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.


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


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.


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

Lev Manovich’s new book

November 26, 2008

softbook-covera-icon1Software takes command. This is the title of Lev Manovich’s new book, published both in pdf and .doc format and for free downloading from the researcher’s own website. The first version has been released on November, 20, 2008. The .doc document includes footnotes not available in pdf format. No one of them include illustrations, nor a definitive cover. People is asked to submit their proposals. The publication has been done unde Creative Commons non commercial-no derivative works 3.0 license”,

“One of the advantages of online distribution which I can control is that I don’t have to permanently fix the book’s contents. Like contemporary software and web services, the book can change as often as I like, with new “features” and “big fixes” added periodically. I plan to take advantage of these possibilities. From time to time, I will be adding new material and making changes and corrections to the text”, explains the author.

Robert K. Logan talks about New Media

November 5, 2008

loganrobertRobert K. Logan, Emeritus Professor at Toronto University (Canada) talked on November 4, 2008, at the e-week of the University of Vic (Spain), and show his point of view on new media. Refreshing Marshall McLuhan’s ideas (especially those contained in Understanding Media), using his methodology, Logan explained the 14 characteristics of new media: to McLuhan’s classic ones, Logan adds portability (and time flexibility), convergence of media, interoperatibility, aggregation of content, convergence of producers and consumers, social collectivity and collaboration, remix culture, and transition from products to service.

In Logan’s opinion, the involvement with others increases with new media. Decentralisation of media systems contributes as well. Considered as extensions of mind, there is another difference between the press and the new media: printed press -said Logan- created nations and nationalism; Internet, on the other hand, creates world communities.

Asked whether new devices like e-book readers are changing our approach to information, Professor Logan answered that devices need to add readibility, searchability, the possibility of writing on the margins, and share contents with other readers.

Robert K. Logan is the author of many books and articles, including The Sixth Language: Learning a Living in the Internet Age and Understanding New Media.

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.

Terrorisme strikes University (and cannot silence it)

November 3, 2008

The Basque terrorist group ETA attempted last week against the University of Navarre (Spain), and injured 30 people. Fortunately, all of them are recovered and well.

Some of my colleagues (and friends) teach and research in the University of Navarre. This is how the bomb affected one of them, Ramon Salaverria’s office. Ramón Salaverria is one of the most reputed European researchers on cyberjournalism, and now is the director of the department of Journalistic Projects of the University of Navarre.

There is some good news, anyway: the terrorists have not silenced the power of word. Of course, they will never do.