Online Newsgathering, by S. Quinn and S. Lamble

February 27, 2009

newsgathering1Stephen Quin and Stephen Lamble have published a book on  how the Internet is changing journalism The title is Online newsgathering. Research and reporting for journalism. In this book, the authors alaysed how technology is changing the journalists’ routines, how blog are and increasing tool for research and newsgathering, or how to find trustful information beyond Google.

The book analyses citizen-jorunalism and used-generated content, and wonders how to evaluate information quality. Finally, some chapters are dedicated to Computer-Assisted Reporting. The handbook gives as well a chapter which gathers useful websites and links for journalists.  


Quinn, Stephen; Lamble, Stephen. Online newsgathering. research and reporting for journalism. Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-240-80851-2

Cyberjournalism in Venezuela

February 27, 2009

108_ciberperiodismo_ucab3Venezuela is one of the Spanish language countries where the studies about cyberjournalism are young but increasingly growing. The first academic meeting was in 2004, the I Forum of Online Journalism [I Foro de Periodismo Digital], organised by the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. Some other academic events have taken place since then, and some books have been published as well, i.e. Miladys Rojano’s Diez años de periodismo digital en Venezuela , 1996-2006 [Ten years of online journalism in Venezuela, 1996-2006].

Now a new book is added to the bibliography on the subject in Latin America. Carlos Arcila  (University of Los Andes y Táchira) has coordinated a book entitled Comunicación digital y Ciberperiodismo. Nuevas prácticas de la comunicación en los entornos virtuales [Digital communication and Online Journalism. New practices in digital enviroments’ communication].

Structure of the book:

Prologue (Javier Díaz Noci)

Introduction (Carlos Argila)

Part I: Digital environments and communication

1. Digital communication (Carlos Argila)

2. Web 2.0: Definition and uses (Miladys Rojano)

Part II: Online journalism

3. Cyberjournalism, a post-journalism? (Jesús María Aguirre)

4. Cyberjournalism in the 21st century (Exequíades Chirinos)

5. Newsmaking. Creation of original contents (Carlos Argila)

6. The pyramid model. Non-lineal (Joyceleine Scarleth Urdaneta Castillo)

7. Design and construction of an online information service (Patricia Henríquez Coronell and Carmen Aidé Valecillos Vázquez)

Part III: The new journalist

8. The digital intellectual journalist: two images of change (Carlos Delgado Flórez)

9. Journalist’s behaviour in the networked society (Mabel Calderín)

10. Ethical training of journalists in the digital era: articulations and tensions (Fernando Villalobos G. and Marialejandra Montiel de Rodríguez).


Arcila, Carlos (Coord.). Comunicación digital y ciberperiodismo. Nuevas prácticas de la comunicación en los entornos virtuales [Digital communication and Online Journalism. New practices in digital enviroments’ communication]. Caracas: Universidad Andrés Bello, 2008. 236 p. ISBN: 978-980-244-551-6

Methodology for the study of cybermedia

February 27, 2009

metodologiaAs a fruit of an international cooperation amongst two research networks from Brazil and Spain, a new book has been launched at the end of 2008: Metodologia para o estudo dos cibermeios. Estado da arte & perspectivas [Methodology for the study of online media. State of the art and perspective], coordinated by Javier Díaz Noci and Marcos Palacios.

The book gathers the contribution of more than 40 researchers of both countries, papers that were presented at an encounter held in the Faculty of Communication of the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil) in December, 2007. The book was presented at the second meeting held in Sao Paulo in November, 2008.

The volume has been published by EDUFBA, the publishing house of the University Federal of Bahia. The text are in Portuguese or in Spanish. A more destilled version of the book will be published in 2009, in English, to offer the international community the points of views, trends and perspective of the methodological work done by this internationl network.


Díaz Noci, Javier; Palacios, marcos (orgs.). Metodologia para o estudo dos cibermeios. Estado da arte & perspectivas [Methodology for the study of online media. State of the art and perspective]. Salvador de Bahia: EDUFBA, 2008. 358 p. ISBN: 978-85-232-0541-6

Fernando Zamith: A research on Portuguese journalistic websites

February 25, 2009

ciberjornalismo_k-fullinit_Fernando Zamith, from the University of Porto, launched during the I Congress on Cyberjournalism a book which contains his master dissertation work. The book’s title is Ciberjornalismo: As potencialidades da Internet nos sites noticiosos portugueses [Cyberjournalism: The potenciality of the Internet in the Portuguese journalistic websites]. The books is divided in five chapters plus a conclusion. First of all, Zamith analyses which is the impact of the Internet in journalism. In the second chapter, he explains the characteristics of the new medium: hypertext, multimedia, interactiviy, personalisation, memory, instantaneity, ubiquity, hypermedia and contextualization.

The third and fourth chapters are devoted to the field research done in the Portuguese online newspapers, and how they get profit of the characteristics to be measured. In the fifth chapter, Fernando Zamith explain which is the scenery of online media in his country.

The main conclusions of the research are: the Portuguese online newspapers use very few hypertext, multimedia and interactivity; they give access to their archives, but get very few profit from it; the rhythtm of information renewal is very low; and they haven’t realised how important is the ubiquity Internet offers. Personalization is also very poor.


Zamith, Fernando.  Ciberjornalismo: As potencialidades da Internet nos sites noticiosos portugueses .  Porto: Afrontamento, 2008. 113 p. ISBN 978-972-36-0995-0

Guillermo López launches new book

February 25, 2009

cibermedios145Guillermo López, teaching at the University of Valencia (Spain) has launched a new book. It is a research on the online media of the autonomous community of Valencia, entitled Los cibermedios valencianos: cartografía, características y contenidos [The Valencian Cybermedia: cartography, characteristics and contents]. Dr. López and his team have carried out a complete catalogue and research of 232 online media.

The book has been published by the University of Valencia in pdf format, and can be downloaded for free. The website of the book also offers additional contents: a brief version of the conclusions, the catalogue, and the analysis variables.

The audiences of the media analysed are periodically revised as well.

lopez_2This is the second time Dr. Guillermo López publishes a pdf book on cyberjournalism. As an editor, he published in 2008 a volume entitled Comunicación local y nuevos formatos periodísticos en Internet [Local communication and new journalistic formats on the Internet]. This book also can be downloaded from the Web, and includes some papers of a seminar held at the University of Valencia in 2008 on the situation of cybermedia in Spain, the especific case of Valencian cybermedia, and on the new format of the online journalism.


López García, Guillermo et al. Los cibermedios valencianos: cartografía, características y contenidos. Valencia:  Servei de Publicacions de la Universitat de València, 2008.
167 pages. ISBN: 978-84-691-5787-9