The students of Journalism of the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona do, once or twice a year, a professional news covering of a properly organised event. This year, the first professional simulation day is about a press conference given at the UPF by Alan D. Solomont, US ambassador in Spain. Future journalists have done it in a excellent way -in the humble opinion of their teachers- both in an Catalan/Spanish language blog and in an English-language one, in Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and using an streaming video service.
Robert K. Logan, Emeritus Professor at Toronto University (Canada) talked on November 4, 2008, at the e-week of the University of Vic (Spain), and show his point of view on new media. Refreshing Marshall McLuhan’s ideas (especially those contained in Understanding Media), using his methodology, Logan explained the 14 characteristics of new media: to McLuhan’s classic ones, Logan adds portability (and time flexibility), convergence of media, interoperatibility, aggregation of content, convergence of producers and consumers, social collectivity and collaboration, remix culture, and transition from products to service.
In Logan’s opinion, the involvement with others increases with new media. Decentralisation of media systems contributes as well. Considered as extensions of mind, there is another difference between the press and the new media: printed press -said Logan- created nations and nationalism; Internet, on the other hand, creates world communities.
Asked whether new devices like e-book readers are changing our approach to information, Professor Logan answered that devices need to add readibility, searchability, the possibility of writing on the margins, and share contents with other readers.
Robert K. Logan is the author of many books and articles, including The Sixth Language: Learning a Living in the Internet Age and Understanding New Media.
The First International Congress on Cyberjournalism will be held in Porto (Portugal) next December. Organised by the Observatory of Cyberjournalism, Center of Technology and Communication Science Studies, the Congress has a its main subject “Journalism 3G”. More especifically, speakers and papers s will try to explain convergence and multitextuality, backpack journalis, journalism and blogging, and citizen journalism.
Six professors will take part as speakers in the Congress. They will be Joao Canavilhas and Helder Bastos (authors of two recent doctoral thesis) from Portugal; Ramón Salaverría from Spain; Beth Saad from Brazil; and Rosental Calmon Alves, from the United States. Eric Krangel and Mark Deuze will talk to the audience virtually using videoconference. As an advance, Mark Deuze has written a post in his blog.
25 papers will be presented during the Congress. These papers are written in Portuguese, Spanish, Galician or English.
The Congress will take place on December 11 and 12, 2008, at the University of Porto.
Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, was in Barcelona last week, receiving a honoris causa doctorship in the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). He spoke with some journalists, one of the Ismael Nafría, director of digital contents of Godó Group, publisher of one of the most important Spanish newspapers, La Vanguardia. Nafira publishes in his blog Berners-Lee’s answers to his questions, one of them how he access information.
First of all, answered Tim Berners-Lee, he listens to radio everyday early in the morning, while he drives his car going to his job. Secondly, he search for information on the Web. Thirdly, he also reads newspapers.
(Please read more on Ismael Nafria’s blog: La Crónica de Internet).
By the way: La Vanguardia, 127 years old newspaper, one of the oldest in Europe, has recently opened to free access his historic archive, with great success.
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.
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.