo uma coisa aos  (jovens) jornalistas: antes de saberem video, programação, flash etc, precisam de saber como fazer jornalismo. Sem isso, todas as competências técnicas são inúteis para esta profissão. Leiam o Reuters’ Handbook e tenham um bom Verão.

Estou de volta.

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Links for today | Links para hoje

The key guidelines for a hyperlocal site are reportedly as such:

1. Skilled staff is imperative- a functioning site requires the input of both content and technological minds. Contributors need to be dedicated to the cause and integrated within the larger organisation.

You can copyright a news story, but you can’t copyright the news. “The news” just means “things that happen in the world.” What would it mean, in practice, to make it illegal to paraphrase a copyrighted news story? Summing up, for example, political events, or a sports controversy, or even a fashion trend, could be interpreted as paraphrasing copyrighted material. So let’s ban talking about anything. And banning links will help us make our references even more obscure, by making it impossible for anyone to refer to source materials! Good idea, Posner. This gross oversimplification makes you look none too freedom-loving!

A small blog article about two months ago proved to be one of the most successful in the five years I’ve been blogging. It listed a dozen or so free applications available on the internet to help multimedia journalists create great pieces.

Well a revision is well overdue; there’s a few of the old ones, which I’ve really enjoyed using, plus many new ones. As always this isn’t a comprehensive list, but these are ones which, to have in your arsenal, give you great potential as a multimedia journalist.

The University of Virginia prepared Jason Motlagh very well for his career has a free-lance foreign correspondent.

When he applied to take a journalism elective course, he was rejected because he wasn’t an English major. When he applied for a job as food columnist at the school paper, he was also rejected.

But Motlagh persisted, and eventually won a spot on the school paper as travel columnist. His specialty: Travel to fascinating world spots on very low budgets.

Voila. Today Motlagh has five years of free-lance foreign  correspondence under his belt and, in many respects, he is the prototype for the journalist of the future: a free-lancing, multimedia correspondent who knows how to market his work and live on a tight budget.

For those of you unfamiliar with the theory of linking and how it works, it’s a fairly simple concept.  Take me linking the word “TechCrunch” above.  I chose to link to the actual story Ms. Schonfeld wrote, so now when this post is published he will receive a notice called a “trackback” that allows him to know that I referenced his article in my post.  This will also be used by search engines to see how relevant his post is and how much credence they should give it.  The more links a site or story receives, the more importance a search engine puts on it, and the more chance of people searching on the appropriate terms will see it.

Essentially, links are the life’s blood of blogging.

John Hartigan is full of shit. Bloggers have gone to jail for their work, and to protect their sources, in North Korea, Iran, Egypt, the list of countries persecuting bloggers grows longer by the week. And the CEO of Australia’s biggest news corporation doesn’t know this?

The jailing of bloggers for speaking too much truth is obviously not the kind of news that John Hartigan, a Rupert Murdoch CEO, is interested in. How could he not know about those jailing and prosecutions.

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