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23
Jul
08

Por conta própria | On your own

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You can be a journalist without a job at a mainstream news organization

That headline seems obvious, no?

Then why is it that when journalists see layoffs, buyouts, and newspaper companies in trouble, they sigh and say “Should I stop wasting my time and start applying to advertising agencies?

Really?

“You can be a journalist without a job at a mainstream news organization”, Ryan Sholin

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If you have the skills, people will call

Yes, it is a tough time for journalism graduates — or anyone looking for a journalism job — but there are jobs available for people with desirable skills.

Recent journalism graduate Kyle Hansen just accepted a job at the Las Vegas Sun. More noteworthy, is that in this terrible time for journalism companies and the economy, he had interviews in five different states with newspapers. Five different states.

What skills does Hansen have that most recent journalism graduates don’t? Well, for starters, he blogs. It doesn’t have to be the best or most popular blog, but having a blog shows potential employers that Hansen is willing to try out new tools and that he has an understanding of the power of blogging.

“If you have the skills, people will call” , Journalism Iconoclast

O que é que sabem fazer? A sério. Quais são as vossas competências? Porque é  que querem ser jornalistas (ou outra coisa qualquer) ? Eu ando a fazer estas questões a mim mesmo há já algum tempo, e há umas que vão tendo respostas mais concretas. Mas o que vejo é que muita gente não sabe que jornalismo é acima de tudo uma actividade. Não se diz que se gosta de correr, corre-se e pronto. Os profissionais estão cada vez mais por conta própria, e isso não é necessariamente mau. Façam um bom trabalho e mostrem-no. Com sorte, alguém há-de reparar.

What do you know to do? Really. What are your skills? Why do you want to be a journalist  (or anything else)? I’ve been asking myself these same questions for quite some time now, and there are a few which are getting some concrete answers. But what i’m watching is that there’s a whole lot of people that doesn’t know that journalism is an activity. You can’t say  you like to run, you just run. Professionals are more and more on their own, and that may not be a bad thing. Do the best work you can and show it. With luck, someone will notice.

Every single one of my interviews was a direct result of my experience blogging or editing video. Of course, another key is who you know. Two of the three places I was considering were places that I knew people working there. One of the others was a place that someone I knew recommended.

Kyle Hansen

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01
Jul
08

Contadores de histórias ou fornecedores de informação? | Storytellers or information providers?

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Pat Thornton, o Iconoclasta, questiona se os jornalistas são contadores de histórias ou fornecedores de informação. Ele assume-se claramente como o segundo: “De facto, eu não sou muito bom a contar histórias. Mas posso vos dar muitos factos, números e informação”.

Eu concordo com a ideia de que nem todos os jornalistas sabem contar histórias, e muitas vezes deviam ser impedidos de o fazer. Mas quando se passa tanto tempo a trabalhar com palavras e pessoas, é inevitável que os factos ganhem vida e se transformem numa narrativa não ficcional, ou seja, numa estória. E se adicionarmos imagem e som, tudo isto ganha novas dimensões.

Facto ou fábula? Tudo o que sirva melhor o utilizador, o jornalista e a nossa consciência colectiva. Dar um número em vez de um nome, mostrar uma bandeira em vez de uma cara, uma estatística em vez de uma declaração, é a diferença entre a frieza factual e a humanização das notícias. Eu sei que o Pat Thornton não está a usar uma posição extremista, pelo contrário, ele apela a uma moderação no que se vai fazendo com os novos meios, ainda cheios de armadilhas.

Mas não deixo de sorrir quando ele se refere ao amigo que diz “que não é um jornalista mas um contador de histórias”. Será esse o caminho? E vocês, o que são?

Pat Thornton, the Iconoclast, wonders if journalists are storytellers or information providers. He clearly comes out as the latter: “I’m not very good at telling oral stories. But I can tell you a lot of facts, figures and information.”

I agree with the thought that not even all journalists know how to tell stories, and often they should be stopped from doing it. But when you spend so much time juggling with people and words, it’s inevitable that facts come to life and become a non-fivtional narrative, in other words, a news story.And if we add image and sound this whole concept grows into a whole new level.

Fact or fable? All that serves better the user, the journalist and our collective conscience. To give a number instead of a name, to show a flag instead of a face, a stat instead of a quote, that is the difference between cold fact and new humanization. I know that Pat Thornton isn’t taking an extreme stand on this, quite the opposite, he appeals for a moderation in current practice, especially when we remember the new media, still filled with traps.

But i can’t help to smile when he refers to his buddy that said “I’m not a journalist. I’m a storyteller.” Is that the way? And what about you? Are you tellers or providers?

I’m not a storyteller — I’m an information provider

A lot of journalists got into this business because they like to tell stories.

I think that’s one fundamental reason why so many journalists have a hard time adapting to the changing news landscape. For me, it was never about the story — it was always about the information and news.

So, if the format changes, it doesn’t really bother me. I’m not married to the format or the medium. I’m not here to weave intricate narratives and tell stories.

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