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08
Jan
09

Lists of Tools | Listas de Ferramentas

New tools for new news

Journalists need new tools to work online. I started building this online database of such tools as a personal project, just a way to keep track of everything I was using. It has since grown into something I think others will find useful.

The site is in public beta for now. Eventually, I hope to move it to its own domain.

Anyone can browse this site and subscribe to our RSS feeds. Registering allows you to add new tools, add links to existing tools and bookmark tools, which will be saved on your contributor page.

Chris Amico created an open list of tools for journalists. Many are open source, and they cover many aspects of the online news needs. If you know some more you can add your suggestions.

I found another list via @vinil2004, with learning tools but that provides a great deal of applications for the web2.0 users and pros.

This reminded me i should probably update my post about free tools for the online newsroom – especially dedicated for freelancers.

Check them links below.

Chris Amico criou uma lista aberta de ferramentas para jornalistas. Muitas são open source, e cobrem muitas das necessidades da informação online. Se conhecerem outras, contribuam.

Encontrei outra lista via @vinil2004 com mais ferramentas dedicadas ao ensino mas que podem úteis para utilizadores e profissionais da web2.0.

Isto lembrou-me do meu post sobre ferramentas grátis para a redacção online– dedicado especialmente para freelancers.

Vejam nos links abaixo.

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08
Jan
09

Links for today | Links para hoje

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Monday morning, WTSP-TV anchor/reporter Janie Porter was on TV, reporting live from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on the run-up to this week’s national college football championship game. She didn’t have a big live truck accompanying her, or an engineer tuning in a shot or a photojournalist standing behind the camera and setting up lights.

Porter set up her own camera, opened her laptop, connected the camera to her computer, slipped a wireless connection card into her laptop, called up Skype and used her Blackberry to establish IFB (the device TV folks wear in their ears to hear the off-air signal). It all looked just great on air.

At some point, newspaper execs who believe in serious, quality journalism — not Google, not government, not some outside agency — are going to have to make the decision to support it with as much as possible of the remaining resources that they have. It is newspapers — even now, because they are still making money — that are going to have make the commitment to make serious journalism their prime, and perhaps only, reason for being, even if it means letting the lighter stuff (which makes up a substantial amount of the weekly page count) go.

  • Clay Shirky X 2

The shape of things to come, The Guardian

The great misfortune of newspapers in this era is that they were such a good idea for such a long time that people felt the newspaper business model was part of a deep truth about the world, rather than just the way things happened to be. It’s like the fall of communism, where a lot of the eastern European satellite states had an easier time because there were still people alive who remembered life before the Soviet Union – nobody in Russia remembered it. Newspaper people are like Russians, in a way.

Interview with Clay Shirky, Part I | Interview with Clay Shirky, Part II, CJR

One of the things that I’ve noticed with criticisms of the Internet is that very often they’re displaced criticisms of television. That there are a lot of people, Nick Carr especially is a recent addition to the canon, wringing their hands over the end of literary reading. And they’re laying that at the foot of the Internet. It seems to me, in fact, from the historical record, that the idea of literary reading as a sort of broad and normal activity was done in by television, and it was done in forty years ago.

2. Thou shalt aim high. I must remember that my experience, expertise and capability are precious – and will not be tempted to sell myself  short or write for free. Because thou is worth it, right?

3. Thou shalt be more persistent. I will make sure I’m being proactive about pitching and will not be afraid to bang on doors – everyone else is doing it, after all.

Much of the information that most people want doesn’t readily exist in a publicly available database. It’s in the conversations and community interactions between real people. (This is the key to Twitter’s amazing growth.) And I believe that people want to know what’s happening in their neighborhood.

Uma solução para o financiamento da atividade jornalística pode estar em oferecer material mais atraente ao leitor e cobrar por ele. Os jornais digitais poderiam deixar a informação que pode ser encontrada em outros lugares (abundante) disponível a todos e investir maior esforço de reportagem em pautas inusitadas e exclusivas. Isto é, produzir informação escassa. E escassez, como qualquer estudante de primeiro semestre de Economia sabe, é uma das bases do valor de qualquer produto. Enfim, é preciso primeiro aumentar a qualidade das notícias, para depois querer cobrar por elas.


