Alberto Cairo’s new book on Infographics

October 15, 2008

Alberto Cairo, one of the best infographists all over the world and currently teaching in the University of North Caroline (USA) has recently published a book on Infographics: Infografía 2.0 [Infographics 2.0]. In some 130 pages, Cairo explains the trends from aesthetics to scientific infographics. Professor Cairo analyzes the infographics published in the New York Times between September 2007 and April 2008.

Alberto Cairo is preparing a new book in English: Information Visualization in the News: Print and Multimedia Infographics Storytelling. A lot of people (including myself) are waiting for this book, Alberto!

Complete book reference:

Cairo, Alberto. Infografía 2.0. Visualización interactiva de información en prensa. Madrid: Alamut, 2008.

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21st Century Journalism in Barcelona

October 15, 2008

Kosmopolis, International Literature Fest of Barcelona (October 22-26, 2008), is dedicated this year to 21st Century Journalism. Next week a number of events will be offered at the CCCB (Center of Contemporaneous Culture of Barcelona). Amongst others, Dan Gillmor, Francis Pisani, Ribert S. Boynton and Amira Hass will take part. Boynton, Hass, and Carles Porta are invited to define “New-New Journalism“, and Gillmor and Pisani will talk about “You are the media“.

In addition, an exposition could be visited on convergence and hypertext, from October 22 to November 9, 2008, at the CCCB.


Nearby Cyberjournalism, a new book

October 15, 2008

Professor Xosé López García, leader of Novos Medios [New Media] Group, University University of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain) has recently published a new book: Ciberperiodismo en la proximidad [Nearby Cyberjournalism]. It deals on local online journalism, and offers some result of two research, centered in the local cyberpress aspects: the first one, The impact of the Internet in the mass-media in Spain (2005), funded by the Spanish Science and Technology Ministery and coordinated by me; and a new research, completed in 2007, by Novos Medios Group about the local items of three months published in five of the main Spanish online newspapers: ElPais.com, Abc.es, LaVoz.es, LaVanguardia.es and ElCorreoDigital.com.

The book includes a brief analysis of ten cases of local cybermedia in Spain, and of some visions on local journalism around the world, based in some articles by Jock Lauterer, Sara Platon and Mark Deuze, Bob Franklin and David Murphy, Erik Neveu, Bill Rolston and Greg McLaughlin, L. Larsson, Patricia Moy, Timothy A. Gibson and Oei Appiah.

Complete book reference:

López García, Xosé. Ciberperiodismo en la proximidad. Sevilla: Comunicación Social Ediciones y Publicaciones, 2008.


Open Access Journals on Media and Communication

October 15, 2008

56 journals on Media and Communication can be accessed at the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). This new association has born on October 14th, 2008. It embraces profit and non-profit publishing houses, university publishers, scholars and scientific associations, trying to create a publishing community in search of a new business model, tools and standards for open access journals. Most of them are peer reviewed.

[Thanks to Marcos Palacios, from GJOL].


Integration of newsrooms and difficulty of teaching Cyberjournalism

October 15, 2008

The Spanish website 233grados.com publishes an interview with Rosental Calmon Alves, Brazilian journalist, professor at the Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas (Austin, USA). Alves thinks that native digital users hav developed some areas in their brains that the previous generations have not. Professor Alves insists in the importance of teaching and transmitting ethic, professional values more than technological skills. In the last Assembly of the Inter American Press Association, during a conference on training of the new journalists, some journalism professors and newspaper directives from Spain, United Kingdom and Argentina have recognized the necessity and the difficulty of adapting the skills and the teaching of online journalism.

[A report on this conference – in Spanish – can be read at 233grados.com].

Rosental Calmon Alves considers that natural reluctance of printed press’ journalist to changes must be substituted by an open mind. “The journalist that renounce to take a picture or a video is losing a chance […]. You don’t need to substitute anyone; everyone should know a little bit of every technique and be able to use it when necessary”. Convergence is the future, says professor Alves: “In this transition times os integrationism or separatism, I am in favour of newsroom integration”.

Rosental C. Alves was the creator of the first Brazilian online newspaper, the Jornal do Brasil, in 1996.


E-paper and digital books

October 15, 2008

The digital book will surpass the paper production in 2018, says a major survey conducted by the Frankfurt Book Fair. The main conclusions of the survey answered by 1.000 professionals of 30 countries are:

• China’s digital influence in international publishing predicted to increase threefold in next five years
• Consumers, Amazon, Google believed to drive the digitization process
• E-content will overtake traditional books in sales by 2018
• Online bookselling named as most important development of the past 60 years

Most of the people interviewed for the survey think that they are ready for the digital change, but, at the same time, 60 per cent is not currently using any kind of e-book device. And only 22 per cent of the respondents think that consumers are leading the move towards digitisation, and the same percentage of people feel that partnership is to be prepared mainly with mobile devices manufacturers –and only 2 per cent feel that authors are doing something.

Anyway, as the survey says, 60 per cent of the publishers are not even thinking about publishing some book in digital format, and only 5 per cent of them think that e-book will bring some profit in five years.

There are some exceptions: Paulo Coelho, one of the greatest best seller authors all over the world, receives the homage of the Frankfurt Book Fair. He offers in his website some text in pdf format, including some translations (but not the original Portuguese text) of his most popular book, The Alchemist. As Coelho explained in the Fair, during 15 centuries, the book [the paper] has been invincible, but digital books are claiming for some room.

Is there happening which happened with photographs and film?