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Os Media em 2011: Previsões

O meu caro amigo Mr.Steed desafiou-me para fazermos um post conjunto com as previsões para os media em 2011. Consultámos algumas pessoas cuja opinião nos pareceu ser pertinente, tanto da nossa praça como além fronteiras, sobre o que poderão ser as tendências para o negócio dos media num futuro próximo.

É claro que há riscos neste tipo de coisas. Existe uma frase feita que diz que a mudança está a ocorrer mais depressa do que a nossa adaptação a ela. E quando falo de nós, refiro-me quer a utilizadores, quer a produtores de conteúdos. Atravessamos a maior revolução desde a Revolução Industrial, que assenta não só em avanços tecnológicos mas também em novas relações entre os media e os seus públicos, entre instituições e cidadãos comuns, entre os próprios utilizadores.

Se tiverem dúvidas pensem nisto: o Youtube tem 5 anos; o Google tem 10; o Facebook tem quase 600 milhões de utilizadores, e quantos de vocês estão lá há mais de 2 anos? E que consequências traz algo como o Wikileaks? E quantas vezes a Internet e as redes sociais são referidas nos noticiários, nos jornais, e quantas vezes as primeiras informações surgem através de cidadãos anónimos (cada vez mais um paradoxo), com vídeos filmados com telemóveis, fotografias imediatamente colocadas na rede, ou tweets durante os acontecimentos?

A esta nova lógica juntam-se dispositivos completamente novos, que exigem uma linguagem e formas de comunicação também completamente novas. A primeira década do século XXI vai ficar na história como a década da Revolução Digital. Por isso, qualquer exercício de adivinhação é uma tarefa complicada.

Neste post vou só destacar algumas das ideias propostas pelos nossos convidados, mas poderão ler tudo na íntegra no blog do Mr.Steed, onde ele faz as suas próprias previsões para o ano que se avizinha.

Uma coisa é certa: são tempos incríveis para se ser jornalista, e poucas gerações se podem gabar de poder ter vivido algo que tenha afectado a maneira de nos relacionarmos com o mundo de forma tão profunda, como ao que estamos a assistir todos os dias.

Algumas redações vão descobrir em 2011 que: 1) existe uma coisa chamada World Wide Web; 2) os computadores servem para mais do que bater texto, editar imagem, ver p0rn/receitas e receber spam; 3) o Internet Explorer dá para fazer mais coisas do que ler blogs e os sites da concorrência. Do número de descobertas dependerá a velocidade da migração dos jornais para as plataformas a que continuamos a chamar novas como se a última década tivesse demorado três meses.

Paulo Querido

I said that things would get ugly in 2010 and have been sadly proved right. I think they’ll get even uglier in 2011 as the reaction against the shift in power grows and the fallout from Wikileaks continues. Expect a lot of rushed-through legislation against the invisible threats of the web which has implications for journalists and publishers.

Paul Bradshaw

Novos títulos irão surgir mas com enfoque em nichos. Títulos especializados. Direccionados a comunidades.

Rodrigo Saraiva

Muitos média com conteúdos medíocres não resistirão a fazer-se pagar por eles, como se fosse possível enganar os utilizadores. Perderão em influência e em publicidade.

António Granado

The new year will also see a refinement of multimedia strategies. So far many multimedia projects have been experimental in some ways, but we can now look back and see what works and what doesn’t and better serve our readers and viewers.

Mark S.Luckie

Jornalistas da comunicação escrita, com maior espírito de sobrevivência, intensificarão a sua aprendizagem nas áreas das técnicas audiovisuais.

Alexandre Pais

Os jornalistas estão a descobrir avidamente o Twitter e o Facebook, são cada vez mais bloggers e produtores de conteúdos nas redes sociais,  e começam até a ser gestores das suas comunidades on-line. Também haverá cada vez mais free-lancers. Provavelmente o Sindicato de Jornalistas não conseguirá acompanhar esta nova realidade. Parece-me pois provável que um dia destes surja uma associação profissional que congregue os novos interesses e desafios da profissão.