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The game argues against the justification of Israeli attacks on Gaza, representing them as unprovoked and characterizing Israel’s response as overt aggression. The game’s goal is to kill as many Palestinians as possible in a three minute session. The game begins with a quote from Ehud Olmert on “minimizing the number of Palestinans” in Gaza. The game connects the dots in the statement, suggesting that minimization implies killing. As shown above, special rewards are offered for occasional attacks on civilian targets. A creepy muzak-like instrumental version of the Carpenter’s “Close to You” plays throughout.

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07
Jan
09

(More) Advice for journalism students | (Mais) Conselhos para estudantes de jornalismo

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yeah, but are you ready?

Suzanne Yada dropped by yesterday and left a comment to my post about new roles for journalists, regarding the part where i say “A journalist is a brand”:

The whole notion of branding and networking is something too many journalists are scared of, as if it meant to sell your soul. I wrote a lengthy blog about it here, and I got some interesting private responses like “Oh no, I don’t even want to think about this.” It’s too bad!

She wrote two brilliant posts with a list of resolutions for journalism students, that you must read if you’re still in school (and even if you are not), in which she talks about the importance of self promoting. I wrote about this too, and it worries me that professionals (and especially the younger ones) aren’t taking this seriously.

Reality check: you will hardly be recognized as the CNN, Rolling Stone, Time or Newsweek journalist because you’ll be a freelance most of your career. That is how the market will be working in the future for most of us. So, if you are going to be the manager of your own company (you) you better start thinking how to promote it.

The funny thing is that we do it everyday in real  life, in the way we show up for job interviews, the way we connect with teachers, other journalists, or other type of people that may land us a job. Now the goal is to take that online too. I have made more  professional connections in the last year just through my blog than in eight years answering to job ads. And the way i’m doing it, people are coming to me!

Alfred Hermida reminds us that this year will be rough everywhere for journalists. He gives the example of Azeem Ahmad, that despite being  considered the Birmingham University Student Journalist of the Year hasn’t found a job yet. I helped Azeem out once and i saw how dedicated and bright the guy is, and it’s a shame. But his chance will come.

So follow the advice on these posts, and start building your brand to get noticed.

A Suzanne Yada deixou ontem um comentário no meu post dedicado aos novos papéis dos jornalistas, pela parte em que digo que “Um jornalista é uma marca”:

Toda a noção de branding e networking é algo de que demasiados jornalistas têm medo, como se se tratasse de vender a alma. Escrevi um post longo sobre isso aqui e recebi algumas respostas privadas interessantes como “Oh não, nem quero pensar nisso”. É demasiado mau!

Ela escreveu dois posts brilhantes com uma lista de resoluções para estudantes de jornalismo, que devem ler se ainda estão na escola (ou não), nos quais ela fala da importância da auto promoção. Eu escrevi sobre isto também, e preocupa-me que os profissionais (especialmente os mais novos) não estejam a levar isto a sério.

Chamada à realidade: dificilmente serão reconhecidos como o jornalista da CNN, Rolling Stone, Time ou da Newsweek, porque serão freelancers a maior parte da carreira. É assim que o mercado vai funcionar para a maioria de nós. Por isso, se vão ser os gestores da vossa própria empresa (vocês) é melhor começarem a pensar como vão promovê-la.

O mais engraçado é que nós fazemos isso todos os dias na vida real, na forma como aparecemos nas entrevistas de emprego, como falamos com professores, jornalistas, ou outras pessoas que nos possa arranjar trabalho. Agora é praticar isso online. Fiz mais contactos profissionais no último ano através do meu blog do que em oito anos a responder a anúncios. E são eles que vêm ter comigo.

