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15
Jan
09

122 laid off in portuguese media cuts | 122 despedidos em cortes da Controlinveste

50 % are journalists from four newspapers | 50% são jornalistas de quatro jornais

Controlinveste - Marcas que ficam

These cuts will affect four dailies of the Controlinveste media group: DN (22 journalists), JN (27), 24 Horas and O Jogo (17). The reasons presented in an internal announcement today relate to the “acute negative evolution of the media market, especially in the traditional press, and the profound losses in revenue of the sector impose to Global Notícias Publicações and to Jornalinveste Comunicação a difficult but undelayable option: to iniciate acollective  lay off process, that includes 122 workers, in different areas of these two companies”. The reference dailies Diário de Notícias and Jornal de Notícias will suffer the most, and 24 Horas will go under some changes (Agência Financeira).

This is the biggest media job cut in Portugal of the last years. According to the Union,  there were 70 journalists fired in 2007, and almost 100 in 2008.

Controlinveste controls a number of newspapers and magazines, and also TSF, a national news radio, and SportTV, a cable sports TV channel (Wikipedia.pt). It employs more than 1000 workers.

There is no official announcement available at Controlinveste website(.pdf in portuguese)

Estes cortes vão afectar quatro jornais diários do grupo Controlinveste: DN (22 jornalistas), JN (27), 24 Horas e O Jogo (17). As razões apresentadas em comunicado interno referem “a evolução acentuadamente negativa do mercado dos media, em particular na área da imprensa tradicional, e a profunda quebra de receitas do sector impõem à Global Notícias Publicações e à Jornalinveste Comunicação uma opção difícil mas inadiável: iniciar um processo de despedimento colectivo que abrange 122 colaboradores, em diferentes áreas das duas empresas”. Os diários de referência Diário de Notícias e Jornal de Notícias vão sofrer maiores cortes, e o 24 Horas vai sofrer uma alteração de formato (Agência Financeira).

Este é o maior despedimento na área dos media em Portugal nos últimos anos. De  acordo com o Sindicato houve 70 jornalistas despedidos em 2007, e quase 100 em 2008.

A Controlinveste controla jornais e revistas e também é dona da TSF, e do canal de televisão por cabo SportTv(Wikipedia). Emprega mais de 1000 pessoas.

Ainda não se pode encontrar nenhum comunicado oficial no site da Controlinveste (.pdf)

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14
Jan
09

Links for today | Links para hoje

If you’re editing a news site, are you publishing what users want or what you have?

Assuming you have what users want, are you organizing it the way your users would want it organized? Or is it organized based on some legacy notion like print sections? Or worse, is it displayed based on the org chart?

Startup news sites are fighting an uphill battle against established media brands. But one advantage they have is the ability to put the user first in their content and layout decisions, without the burden of prior procedures.

I only need to look at the increase of twitter followers, new blogs and fresh faces that have appeared since christmas to know that journalists are really fired up about online. They love twitter and blogging and RSS. Once they get excited by slideshows or video or maps they want to try them.  The avalaunche of new apps that appear on the web news of which spread through their newly followed feeds appear as a tweet are the biggest most exciting toy box imaginable. They have stories they want to tell.

Then they go in the office and it grinds to a halt.

That great stuff they tried on their blog the night before needs a form signed in triplicate, a request to central support and good dollop of patience. By then the stories dead and a little bit of the excitment has died with them.

Things were simpler a decade and a half ago, when the three daily newspapers that landed on my doorstep (all paid for) were what I needed.

Not any more. For any given story, other than perhaps the truly local, there are dozens of sources and there’s no single source that covers it best day in and day out. When I’m following a story, I’ll go through as many as a dozen websites and, for different stories, they are not always the same ones.

I’m hardly unique. Increasingly, it’s the way people inform themselves. And that’s where part of the idea of paying for the news breaks down substantially. How many subscriptions should have to I buy to cover the part-time creation of value?

As newspapers struggle to sell their content, which in most cases can be found online for free, David Carr of The New York Times asks why the news industry as not followed Apple’s model for iTunes.

itunes-scrn.jpgThe iTunes online music store sold more than 2.4 billion tracks last year, according to the NYT.  The most important thing to retain from this number, according to Carr, is that “Apple has been able to charge for content in the first place,” even though music can be downloaded for free online (illegally, of course).

