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.

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News on the Web: A study from Portugal

October 16, 2008

João Canavilhas, professor of the University of Beira Interior (Portugal) has published a book: Webnoticia. Propuesta de modelo periodístico para la WWW [Webnews. A proposal of a journalistic model for the WWW]. Although the book comes from Portugal, it is written in Spanish language. Professor Canavilha has some articles on this subject in English as well.

The book is accesible in pdf format by University of Beira Interior’s LabCom, a research group conducted by professor António Fidalgo. They publish all their books, with ISBN and professional format, as e-books, and offer as well the possibility of purchasing a printed issue.

The book has two parts: theory and experiments. The author makes in the first part a state of the art of the characteristics and research done on multimedia language and the news, and explain the metholodgy proposed for his study. In the second part, he explains some experiments done around two concepts: hypertext and multimediality. Finally, based on the syntax of hyperlinks, Canavilhas proposes a multimedia grammar for online news. based on four levels: basic level, explanation level, background level and exploration level.

The proposals were applied to the experimental online newspaper of João Canavilha’s own University in Covilhã, http://www.urbi.ubi.pt/.

Complet book reference:

Canavilhas, João. Webnoticia. Propuesta de modelo periodístico para la WWW. Covilhã: Universidade de Beira Interior, 2008


David Domingo and Chris Paterson’s new book

October 16, 2008

David Domingo and Chris Paterson have published a new book: Making Online News. The Ethnography of New Media Production. Paterson and Domingo are the editors of a dozen chapters with researchs by researchers like Edgardo García (Argentina), Thorsten Quandt, Anthony Cawley, Jane Singer, etc., and an epilogue by Mark Deuze about a sociology of online news.
The book claims for recovering the sociology and ethnography practised in newsrooms durin the ‘70 by, amongst others, Gaye Tuchman. The guiding premise of this work is “that only ethnographic methofdologies derived from anthropological and sociological traditions can como close to provinding an adequate description of the culture and practice of media production, and the mindset of media producers”. “This is impossible with other methods”, conclude the editors, “such as surveys or web content analysis -the dominant modes of online news research”.
Being a practitioner of such “obsolete” methods, including hypertext theory applied to journalism, I do find complementary both traditions, aren’t they?
[For people abroad, David Domingo, me and 22 researchers are collaborating on a study of convergence in Spanish newsrooms, conducted by professor Ramón Salaverría, with optimal results!].
David Domingo, after a couple of years as a visiting professor in Iowa University, has recently returned to the Rovira i Virgili University in Catalonia. Welcome back, David!
Complete book reference:
Domingo, David; Paterson, Chris. Making Online News. The Ethnography of New Media Production.  New York etc.: Peter Lang, 2008.


Etnography and Cyberjournalism: A recent book

October 16, 2008

More on etnography as a research method in cyberjournalism. Dr. Pere Masip (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona) has published a book in which the best parts of his doctoral thesis, defended in 2006. The title of the book is Internet a les redaccions: informació diària i rutines periodístiques [Internet inside the newsrooms: daily information and journalistic routines].   

Dr. Masip’s work analyses the introduction of the Internet technologies in some Catalan newsrooms.  Form and contents are conditioned by the avaliability of some technical tools, in Dr. Masip’s opinion, in every step of the journalistic work: gathering, production and distribution -maybe, the very essence of journalism is changing. Internet is not only a tool for journalists, it is a very important news source. The book analyses, thus, to which extent Internet has changes everyday job in Catalan newsrooms.

Pere Masip (Barcelona, 1968) is doctor in Journalism (Ramon Llull University), graduate in Geography and History, graduate in Biblioteconomy and Documentation (University of Barcelona). Currently teaches at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication, Ramon Llull University. Member of a research group on convergence in Spain.

Complete book reference:

Masip, Pere. Internet a les redaccions: informació diària i rutines periodístiques. Barcelona: Trípodos; Blanquerna, 2008.


Research on Cyberjournalism in Peru

October 16, 2008

Research on cyberjournalism is growing up in Latin America. Not only in countries like Mexico, Venezuela or Argentina -and, of course, Brazil, where the research tradition in journalism is experienced and strong-, also in Peru. A recent book has been published in this country, the first one released on this subject: Ciberperiodismo en Perú. Análisis de los diarios digitales, [Cyberjournalsim in Peru. Analysis of digital newspapers] by Lyudmyla Yezers’ka.

The book explains the history of cyberjournalism in Peru from its origins, in 1995, since 2005. The author analyses the influence that the birth of cyberjournalism has caused in Peruvian entreprises and professionals, using both a quantitative and a qualitative approach.

The work is bases on the doctoral thesis of Lyudmyla Yezers’ka, supervised by Dr. Ramón Salaverría, who has written the prologue of the book

Complete book reference:

Yezers’ka, Lyudmyla. Ciberperiodismo en Perú. Análisis de los diarios digitales. Lima: Editorial San Marcos, 2008.


Narratology and videogames

October 16, 2008

A new book has been published in Catalonia about narratology and videogames, edited by professor Carlos Scolari, University of Vic. The title is L’homo videoludens. Videojocs, textualitat i narrativa interactiva [Homo videoludens. Videogames, textuality an interactive narrative] The book asks for the definitive constitution of videogame as a research object, from the point of view of narratology and semiotics.

The volume offers ten chapters (plus Scolari’s introduction), written in Catalan and Spanish. It has also a chapter in English, Henry Lowood’s “Reply culture. Performarmance and spectatorship in gameplay”. Interfaces, chronologies, strategies of network games, interactivity are analyzed along the pages of the book

Complete book reference:

Scolari, Carlos (ed.). L’homo videoludens. Videojocs, textualitat i narrativa interactiva. Vic: EUMO, 2008.


Alberto Cairo’s new book on Infographics

October 15, 2008

Alberto Cairo, one of the best infographists all over the world and currently teaching in the University of North Caroline (USA) has recently published a book on Infographics: Infografía 2.0 [Infographics 2.0]. In some 130 pages, Cairo explains the trends from aesthetics to scientific infographics. Professor Cairo analyzes the infographics published in the New York Times between September 2007 and April 2008.

Alberto Cairo is preparing a new book in English: Information Visualization in the News: Print and Multimedia Infographics Storytelling. A lot of people (including myself) are waiting for this book, Alberto!

Complete book reference:

Cairo, Alberto. Infografía 2.0. Visualización interactiva de información en prensa. Madrid: Alamut, 2008.