Alfred Hermida lembra-nos que este ano vai ser difícil para os jornalistas. Ele refere o caso do Azeem Ahmad, que, apesar de ter sido considerado o Estudante de Jornalismo do Ano da Universidade de Birmingham, ainda não arranjou trabalho. Eu ajudei uma vez o Azeem num trabalho e vi como ele é dedicado e talentoso, e é uma pena. Mas a oportunidade dele virá.

Por sigam os conselhos nestes posts, e comecem a fazer com que a vossa marca seja reconhecida.

Continue a ler ‘(More) Advice for journalism students | (Mais) Conselhos para estudantes de jornalismo’

06
Jan
09

Great Multimedia example | Óptimo exemplo de Multimédia

Zach Wise explains how he did it | Zach Wise explica como foi feito este trabalho

There has been a good evolution in multimedia content, which, for the record, is not a standalone video or slideshow, but a mashup of different media elements. And even if we talk about video, we can find an increase in interactivity. So it’s not like the sit back and hold on attitude of television, but a look and explore thing. The web is not television ok?

Traci Boyer pointed out this work by Zach Wise for his former newspaper The Las Vegas Sun, not only for the quality of the construction, but also because Zach posted a behind the scenes view, explaining the different elements that make this complex – yet compelling –  narrative.

“I was floored when I realized how much data, media and extra functionality was built to enhance an otherwise basic video player. Wise takes storytelling to a completely new level with the introduction of interactive videos.” Traci Boyer

Wise has four distinct areas: main video, side menu, map, and an info box that has also video and interactive content. He says he created 20 minutes of video from 20 hour footage, embeds archive videos and adds more 60 minutes of extra footage he felt it made part of the bigger picture. This makes it a bit hard to follow because there are many things happening at the same time, but we can always go back, and explore.

Zach Wise also says “Thirst in the Mojave tries to bring a little more web mentality to video but still utilize the linear narrative strengths that make video such a great storytelling tool.” So he’s trying to tie the best of two worlds together.

Another great feature for me is the fact that Zach took the effort to do a few things i’ve been defending for some time now:

-explain how you did it: many interactive features might go unnoticed simply because the user didn’t understand how things worked. Besides the technical value it works as a guide book;

-use the raw data/footage/audio etc: the final work must be edited of course, but make available the raw original material you used. Zach puts it really well:

“Transparency is a great tool of truth.

Another use of the more info box in this project was transparency. An example of this is a scene in part 3 where Pat Mulroy is talking about the pipeline project on Face to Face with Jon Ralston. In the narrative you see several clips from the program but in the more info box you can watch the entire Face to Face show that those clips came from. Any viewers who might be skeptical that those clips were taken out of context can watch the program and see that the clips were selected appropriately.”

So if there was any sort of biased perspective he’d be caught in the act. I did this with my crowdsourced interview with Dave Cohn, edited two videos but made the original interview available so that people could have the full answers and have them in the original order. This sort of “Naked Journalism” is interesting because it helps the audience to understand how and why it was made, and reinforces the feeling of trust and critical spirit towards the work of journalists.

Oh, and this took some time doing. A huge amount of it.Don’t miss this one.Kudos to you Zach.

Tem havido uma boa evolução nos conteúdos multimédia, que, é preciso dizer, não são um video ou um slideshow mas a agregação de diferentes elementos de media. E mesmo se só falarmos do vídeo, podemos ver um aumento na interactividade. Por isso não é senta e aguenta como com a TV, mas mais ver e explorar. A web não é uma televisão ok?

Traci Boyer destacou este trabalho de Zach Wise para o seu antigo jornal o The Las Vegas Sun, não só pela qualidade, mas também porque Zach fez um post sobre como tudo foi feito, explicando os diferentes elementos que compõem esta narrativa complexa – mas muito interessante.

“Fiquei desconcertada quando me apercebi da quantidade de dados, media e funcionalidades extra usados para melhorar o que seria apenas um simples video. Wise leva a narrativa para um nivel totalmente novo com o video interactivo.” Traci Boyer

Wise usa quatro áreas distintas: video principal, menu, mapa e uma info box que também tem video e conteúdos interactivos. Ele diz que criou 20 minutos de vídeo a partir de 20 horas de brutos, incorpora vídeo de arquivo e acrescenta 60 minutos de filmagens extra que ele achou que faziam parte do plano geral. Isto faz com que seja complicado seguir tudo o que se passa ao mesmo tempo, mas podemos sempre voltar atrás e explorar.