Their success is a combination of an easy user interface, cooperation within the music industry and a solid business model.  The question is can the model be transplanted?

If you run a website you’re going to want to manage your content. You might use an Enterprise CMS, an open source CMS, a blogging platform or a bespoke app, and as you might expect at the BBC the same rules apply. Except some of us have been trying out something a bit different — using the web as a content management system.

3. That there is a difference between link journalism and ‘cut and paste’ journalism (aka plagiarism).

4. That your readers are smarter than you think. In fact, many are smarter than you – they know more than you do.

5. That churnalism is much easier to spot online. If you do this regularly, your readers are already on to you – merely re-writing press releases without bringing anything to the table no longer cuts it.

Before you read any further, you need to know that I am a strong supporter of the Palestinians who thinks the state of Israel is an imperialist construct and an outpost of American projected military power in the Middle East. I’ve come to the conclusion that journalists have a moral responsibility to say as much and to predicate all their reporting of the current Gaza conflict, as well as coverage of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and the associated “terror frame” of news analysis on this controversial starting point.

In other words, I believe in what Martin Bell calls the “journalism of attachment”, rather than feeble attempts at objectivity, which is, in and of itself, a form of inbuilt and largely unconscious bias.

Continue a ler ‘Links for today | Links para hoje’

14
Jan
09

Analisys: experiment with a crowdsourced GoogleMap | Análise: experiências com um GoogleMap em crowdsource

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Click image to visit the map | Cliquem na imagem para ver o mapa

Last Friday Portugal was going through one of the coldest days in the last decades: there were temperatures below zero and snow, conditions rather unusual for our mild winters. So i decided early in the morning to do something that would keep me busy and warm throughout the day: a map built by users, using their pictures showing the weather in their cities.

The first call for collaboration was sent via Twitter. Many of the tweople i follow were already discussing the issue, and all i had to do was to ask for their photographs and  videos. They just had to look out the window, use a camera or cellphone and post them on Twitpic, Flickr or Picasa.

A few took the challenge early on, and there was a small frenzy about the map i just had setup. When the first contributions arrived  someone let me know that some online newspapers were asking for pictures too. No maps though.

The map i created was open to anyone to add  their own pictures and locations,  and i “templated” it with the first pictures. The word spread out mostly by retweeting. By lunch hour i had a few contributions, not as many as the news websites of course, but some visually compelling. The public news channel – that has a very effective Twitter participation – picked up the idea and on their web segment at night news talked about the map. At the end of the day i had a cool 1,000 visitors. I decided to use that publicity to take the experiment into the weekend, and see how it would work.

The good stuff

The first impression i got was that there was a will to participate and share with others the  personal experience on the weather.  There were a lot of contributions on the news websites  and blogs that  also requested pictures of the cold wave, so there was a lot of material to work with.

The idea caught on pretty easily too among my Twitter contacts, which helped to drive traffic to the map and get links to pics and slideshows. There was some quality stuff there.

Functionally, the map was quickly set up, and there were no major technical issues, although i was asked to place the pictures quite often, instead of being the users posting them themselves.

The number of visits was also surprising: in three days of useful life it had over 2,500 visitors. And it got my name on television.

The not so good stuff

Despite noticing some initial interest on the project, it faded away rather quickly. It was a stand alone feature, and not associated to any other type of narrative content. It might have worked better as a mashup with weather info and readers comments, or local news rss feeds about the weather, twitter hashtags, etc.

I also had all the work, i expected more independence from the users when it came to place the pics on the map, but i had no tutorial explaining how to do it anyway. So maybe i expected too much. The contributions came not only as pictures but also as links to blogs who had some, and i asked bloggers to share their own crowdsourcing efforts.

I took too much time to define a domain name to the map, i had a tip from a  fellow tweeter to use a free domain (mapadofrio.pt.vu). Easier to remember, easier to use.

