Covering news live: Conference with the US ambassador in Spain

March 5, 2010

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.

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Spanish internauts don’t wanna pay: the case of ElPais.com

September 14, 2009
el_pais_no_pagarSeptember 11th, 2009: one of the most important digital newspapers in Spain, ElPais.com, asks their readers/internauts whether they would agree to pay for “quality contents”. September 14th, 2009, three days later, the answer is a clear “no”. The survey says that just 12% of the readers agree with the proposal, and 86% don’t want to pay for the journalistc contents of the newspaper, even though if they are “quality contents” (are not quality contents all the news offered by the newspaper and its website?).
This kind of surveys (journalism professor always insists on it in the classroom) are not scientific at all. But they can be meaningful, at least.
By the way, what do readers and newspapers (i.e., Elpais.com) consider “quality contents”?

Research on Cyberjournalism: Awards in Brazil

October 24, 2008

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.


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.