Zach Wise disse ainda que “Thirst in the Mojave tenta trazer um pouco mais de mentalidade web para o video mas ainda usa a força da narrativa linear que faz do video uma grande ferramenta para contar histórias.” Ele tenta juntar o melhor de dois mundos.

Outro bom pormenor aqui é o esforço que o Zach teve para fazer algumas coisas que venho a defender há algum tempo:

-explicar como se fazem as coisas: muitas características interactivas podem passar ao lado do utilizador apenas porque não percebeu como funcionavam;

-usem os brutos de video/audio/dados etc: o trabalho final é editado, mas disponibilizem o material original. O Zach explica bem:

“A transparência é uma ferramenta da verdade

Outra função da info box neste projecto foi a transparência. Um exemplo disto é a cena na terceira parte onde Pat Mulroy fala do projecto do aqueduto no Face to Face with Jon Ralston. Na narrativa podem ver doversos clips do programa mas na info box podem ver o programa completo de onde vieram esses clips. Qualquer espectador céptico que ache que esses clips foram retirados do contexto pode ver o preograme e ver que os excertos foram selccionados apropriadamente.

Por isso se houvesse algum tipo de perspectiva falseada ele seria apanhado. Eu fiz isto com a entrevista em crowdsource com o Dave Cohn, editei dois vídeos mas disponibilizei a entrevista original por inteiro para que os utilizadores pudessem ver as respostas completas e na sua ordem original. Esta espécie de “Jornalismo Despido” é interessante porque ajuda o público a perceber como e porquê as coisas foram feitas, e reforça o sentimento de confiança e o espírito crítico em relação ao trabalho do jornalista.

Ah, e este trabalho demorou algum tempo a fazer.  Muito mesmo. Vejam-no com calma. Parabéns Zach.

Watch | Ver

Quenching Las Vegas Thirst

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05
Jan
09

First links of the year | Primeiros links do ano

Fearlessness in the face of a scary time. Innovation alongside disruptive change. Human stories and out-of-this-world technology. New ideas and old fundamentals.

These are the threads that weave through a set of ideas from a formidable group of industry experts.

SND asked what’s ahead for news design in 2009. Looking into the crystal ball after one of the most dramatic years for the media is not easy, but the answers these journalists, teachers, consultants, artists and editors came back with have this in common:

Hope.

1. Are we making our community feel better-informed or merely distracted?

By now we know the shocking truth: Seeing a ton of headlines on a news site makes many media consumers feel overwhelmed, not more plugged-in. On every page of my site, I want my visitors to think, “I can manage this.” And, “I want to know more about this.”

This means the layout and design of the page should communicate a clear hierarchy of information. It means the site should invite visitors with concise, high-level knowledge about topics that are relevant to them, and allow them to dive deep into the details wherever they choose. And it means we need to be very deliberate with our choices about what to present up front — I’d like to get out of the business of just shoveling up headlines to keep people clicking.

via kirk lapointe’s themediamanager.com

Reading Wired.com’s 6 New Web Technologies of 2008 You Need to Use Now, I wondered what the list would look like if tailored to journalism. As the Wired article admits, some great technologies that are critical today have been around longer, but rose to prominence in ‘08. All are important for Journalism 2.0, some more than others.

Journalists need new tools to work online. I started building this online database of such tools as a personal project, just a way to keep track of everything I was using. It has since grown into something I think others will find useful.

The site is in public beta for now. Eventually, I hope to move it to its own domain.

Anyone can browse this site and subscribe to our RSS feeds. Registering allows you to add new tools, add links to existing tools and bookmark tools, which will be saved on your contributor page.

If you find a bug, please email me and I’ll get on it. That address is good for general feedback, too. For more about who I am, check out my blog or my portfolio.