Conclusions

For a project like this to work it shouldn’t be used as a stand-alone, but integrated in a streaming narrative, open to collaboration, and easier to interact. There was a real interest on the user side to participate, so the power of the crowd is still strong. I could have used more publicity, or have access to a wider audience, even with a reference on TV.  But it was easy, fast and cheap to set up. And as far as i can tell it was unique here in Portugal. There were a lot of requests for pictures, but no maps. Originality wins extra points.

To finish this short analisys i’d just like to thank all the people who participated and spread the word. More and more the creation of web contents depends on the users input.

And a question: what else could have been done?

Sexta-feira passada Portugal estava a meio de uma das maiores vagas de frio das últimas décadas: temperaturas abaixo de zero e neve, condições raras nos nossos Invernos amenos. Por isso decidi logo de manhãzinha fazer algo que me mantivesse quente e ocupado ao longo do dia: um mapa feito por utilizadores, que mostrasse fotos do frio nas suas localidades.

O primeiro apelo à participação foi feito via Twitter. Muita da tweople que sigo já discutiam o assunto, e tudo o que precisei de fazer foi pedir pelas suas fotos e vídeos. Bastava-lhes olhar pela janela, usar uma máquina fotográfica ou um telemóvel e postar as fotos no Twitpic, Flickr ou Picasa.

Alguns aceitaram logo o desafio, e houve alguma agitação à volta do mapa que tinha criado. Quando as primeiras contribuições chegaram houve alguém que me disse que alguns sites informativos também andavam a pedir fotos. Mas nada de mapas.

O mapa que criei estava aberto a toda a gente que quisesse adicionar as suas fotos e locais, e formatei o conceito nas primeiras fotos. A palavra espalhou-se principalmente através de retweets. À hora de almoço tinha algumas participações, não tantas como nos sites de informação claro, mas algumas visualmente interessantes. A RTPN – que usa muito bem o Twitter –  pegou na ideia e falou do mapa no segmento web do À Noite As Notícias. No final do  dia tinha uns 1,000 visitantes. Decidi aproveitar a  deixa e prolonguei a experiência pelo fim de semana, para ver no que dava.

A parte boa

A primeira impressão com que fiquei foi que existia uma vontade de participar e partilhar com outros a experiência pessoal desse dia. Houve muitas contribuições nos sites informativos e blogs que pediram imagens da vaga de frio, por isso havia muita matéria prima com que trabalhar.

A ideia pegou facilmente entre os meus contactos no Twitter, que ajudaram a gerar táfego para o mapa e obter links para fotos e slideshows. E havia coisas com qualidade.

Funcionalmente, o mapa foi fácil de montar, e não houve grandes problemas técnicos, embora me pedissem para pôr as fotos, em vez de serem os utilizadores a colocá-las por eles mesmos.

O número de visitantes também foi surpreendente: em três dias de vida útil o mapa teve mais de 2,500 visitantes. E apareci na TV.

A parte menos boa

Apesar de reparar num entusiamo inicial à volta do projecto, ele esmoreceu rapidamente. Era uma criação isolada, não associada a qualquer outro tipo de narrativa. Poderia ter funcionado melhor como mashup com informação meteorológica, comentários, feeds rss locais, hashtags do Twitter, etc.

Também tive que fazer grande parte do trabalho, esperava que os utilizadores pusessem as fotos no mapa, mas também não tinha nenhuma explicação sobre como fazê-lo. Talvez as expectativas fossem altas demais. As contribuições não foram só fotos mas também links para blogs que tinham outras imagens, e ainda pedi algumas a mais uns bloggers.

Demorei demasiado tempo a criar um domínio para o mapa, mas tive uma dica pelo Twitter para usar um gratuito (mapadofrio.pt.vu), mais fácil de lembrar e usar.

Conclusões

Para um projecto destes resultar não pode funcionar de forma isolada mas integrado numa narrativa contínua, aberto à colaboração e terá que ser mais fácil de interagir. Houve um interesse real por parte dos utilizadores em participar, por isso o poder da multidão é forte. Podia ter tido uma maior divulgação, mesmo com a menção na TV. Mas foi fácil, rápido e barato de montar. E até onde pude ver foi algo de único. Muitos sites pediram fotos e a colaboração dos utilizadores mas nada de mapas. A originalidade ganha pontos extra.

