Research on Cyberjournalism: Awards in Brazil

October 24, 2008

Professor Marcos Palacios (University of Bahia) and Suzana Barbosa (Fluminense University of Rio de Janeiro – Universidade Federal Fluminense) have obtained the awards to best senior researcher and best doctoral thesis, given by the Brazilian Society of Research on Journalism (SBPJor). Awards will be given  during the 6th Congress of the SBPJor, to be held in November.

Professor Marcos Palacios is one of the best researchers on journalism in Brazil. Journalist and Sociologist, he studied in the University of Liverpool, where he completed his doctoral studies in 1979. He taught at the University College of Swansea (1980-1982) and then he moved to Brazil. He taught at the University of Belem do Pará and Federal University of Bahia, where he is currently full professor of Journalism. Creator, along with professor Elias Machado, of the Grupo de Jornalismo Online (Online Journalism Group), probably one of the best one on this subject all over the world, with a constant research and bibliographic production from 1995 onwards, he has been the orientator of a great number of doctoral thesis which can be consulted in the website of the GJOL. One of the latest ones is Suzana Barbosa’s Jornalismo digital em base de dados [Database Online Journalism], awarded as the best doctoral thesis of this year. Dr. Suzana Barbosa has recently completed a postdoctoral stay at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), working within the Novos Medios Group, and is a recent member of the teaching staff of the Fluminense University of Rio de Janeiro.

Professor Palacios is the coordinator of a research network Brazil-Spain, currently doing a comparative research of Brazilian and Spanish cybermedia. The network has completed a couple of methodological volumes on cyberjournalism that will be published this year.

SBPJor is the major Association of Research of Journalism in Brazil. It organizes a congress a year, and published a journal in English, Brazilian Journalism Research. In its last issue some articles and book’s reviews on cyberjournalism (including one on professor Palacios’ last book on the subject) can be found.


Articles on new media

October 20, 2008

Tripodos, journal published by the Ramom Llull University of Barcelona, has published its last issue on “Windows for Information: New trends in Journalism”, coordinated by professors Pere Masip and Josep Lluís Micó.  One of the articles, Jane Singer’s “The Journalist in the Network: A Shifting Rationale for the Gatekeeping Role and the Objectivity Norm“, is written in English.

Some others are written in Spanish or Catalan. Most of them deal with convergence: for example, Ramon Salaverria and José Alberto García Avilés’ “La convergencia tecnológica en los medios de comunicación: retos para el periodismo” [“Technological convergence in the media: challenges for journalism”], as a result of ongoing project on convergence in Spain, and “Confluencia d’informatius a la Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals” [“News confluence within the Catalan Corporation of Audiovisual Media”], by Jaume Masdéu, director of Information Channels of the public radio and television of Catalonia.

Other articles are on mobile communication (Juan Miguel Aguado and Inmaculada J. Martínez’s text) or on the use of multimedia resources in the Spanish media (Pere Masip and Josep Lluís Micó’s article).


Writing for the Web

October 20, 2008

Christian Dunn, digital editor for NWN Media Ltd, publishers of the Evening Leader (UK), has published in the Journalism.co.uk website the second part of “How to: write for the Web“. This second part deals on how to write a good headline and (not) to ruin all in the first paragraph; how to make the article as “scannable” as possible, since Eyetrack experiments shows that most readers scan the text in a F pattern; how to use links; and how to end calling to action.

First part of this work dealt on how to facilitate people find the article, avoid the use of spamglish, keywords, and how to give the reader something he or she could not find in print.


Doctoral thesis in Portugal

October 20, 2008

Helder Bastos, professor at the University of Porto, will do tomorrow, October 21st, 2008, his Viva Voce. This is the second doctoral thesis produced by a Portuguese scholar on Cyberjournalism, and the first one to de defenden in Portugal, since the first on written by a Portuguese scholar, João Canavilhas, was done in the University of Salamanca, Spain, and written in Spanish.

Helder Bastos’ doctoral thesis is entitled “Ciberjornalistas em Portugal: Práticas, Papéis e Ética” [“Cyberjournalists in Portugal: Practice, Papers and Ethics”]. The Viva will be held at the Faculty of Social and Human Science, Universidade Nova of Lisbon.

Nelson Traquina is the director of this new doctoral thesis, as he was the orientator fo Helder Bastos’ master thesis in 1999, “Jornalismo Electrónico: Internet e Reconfiguração de Práticas nas Redacções” [“Online Journalism: Internet and the Reconfiguration of Newsroom Practices”], published later as a book. As a journalist, Helder Bastos worked in the Jornal de Notícias, Rádio Press e Diário de Notícias, and he is one of the creators of the Observatório do Ciberjornalismo [Observatory of Cyberjournalism], and one of the organisers of the I International Congress on Cyberjournalism, to be held at Porto (Portugal) on December 11 and 12, 2008.


Blogs and journalists: a survey

October 16, 2008

Paul Bradshaw’s Online Journalism Blog publishes the third part of “Blogging Journalists“, a survey on how blogging is changing journalism. “The networked, iterative and conversational nature of the blog format is changing how many journalists work in a number of ways”, says this study’s author.

The first part wan on context and methodology, the second one on how blogs affected journalists generate story ideas. The third part investigates in which way blogs have affected story researching.

As a result of the third part of the survey, Bradshaw conclude that “the nature of the relationship appears to be different, in that it is a two-way, ongoing process.” Sometimes, “this collaboration becomes a form of crowdsourcing”. Most journalists, according to the survey, find it easier to find sources who don’t come from a government agency or professional association”, but on the other hand “the pressure to publish meant more reliance on rumours, and less rigorous research” so the readers have “to clarify and fact-check.”

A fourth part of the survey is forthcoming, and it will deal on how blogging affects information gathering for a story.

Paul Bradshaw is Senior Lecturer in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University’s (UK) School of Media.


News on the Web: A study from Portugal

October 16, 2008

João Canavilhas, professor of the University of Beira Interior (Portugal) has published a book: Webnoticia. Propuesta de modelo periodístico para la WWW [Webnews. A proposal of a journalistic model for the WWW]. Although the book comes from Portugal, it is written in Spanish language. Professor Canavilha has some articles on this subject in English as well.

The book is accesible in pdf format by University of Beira Interior’s LabCom, a research group conducted by professor António Fidalgo. They publish all their books, with ISBN and professional format, as e-books, and offer as well the possibility of purchasing a printed issue.

The book has two parts: theory and experiments. The author makes in the first part a state of the art of the characteristics and research done on multimedia language and the news, and explain the metholodgy proposed for his study. In the second part, he explains some experiments done around two concepts: hypertext and multimediality. Finally, based on the syntax of hyperlinks, Canavilhas proposes a multimedia grammar for online news. based on four levels: basic level, explanation level, background level and exploration level.

The proposals were applied to the experimental online newspaper of João Canavilha’s own University in Covilhã, http://www.urbi.ubi.pt/.

Complet book reference:

Canavilhas, João. Webnoticia. Propuesta de modelo periodístico para la WWW. Covilhã: Universidade de Beira Interior, 2008


eJournalist: Call for papers

October 16, 2008

Ejournalist. A Refereed Media Journal is calling for articles. Deadline: November 30, 2008.

Ejournalist is an electronic journal, directed by Professor Alan Knight, Queensland University of Technology, published twice a year since 2001. The last issue (Volume 8, Number 1) has been published in the first semester of 2008.

The journal is published by the Faculty of Informatics and Communication, Central Queensland University, Australia.