Journalism is NOT dependent on the fate of your employer, newspapers or mass media. Rather, YOU can help decide journalism’s future.

You can impact communication! If you’re interested in this, read on. If not, please leave a flame comment at the end of this post.

Over the past couple years, I’ve buried myself in learning business, marketing and journalism. Here’s some of the lessons I’ve stumbled on and some resources for putting them to use:

ADAPT

Swimming with the current can help you move along more quickly than fighting against it. If a river has flowed north-south for 50 years, and the flow suddenly changes to east-southwest, don’t you think it would be best to alter your course to sync with the current?

Journalists in today’s newsrooms need skilled, smart managers to support them as they try to do their best amidst cuts of too many kinds. They need managers who know how to communicate, motivate, build collaboration and navigate change. The new managers who spent a week at Poynter in December worked on all of those things. They were realistic about the challenges their newsrooms face in this economic climate and at the same time, they were eager to step up and lead.

For a lesson on the basics -– things every new manager should know — we turned to Joe Sullivan, sports editor of The Boston Globe. Joe runs a hard-working, high-performing team that has seen plenty of change and keeps delivering, in print and on the Web.
Joe put together a list of a dozen things new managers should know. Here’s Joe’s list, with my comments on each tip, including some links to additional reading(…)

Talking of new discoveries and useful things, my new glut of twitter followers has included a number with non-English language blogs that are rather spiffing. These include the French espritblog.com by Fabrice Gontier, who’s all over multimedia at the wonderfully titled Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journaliste. The perfectionnement des journaliste, I love that.  Another new follower is Antonio Granad whose blog Ponto Media I’ve been following for a while.  Of course there are plenty of other great foreign language blogs out there including: onlinejournalismus.de, r73.net and the wonderful Alex Gamela’s O Lago.

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05
Jan
09

The vehicle, the road or the voyage | O veículo, a estrada ou a viagem

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Hybrid model | Modelo híbrido - by rodrigo silveira

I believe newspaper companies are making a huge mistake when defining their business. This is not a new idea, but it is still happening.They’re trying to save the vehicle when they haven’t still understood how the vehicle has evolved: it is no longer a horse cart, but a  well designed Formula 1, powered by a state of the art last generation environment friendly engine.You can tell i don’t know much about cars but you get the idea.

Ok, but they want to keep the horse (fondly named Paper – even though they’re wanting to keep him out of the name). No harm about that, but its place is not in front of the car, doing all the hard work, but in a horse box pulled by the brand new car, as the luxury item it has become, well fed and properly treated. And the new machine needs new professionals with new technological expertises to keep it running.

Other mistake newspaper companies make is they decide which way to go. Come on people, that’s why buses aren’t the only way to go from A to B! People got their own cars to go wherever they like, whenever they like, alone or with their friends. No timetables, no fixed route. If there’s a shortcut (link?) we can take it because we want to and not go all the way around. But they stick to that same old dusty road they know so well, losing passengers more interested in choosing their own ways and destinations.

I fear newspapers have forgot what the car and the road are all about: travelling. It’s the experience, not the vehicle or the destination. TV and Radio know they are more sensorial experiences than ink on paper – a more brainy thing – and they do not seem to be asking for help like newspaper companies are. It’s the path, the way we choose to go left or right, and how we share our views – because travelling alone is not as fun as with others.

And when we finish the route as it is now with the newspapers, we find ourselves in the same place, when what people want is to end up in a whole new surrounding, with more knowledge than they first started.  A horse and  buggy can do, but we also long for the thrill of speed.

So their definition must take into account this: it’s all about the ride. Give us the options to enjoy it.

Acho que os jornais e as companhias que os detém estão a cometer um erro crasso na definição do seu negócio. Esta ideia não é nova,mas ainda acontece. Eles ainda estão a tentar salvar o veículo quando ainda não perceberam como é que ele evoluiu: já não é uma carroça, mas um Fórmula 1 bem desenhado,com um motor amigo do ambiente de última geração. Dá para ver que não percebo muito de carros mas estão a ver a ideia.