Para terminar esta curta análise, só queria agradecer a todas as pessoas que participaram e passaram a palavra. Cada vez mais a criação de conteúdos web depende da contribuição dos utilizadores.

E uma pergunta: que mais poderia ter sido feito?

Continue a ler ‘Analisys: experiment with a crowdsourced GoogleMap | Análise: experiências com um GoogleMap em crowdsource’

14
Jan
09

Suggestion: A Twitter digest | Sugestão: Um compilador para o Twitter

Threading the conversation | Alinhar a conversação

Threading the conversation | Alinhar a conversação

I thought about this when i saw Jim MacMillan’s Daily Tweet Digest: what about an application (plugin, widget, whatever) that would create a timeline with our daily tweets, and organized the conversation in threads, like in Tweetree?

It would work as a organized, semantic, relational tweetstream.

All the links shared could be previewed and it would also suggest other users referring to them. This is different from Friendfeed, where Twitter generates more noise than value, i prefer to use it as an aggregator of my social bookmarks and web applications. It could take advantage from hashtags, and other side applications like Twitpic, to add visual value to the timeline.

The goal would be a costumizable, visual, inter-related dialog line, based on our tweet conversation, to be used on our websites,  Tumblr-like, but with a bigger potential. Does anyone know if there’s something like this? Or maybe the tea at breakfast was too strong?

Pensei nisto quando vi o Daily Tweet Digest do Jim MacMillan: que tal uma aplicação (plugin, widget,seja lá o que for) que criasse uma timeline com os nossos tweets diários e organizasse a conversação em threads, como no Tweetree?

Funcionaria como uma espécie de tweetstream organizado, semântico e relacional.

Todos os links partilhados poderiam ser pré-visualizados e sugeriam outros utilizadores que os referissem. É diferente do FriendFeed onde o Twitter  gera mais ruído do que valor, prefiro usá-lo como agregador de social bookmarking e outras aplicações web. Poderia usar as hashtags, e outras aplicações paralelas como o Twitpic para adicionar valor visual à timeline.

O objectivo seria uma linha de diálogo personalizável, visual e interrelacionada, baseada na nossa conversação no Twitter, que desse para pôr num site, tipo Tumblr, mas com mais potencial. Alguém conhece alguma coisa assim? Ou o meu chá do pequeno almoço estava demasiado forte?

Continue a ler ‘Suggestion: A Twitter digest | Sugestão: Um compilador para o Twitter’

13
Jan
09

Today’s Special Links | Links do dia

At yesterday’s “Creating Video Narratives” workshop at Beyond Bootcamp, Washington Post video journalist Travis Fox shared his 10 guidelines for making video reports.

  • Golden Rule 6 Get close to the subject when interviewing them for audio purposes
  • Golden Rule 5: Stay quiet when shooting
  • Golden Rule 4: If you do not get the shot, you do not have it.

The new year brings with it the startling reality that I have got less than a month left on my NCTJ course.

I don’t know which scares me more: having to pass my exams in three weeks; or having to find a job. Probably both in equal measure.

While trying to decipher the difference between a ‘revenue support grant’ and ‘relative needs formulae’, I am also overhauling my CV.

Writing a CV is really difficult, especially when you think about the 50 million other people chasing the same jobs as you.

  • How do you make it stand out?
  • How many pages should it be?
  • Should you play it really straight?
  • Should you give it a humorous slant etc?
  • Is it okay to have gaps in your employment?
  • What if you haven’t worked for anyone yet?
  • Should you have a kitten pattern border running around it?

One of the common complaints from people in journalism about bloggers is that we just comment on reports in the news, we don’t do original reporting. It’s so often repeated it’s become a cliche, but it’s simply not true and I can prove it.

Seth Godin offers an interesting suggestion – and a wake-up call – to local newspapers hoping to get more local in a post titled Time to start a newspaper. The twist is that he’s offering this advice to real estate brokers or plumbers or anyone in local business looking to grow their local presence. And he thinks it would be easy to do:

Here’s how I would do it. Assume you’ve got six people in your office. Each person is responsible to do two things each day:

* Interview a local business, a local student or a local political activist. You can do it by phone, it can be very short and it might take you ten minutes.

