David Domingo and Chris Paterson’s new book

October 16, 2008

David Domingo and Chris Paterson have published a new book: Making Online News. The Ethnography of New Media Production. Paterson and Domingo are the editors of a dozen chapters with researchs by researchers like Edgardo García (Argentina), Thorsten Quandt, Anthony Cawley, Jane Singer, etc., and an epilogue by Mark Deuze about a sociology of online news.
The book claims for recovering the sociology and ethnography practised in newsrooms durin the ‘70 by, amongst others, Gaye Tuchman. The guiding premise of this work is “that only ethnographic methofdologies derived from anthropological and sociological traditions can como close to provinding an adequate description of the culture and practice of media production, and the mindset of media producers”. “This is impossible with other methods”, conclude the editors, “such as surveys or web content analysis -the dominant modes of online news research”.
Being a practitioner of such “obsolete” methods, including hypertext theory applied to journalism, I do find complementary both traditions, aren’t they?
[For people abroad, David Domingo, me and 22 researchers are collaborating on a study of convergence in Spanish newsrooms, conducted by professor Ramón Salaverría, with optimal results!].
David Domingo, after a couple of years as a visiting professor in Iowa University, has recently returned to the Rovira i Virgili University in Catalonia. Welcome back, David!
Complete book reference:
Domingo, David; Paterson, Chris. Making Online News. The Ethnography of New Media Production.  New York etc.: Peter Lang, 2008.

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Accesibility and pdf format

October 16, 2008

Lluís Codina, professor of Pompeu Fabra University, is a colleague and friend of mine. He has a lot of articles on documentation, evaluation of web sites, e-books and some other subjects. One of them is cyberjournalism.

One of his latest articles is about the real accesibility of pdf format in online newspapers. Along with Ramón Voces, he has published an article on a Spanish ISI Journal, El profesional de la información. As a conclusion: most of the Spanish online newspapers have a pdf version, but almost half of them (47 per cent) use an old version. The rest of the, 52,2%, use a modern version of the software but do not mark the document. None of the newspaper analysed can be considered accesible.

Web accesibility, explain the authors, “is not limited nor to web pages or xhtml format”, and “potential accessibility is not real accessibility”.

Dr. Lluís Codina is responsible for Hypertext.net e-journal, co-editor of a weblog on digital documentation, and coordinator of DigiDoc Research Group.


Etnography and Cyberjournalism: A recent book

October 16, 2008

More on etnography as a research method in cyberjournalism. Dr. Pere Masip (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona) has published a book in which the best parts of his doctoral thesis, defended in 2006. The title of the book is Internet a les redaccions: informació diària i rutines periodístiques [Internet inside the newsrooms: daily information and journalistic routines].   

Dr. Masip’s work analyses the introduction of the Internet technologies in some Catalan newsrooms.  Form and contents are conditioned by the avaliability of some technical tools, in Dr. Masip’s opinion, in every step of the journalistic work: gathering, production and distribution -maybe, the very essence of journalism is changing. Internet is not only a tool for journalists, it is a very important news source. The book analyses, thus, to which extent Internet has changes everyday job in Catalan newsrooms.

Pere Masip (Barcelona, 1968) is doctor in Journalism (Ramon Llull University), graduate in Geography and History, graduate in Biblioteconomy and Documentation (University of Barcelona). Currently teaches at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication, Ramon Llull University. Member of a research group on convergence in Spain.

Complete book reference:

Masip, Pere. Internet a les redaccions: informació diària i rutines periodístiques. Barcelona: Trípodos; Blanquerna, 2008.


Research on Cyberjournalism in Peru

October 16, 2008

Research on cyberjournalism is growing up in Latin America. Not only in countries like Mexico, Venezuela or Argentina -and, of course, Brazil, where the research tradition in journalism is experienced and strong-, also in Peru. A recent book has been published in this country, the first one released on this subject: Ciberperiodismo en Perú. Análisis de los diarios digitales, [Cyberjournalsim in Peru. Analysis of digital newspapers] by Lyudmyla Yezers’ka.

The book explains the history of cyberjournalism in Peru from its origins, in 1995, since 2005. The author analyses the influence that the birth of cyberjournalism has caused in Peruvian entreprises and professionals, using both a quantitative and a qualitative approach.

The work is bases on the doctoral thesis of Lyudmyla Yezers’ka, supervised by Dr. Ramón Salaverría, who has written the prologue of the book

Complete book reference:

Yezers’ka, Lyudmyla. Ciberperiodismo en Perú. Análisis de los diarios digitales. Lima: Editorial San Marcos, 2008.


Narratology and videogames

October 16, 2008

A new book has been published in Catalonia about narratology and videogames, edited by professor Carlos Scolari, University of Vic. The title is L’homo videoludens. Videojocs, textualitat i narrativa interactiva [Homo videoludens. Videogames, textuality an interactive narrative] The book asks for the definitive constitution of videogame as a research object, from the point of view of narratology and semiotics.

The volume offers ten chapters (plus Scolari’s introduction), written in Catalan and Spanish. It has also a chapter in English, Henry Lowood’s “Reply culture. Performarmance and spectatorship in gameplay”. Interfaces, chronologies, strategies of network games, interactivity are analyzed along the pages of the book

Complete book reference:

Scolari, Carlos (ed.). L’homo videoludens. Videojocs, textualitat i narrativa interactiva. Vic: EUMO, 2008.


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.


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.