Tudo bem, eles ainda querem manter o cavalo (carinhosamente chamado de Papel- se bem que o queiram tirar do nome). Não tem mal nenhum, mas o seu lugar já não é a puxar o carro mas numa box a reboque, tratado como o bem de luxo que se tornou, bem alimentado e mimado. E o bólide precisa de novos profissionais especializados na nova tecnologia para o manter a funcionar.

Outro erro que as empresas dos jornais fazem é decidirem o trajecto. Então pessoal, é por isso que os autocarros deixaram de ser o transporte eleito de ir de A a B! As pessoas têm os seus próprios carros para irem onde quiserem quando quiserem,sozinhos ou com os amigos. Sem horários ou rota definida. Se houver um atalho (link?)podemos tomá-lo porque não queremos ir à volta. Mas os jornais teimam em seguir naquela estrada velha que tão bem conhecem, e perdem passageiros mais interessados em escolher o seu próprio caminho e destino.

Temo que os jornais se tenham esquecido do que para que o carro e a estrada servem: viajar. É a experiência, não o meio ou a chegada. A Tv e a Rádio sabem que são experiências mais sensoriais do que tinta no papel – uma coisa mais cerebral – e não as ouço a pedir por ajuda. É o caminho, a possibilidade de podermos ir pela esquerda ou pela direita, e como partilhamos os nossos pontos de vista – porque viajar acompanhado é sempre mais divertido.

E quando acabamos o percurso assim como está feito pelos jornais, acabamos sempre no mesmo sítio, quando o que as pessoas querem é terminar num local completamente diferente, com mais conhecimento do que quando acabaram. Uma carroça também serve mas também queremos o gozo da velocidade.

A definição passa por isto: é a viagem que interessa. Dêem-nos as opções para a podermos apreciar.

Continue a ler ‘The vehicle, the road or the voyage | O veículo, a estrada ou a viagem’

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Dez
08

Responsibility | Responsabilidade

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Paulo Querido, in ExpressoOnline

Alexandre Gamela is a journalist with an impressive curriculum with a wide knowledge about online journalism and social networks like-i dare to say it- very few others have in Portugal. His absorption capacity seems to be endless.

I follow Alexandre the most i can: I subscribe his blog O Lago | The Lake, that has the peculiarity of being bilingual (Alexandre has an unusual working ability) and accompany him in social networks. The day I start a newspaper, i’ll hire him. Until then, I read him and absorb, while no Newsroom grabs him – which is one of those wastes of talent only possible in an industry adrift.

Paulo Querido, ExpressoOnline

December has been overwhelming. I took a few days off to think some things through. I’ve been highly praised by people i respect and my blog was chosen to rank among other high quality bloggers at Journalism.co.uk. This is a reward for all the hard work i’ve been developing especially in this last year.

But this reward also carries the weight of responsibility. I have to do more and better. We – the new media pros and visionaries –  all do. Next year will be a hard year, but as we can learn from History, it is in hardship that people overcome their obstacles. And we shall overcome.

To all of those who have been following and linking back to The Lake, to all of those brilliant,generous minds with whom i learned so much, my deepest thank you. Without you i’d be nothing.

Happy 2009 to everyone.

Dezembro foi um mês avassalador.Tirei uns dias de descanso para pensar em algumas coisas. Fui altamente elogiado por pessoas que respeito e o meu blog foi escolhido para figurar entre outros de grande qualidade no Journalism.co.uk. É a recompensa por todo o trabalho árduo que desenvolvi este ano.

Mas esta recompensa traz também o peso da responsabilidade. Tenho que fazer mais e melhor. Nós- os profissionais e os visionários dos novos média- todos temos.O próximo ano vai ser difícil,mas como a História ensina,é na dificuldade que as pessoas se transcendem.E nós vamos fazê-lo.

Para todos aqueles que têm seguido e linkado para O Lago, para todas as mentes brilhantes e generosas com quem tenho aprendido tanto, os meus profundos agradecimentos.Sem vocês eu não sou nada.

Feliz 2009 para todos.

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