Online journalism in Argentina: research book

October 28, 2009


  A research group from the National University of Comahue, in the Argentinian Patagonia, has launched a new book on online journalism. Dr Alejandro Rost, who wrote his doctoral thesis on interactivity (La interactividad en el periódico digital [Interactivity in digital newspapers, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, 2006), has participated in this book about hypertext, multimedia, participation and interactivity in Argentinian online media. The new book is entitled Periodismo digital en la Argentina [Online Journalism in Argentina].

Some other researchers of Comahue University, a research group conducted by professor Juan Carlos Bergonzi, have written the chapters of this book. It is the first time that a research group in Argentina makes such an empirical research on this subject. The book shows a complete landscape of online journalism in one of the greatest Latin American countries. Chapters include:

Argentina, the digital way (Juan Carlos Bergonzi)

Society and the Net (Juan Carlos Bergonzi)

On the Web, paper format. Digital newspapers in inner Argentina (María Teresa Bernardi, Fabián Bergero)

Trying to take off from paper. Ten years of Río Negro online (Alejandro Rost, Viviana García)

Hiperlinks and participation in Río Negro online (Alejandro Rost. Viviana García)

How do users navigate in online news websites (Alejandro Rost, María Emilia Pugni Reta, Ezequiel Apesteguía)

Complete reference:

 BERGONZI, Juan Carlos, Alejandro ROST, Fabián BERGERO, María Teresa BERNARDI, Viviana GARCÍA y María Emilia PUGNI RETA.
Periodismo digital en la Argentina. Diseño, interactividad, hipertexto y multimedialidad en sitios de noticias. General Roca: Publifadecs, 2008.

Interactivity and community newspapers: a survey

September 10, 2009

The last issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication publishes another article on online journalism:

Chung, Deborah S.; Nah, Seungahn. “The effects of interactive news presentation pf perceived user satisfaction of online community newspapers”. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 14 (2009), 855-874.

Amongst the findings of the research, conducted focusing on Kentucky (USA) online newspapers having a circulation of less than 50,000, “they indicate that indeed news audiences perceive their news consumption experiences to be positive when they are engaged by frequently using various interactive features. Correlation analysis shows that there is a robust relationship between the use of various interactive features and perceived satisfaction. In general, interactive features were used in moderation”.

The authors distinguish four types of interactive feature usage: customization (content submissions, letters to the editor, e-mail bylines), personalization (search, alerts, RSS, e-newsletters), choice features (audio, video, webcam) and interpersonal features (forums, chats, blogs, Q&A). According to the survey, “online news audiences use interactive features moderately to somewhat infrequently”, and “content submission features were used most frequently”.

Finally, the authors underline that althoug most of the literature “indicates the critical need for dialogical journalism, the interpersonal features of a news sites did not increase perceived satisfaction amongst users”, since “online community news audiences do not consider online newspapers to serve as a place for interpersonal communication”.

International Congress on Cyberjournalism to be held in Bilbao

May 15, 2009


During three days in November, an International Congress on Cyberjournalism and Web 2.0 will be held in Bilbao (Spain), organised by Dr Koldo Meso (University of the Basque Country). “The revolution of the citizen journalism” will be the main subject of this First Congress. During those three days (November 2009, 11, 12 and 13)  some of the most recognised scholars working on cyberjournalism and convergence in Portugal, Brazil and Spain will take part in this event. Marcos Palacios (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil) will open the congress explaining the relation between convergence and memory. Convergence, compensation and authors’ rights will be the subject of the second paper. The new media and the convergence of newsroom will be the third conference’s subject, by Dr Ramon Salaverría (University of Navarre). Dr Salaverria is the author of Integrated Journalism, a new book on newsroom convergence (to be published in English as well, soon).

During the second day, Prof António Fidalgo (University of Beira Interior, Portugal) will talk about convergence, webjournalism and mobile phones. Dr Koldo Meso will expos his research on journalists’ blogs in the Spanish reference dailies, and  Dr Bella Palomo (University of Málaga, Spain), will intervene on Administration 2.0: application of the social web in public institutions. Dr Pere Masip will speak on multimedia contents and convergence, during his conference time entitled “Under construction”.

Four more conference will be offered during the third day: Prof Xosé López (University of Santiago de Compostela Spain) will explain the tools of citizen journalism and the Web 2.0. Dr Elias Machado (University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) will explain his research on databases in cyberjournalism. Political campaigns and the use of the Web 2.0 will be the subject analysed by Dr Guillermo López (University of Valencia, Spain), especially centered on 2008 Spanish campaign. Finally, Dr Andrés Casero (University Jaume I, Castellò, Spain) will close the congress with a conference entitled “Revolution in the public sphere: how citizen journalism transforms politics”.

Papers will be accepted as well. Soon, in the Congress’ website a formulary will be accesible to those interested in sending a paper in any of the culture languages of the scholarly community, especially English, Portuguese, Spanish or any one of the Latinate languages.

Proposals must be sent to , from 15th May 2009 to 31st August 2009.

Online Journalism: Research Methods

March 3, 2009


As a continuation of the book in Spanish and Portuguese languages, a new (electronic) book has been recently launched: Online journalism: research methods. A multidisciplinary approach in comparative perspective. In this book, more than 40 researchers from Spain and Brazil have taken part, to offer an extract of the research methods they have used in the last ten years.

The chapters are:

1. Typology of online media

2. Genres in online jorunalism: a typological proposal

3. News and database architecture

4. Research methodologies in journalism design on the Internet

5. Narrativity

6. Methods of researching participatory journalism

7. Production routines

8. Media convergence

9. Teaching online journalism and its evaluation


The book has been published in Spanish as well.


Palacios, Marcos; Díaz Noci, Javier (eds.). Online journalism: research methods. A multidisciplinary approach in comparative perspective. Bilbao: Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco. ISBN 978-84-9860-191-6


Palacios, Marcos; Díaz Noci, Javier (eds.). Ciberperiodismo: métodos de investigación. Una aproximación multidisciplinar en perspectiva comparada. Bilbao: Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco.


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