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Porque é que nos preocupamos? | Why do we care?

Porque é o nosso ganha-pão. Não acham estranho que tanta gente, desde académicos, estudantes, desempregados, profissionais, discuta tanto algo que lhes escapa completamente do controle? Alguma vez viram um blog de um administrador de jornal a falar de uma forma positiva sobre o futuro dos jornais (positiva no sentido de estar a procurar soluções)? Se sim, mandem o link. Todos nós sabemos que a evolução dos média é essencial para a nossa sobrevivência. Mas não é só isso. Tem a ver com o equilíbrio social, tem a ver com a preservação cultural, tem a ver com olhar o mundo da forma mais clara possível como comunidade, como indivíduo, como cidadão. Por isso é que nos preocupamos.

Mark Hamilton neste post mais longo do que lhe é habitual (obrigado Mark) demonstra que uma reinvenção é necessária, mas que não está a acontecer à velocidade desejada. As notícias são pessimistas, mas são muitos que procuram as soluções: o Mark (que é professor e sabe quais são as suas responsabilidades), o Ryan Sholin, Paul Bradshaw, eu, e toda a gente de quem eu falo neste blog. Estamos fartos de queixinhas, queremos soluções. Porque nos preocupamos.

Because it’s our living. Don’t you think it’s odd that so many people , from academics, students, unemployed, professionals, discuss so much something that is out of their hands? Have you ever read a blog from a newspaper administrator talking in a positive way about the future of newspapers (positive in a way that it is looking for solutions) ? If you did, send me the link. We all know that media evolution is essential to our survival. But it is only about that. It has to do with social balance, it has to do with cultural preservation, it has to do with looking at the world in the clearest possible way as a community, an individual, as citizens. That’s why we care.

Mark Hamilton in this longer than usual post (thanks Mark) shows the need for a reinvention, but that is not happening at the desired rate. The news are pessimistic, but there are many out there that are looking to solve this: Mark (who is a teacher and understands his responsibilities) , Ryan Sholin, Paul Bradshaw, me, and everyone else that i talk about or make reference in this blog. We’re tired of whiners, we want solutions. Because we care.

I’m always wary of anyone who points with any certain to the future of media. And I have no greater insight into this mess, and the ways out of it, than anyone else. But there are some things that I feel relatively certain about, at least at the moment. (My conclusions are, as always, subject to change.)

Here’s what I’m thinking: driven by a recession that has accelerated its decline, the metro daily will be forced into a new, as yet unknown, form that will redefine newspapers not only in the U.S. but in Canada and, likely, other countries.

We’re only halfway through the year, and those tracking such things in the U.S. put the number of journalists who have been laid-off or bought out at over 6,000. We’ve seen a number of newspapers slash sections, cap the number of pages, increase ad-to-editorial ratios. The American recession is, in large part, driving this bus, but it slid behind the wheel at a time when the public’s changing habits, the disruption of the internet and other factors had already started to snip through the brake linings.

When I was the editor of a smallish newspaper, I went through a recession or two. The strategy was straight-forward: hang on, cut what costs you could — and some that you really couldn’t — and then rebuild when things improved. But by the time this current crisis (and that’s not too strong a word) plays out, I can’t see the rebuilding happening to any great degree.

Watching the reinvention, Mark Hamilton

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Links Emprestados | Borrowed Links

Do Mark Hamilton | From Mark Hamilton


Links para o fim de semana | Links for the weekend

Mark Hamilton tem sempre boas sugestões. Da sua lista de quarta-feira escolhi duas: “The newspaper disease” por Roger Black e uma lista de definições de Jornalismo (a minha favorita é a do Charlie Beckett, ando a ler o livro dele, e recomendo que o façam também). Depois tropecei com um interessante post “Blog como subversão do Jornalismo padrão” do blog brasileiro Coffee’n’Cigarrettes. Amostras e links abaixo. Bom fim de semana.

Mark Hamilton always has great suggestions. From his Wednesday Squibs i chose two: “The newspaper disease” by Roger Black, and a list of nine definitions for journalism ( my favorite is by cahrlie Beckett, i’m reading his book and i recommend you to do the same). Then i came across with an interesting post called “Blogs as a subversion of standard Journalism” from the brazilian blog Coffee’n’Cigarrettes. Samples and links below. Have a nice weekend.

INSIDE AND OUTSIDE of the paper, there’s no confusion about who the paper belongs to. Not the editors who built it, not the reporters who fill it with articles, but the men who bought and paid for it. – David Carr

This was the killer graph of David Carr’s mournful recent column, At the Journal, the Words Not Spoken.” There are two big assertions here—ones that helped cause the great slide in the newspaper business. First, Carr implies newspapers are for the newsroom, not for the readers. And second, he suggests that there’s something wrong with the owners of a paper actually running it.

These are wrong ideas, ones that have tripped up journalism over the last 50 years, setting a fluid, dynamic business like concrete, into a stiff, unresponsive institution. J-school defined the methodology; the unions dictated the job descriptions; and the big chains, with their organization charts and greed did the rest.

The newspaper disease, Roger Black


1. Networked says Charlie Beckett

‘A kind of journalism where the rigid distinctions of the past, between professional and amateur, producer and product, audience and participation, are deliberately broken down. It embraces permeability and multi-dimensionality.’ (Beckett via
8. A conversation says Dan Gillmor

‘Tomorrow’s news reporting and production will be more of a conversation or a seminar.’

Journalism: what is it now and where next?


A internet é hoje não apenas um meio de comunicação, como os jornalistas esperavam que ela fosse, mas também um meio de relacionamento. Entre estas novas formas de se relacionar proporcionadas pela internet, podemos citar os blogs. Estes são considerados fenômenos da comunicação e não fenômenos jornalísticos.

Blog como subversão do Jornalismo padrão

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Notas para video | Notes for video folks

Mark Hamilton dá-nos alguns links preciosos para se trabalhar em video e Soundslides.
Mark Hamilton shared with us some valuable links for video and Soundslides improvement.

Optimal Frame Dimensions for Flash Video offers advice for choosing optimal sizes for videos being converted to Flash. Apparently, the best results come from video sizes that are divisible by 16. Handy charts are provided for both SD and HD video.

DIY Filmmaking: Make Your Own Equipment & Tools is basically a list of links to instruction for building low-cost equipment such as boom poles, camera stabilizers, dollies and even windscreens. Plenty there for the tinkerer.

Soundslides creator Joe Weiss rocks us again! writes Richard Koci Hernandez as he points to a new service from Joe Weiss that offers a dead-easy way to create chaptered Soundslides slide shows. Expect to see this on a lot of media sites before too many more weeks have past.

And the the final piece of the four is for inspiration: Richard Koci Hernandez’s stunning personal website, which brings together his photography and personal video projects. Richard is not just a mainstay of the multimedia journalism education-through-the-web community, he is a talented, talented image maker and storyteller. I am in awe.”

Nós também. | So are we.

I moved | Mudei-me


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