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).

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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.