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.

Reference:

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

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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.

Reference:

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


First International Congress on Cyberjournalism

November 3, 2008

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.


“And I also read newspapers…”

November 3, 2008

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.


New book: The Penetration of Online News, by An Nguyen

November 3, 2008

An Nguyen, lecturer in Journalism Studies, University of Stirling (Scotland), has just published a new book on cyberjournalism: The Penetration of Online News. Past, Present and Future.

Dr. Nguyen comes from the University of Queensland, Australia, where he completed his PhD in Media and Communication Studies. He was also a journalism practitioner in Vietnam. Currently he is teaching at Stirling. Interested in online journalism and its audience, he has published articles on online journalism from 2003 onwards. Some of them can be accessed from his own website.

An Nguyen wonders in his book whether “online news gradually displace and then replace older news forms”, as well as whether “the rise of blogs, forums and other ‘Web 2.0’ platforms spell a slow death of journalism”. From an interdisciplinary and international perspective, he explains the the socio-technical dynamics of the diffusion of this new form of making news and deals on the take up of news technologies in the newsrooms.

Another book on cyberjournalism has been published in Germany this year, about Austrian online media: Österreichische Online-Medien, by Dieter Marek and Moritz Omasits (Facultas Universitätsverlag, 2008).

Complete book reference: Nguyen, An. The Penetration of Online News: Past, Present and Future. Saarbrücken: VDM Publishing, 2008.


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.


Articles on new media

October 20, 2008

Tripodos, journal published by the Ramom Llull University of Barcelona, has published its last issue on “Windows for Information: New trends in Journalism”, coordinated by professors Pere Masip and Josep Lluís Micó.  One of the articles, Jane Singer’s “The Journalist in the Network: A Shifting Rationale for the Gatekeeping Role and the Objectivity Norm“, is written in English.

Some others are written in Spanish or Catalan. Most of them deal with convergence: for example, Ramon Salaverria and José Alberto García Avilés’ “La convergencia tecnológica en los medios de comunicación: retos para el periodismo” [“Technological convergence in the media: challenges for journalism”], as a result of ongoing project on convergence in Spain, and “Confluencia d’informatius a la Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals” [“News confluence within the Catalan Corporation of Audiovisual Media”], by Jaume Masdéu, director of Information Channels of the public radio and television of Catalonia.

Other articles are on mobile communication (Juan Miguel Aguado and Inmaculada J. Martínez’s text) or on the use of multimedia resources in the Spanish media (Pere Masip and Josep Lluís Micó’s article).