* Get 20 households to ’subscribe’ by giving you their email address and asking for a free subscription. You can use direct contact or flyers or speeches to get your list.

As old media races to catch up with the Web and figure out how to successfully monetize print content online, one publication is taking a drastically different approach: web to print.

The Printed Blog, a startup founded and funded by former business productivity software entrepreneur Joshua Karp, is launching a twice-daily free print newspaper in cities across the country aggregating localized blog posts.

“Why hasn’t anyone tried to take the best content and bring it offline?” said Karp, who thinks print media is far from dying.

Continuing the free ebook spree, I’ve found 3 more on creativity and design.

The Vignelli Canon How do you design?

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09
Jan
09

Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana

The author of this WordPress plugin is only 16 and from Portugal.The kid has a future. Check out his webpage.

O autor deste plugin para o WordPress tem apenas 16 anos e é português. O miúdo tem futuro. Visitem o site dele.

To recap this remarkable year, NewsTrust editors have compiled a list of our top rated news and opinion from 2008. To qualify, each story had to have an average rating of 4.0 or higher and no fewer than ten reviews. We selected final entries from this short list on our special ‘Best of 2008’ topic page:


Our final selection — of ten news and five opinion pieces — was hand-picked by our editors from dozens of qualifying stories to reflect a wide range of sources, viewpoints and styles of coverage.

There has always been a touch of glamour associated with foreign correspondents, able to live in far-away lands and report on wars and strife, as in the Alfred Hitchcock movie “Foreign Correspondent,” quoted above. But today, Johnny Jones would likely be brought back from Europe in a round of cost-cutting at his newspaper, as foreign bureaus disappear at most American media outlets.

But Phil Balboni, the man who started the New England Cable News channel when no one thought 24-hour regional news TV would work, thinks he can bring new life to foreign correspondents with an online hub called GlobalPost, due to launch next Monday. His ambitious goal is to make GlobalPost the nerve center for American foreign correspondents, just as Politico has thrived as an axis of political journalism.

Writing about tech at times like these is, therefore, sort of a strange job. It entails reviewing products that are often expensive and definitely elective. At first glance, it would seem that spending on electronics would be one easy place to cut back.

But technology giveth, and technology taketh away. You might think of high-tech gadgetry as something that drains your bank account — but it can save you money, too. A lot of it.

Herewith: a few suggestions for using tech to save money. These aren’t new ideas; the press has covered all of these technologies before. But when every $100 counts, it’s worth dusting them off for another look. (The savings estimates below are typical, but of course your mileage may vary; it all depends on what services you’re paying for now.)

As reported on the Journalism.co.uk main site, Washington newspaper rivals have joined forces to publish shared links relating to extreme flooding in the Western Washington region, in one of the first examples of ‘networked link journalism’ in action.

Journalism.co.uk contacted Paul Balcerak, assistant editor of dynamic media at Sound Publishing, publisher of the PNWLocalNews.com site.

Further to his comments in the main piece, Balcerak shares here his thoughts on using Publish2, the link journalism site and application.

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09
Jan
09

Weather Pics Crowdsourced Google Map | Google Map com fotos do mau tempo em crowdsource

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Click image to visit the map | Cliquem na imagem para ver o mapa

Portugal is going through one of the coldest weeks in decades, with negative temperatures and snow in several cities – we’re not used to this. So i asked my Twitter contacts if they could take pictures and videos showing how cold it is in the place they live, to create a open, crowdsourced map. So far, not bad. This is a project that will continue through the weekend, so keep following it.

Portugal está a atravessar uma das semanas mais frias das últimas décadas com neve e temperaturas negativas – não estamos habituados a isso. Por isso pedi aos meus contactos no Twitter para tirarem fotos e videos a mostrar como faz frio no sítio onde vivem, para um mapa aberto, em crowdsource. Até agora não vai mal. Este projecto continua no fim de semana por isso sigam-no.

http://Mapadofrio.pt.vu

Follow via RSS | Sigam via RSS

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