Call for Papers

June 18, 2009

Call for papers to be presented in the I International Congress of Online Journalism and Web 2.0: “The Revolution of Citizen Journalism”, which will be held in Bilbao from November 11th to 13th 2009, is now open.

All the proposals must be presented to one of the thematic sections of the Congress, adapted to the style norms of the Congress.

The proposals for papers must be sent to

All of the accepted papers will be published in the Congress proceedings.

The dates related to the conference to remember are as follows:

May 15th 2009
The period for presenting proposals for papers opens.

August 31st 2009
The period for sending accepted papers closes.

September 1st 2009
The period of inscription opens, both for participants with an accepted paper (reserve of 1 inscription per paper) and for all those interested.

November 6th 2009
End of inscription for speakers and panel-members.

November 11th 2009
Start of Congress.

More information at the website of the Congress.


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.

It’s April Fools, guys!

April 1, 2009

Maybe it will be true in a (near) future. Maybe everything can be explained in just 140 words in some Twitter format, and maybe some daily journals are considering to do some movements towards these new newswriting formats but…


…today it is April Fools, and The Guardian published… a joke. Anyway, some other media took it seriously.


One thing it is true: when you are doing journalism -needless to say, in print, audiovisual or on the Internet- it is not just reproduce information as quickly as possible: you always need to confirm information.

Otherwise… oooooops!!! You’ll have to reconsider your news…


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