Alda Telles

As empresas de media portuguesas ainda não têm um modelo de negócio para estes novos tempos.

Manuel Falcão

E que previsões têm vocês para o ano que se avizinha? O que é que esperam dos media em 2011?

The blog, the MA and the future

This blog has been neglected. There, i said it. Call the Blog Protection Services and i might lose custody. The problem is that i have a reason for that. Several, in fact, but these are the ones that matter, and most of them sound so lame i won’t even bother to list them, like “time” or “i needed a break” or a “fresh perspective”.

As you may know, i’ve been doing the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, under the guidance of Paul Bradshaw, for the last nine months. Best thing i ever done in my life: not only i got to learn with one of the best minds in online journalism, but i also had a great time living in a foreign country, a first for me. It wasn’t a life changing experience or anything like that, but it ‘s damn close. Now that i’m back in Portugal i’m slowly recognizing the effects it had on me, and i’m in what i call a “hangover period”. You know, you wake up a bit disoriented, and wonder about what you’ve done the night before? No regrets in my case though.

But since i was busy as hell, i put the blog aside for too long. I have a list of posts i want to write, and i’m starting to work on them this week. I have stuff waiting to be posted since last year, but now i know how to do it better. So pay attention to the forthcoming posts, i’m back.

Meanwhile, i was doing this MA like i said. I still have one project to do during the Summer, and i’ll talk about it here soon, but you can take a look at what i’ve done in the last six months in this blog post Paul wrote about the assignments and experiments me and my colleagues did.A timeline, the spontaneous online coverage of the Madeira floods, a multimedia project, those were some of my relevant efforts.

I’m proud of mine – though i think i could have done so much better –  but my colleagues were great. Read the whole series of posts so you can have an idea of what we were doing. We got in touch with amazing people, and though sometimes the brits seem hard to reach, i met some of the nicest people ever related to journalism. Maybe i was lucky, maybe they were just polite, but what a difference! The small country blues hit me hard sometimes, but then i also realized that in Portugal we are not behind anyone, we have incredible people working in journalism and new media, the problem is that we don’t have many chances to grow. Well, we do, but no entrepreneurial attitude (i had a class on that), fortunately some people don’t think that way. But that’s for another post.

Anyway, i’m on a break now, doing this course in Porto, and then i’ll be working on my Summer project for the MA. And afterwards i may have a job that allows me to do lots of stuff on the side, and push the boundaries of journalism a little further. I have lots of ideas, so all i have to do is work on them, no matter if i stay here or change countries again.

The future is now, and there’s no better place than that.

PS: by the way, the reason why i’m writing english only posts is that writing both in portuguese and english is time-consuming and i’m a bit late, but i’ll try to go back to dual language soon.

Time is of the essence

the control board: mostly analogical

I’m depressed. Looking at my blog these days makes me feel that way, because i owe so much to it. And when i look at the wonderful stuff other people are posting it gets worse. Not that I would be able to write awesome posts everyday, i wish i could nail one once a week, but it’s like when i was a kid and watched all the other kids play outside, behind the curtains, because i was grounded.

But no one is punishing me these days for misbehaving, it’s just it has been too much stuff going on. I’m reading and trying to do more stuff for the MA, and at the same time i’m trying to make some money, and i’m starting something now i hope to tell you all about it soon. Unless i give up sleeping there’s no way i can write good stuff for you. My hope is after these two deadlines due next Friday things get better. Because i need to blog for all of my readers, and i have been sticking to the english speakers. I don’t have time to write a good post and then translate it, sorry. I also have a weekly column about media in a Portuguese website, and that’s the only thing i get to do when it comes to writing, apart from the occasional article for Journalism.co.uk (making interviews in Spanish, which is not my first language and then getting them back to English).

The MA is an almost full time job, and i have three more part times on the side to make a living. So forgive me if i have been away recently. I don’t like to shove a dozen links down your throat everyday and think i can get away with it, because i don’t. You deserve more from me, but my priorities have been elsewhere recently. Automatization is a fallacy.

If look at the picture you can see how my life is organized: four major tasks (one was the blog, but i had to leave it empty), with the MA modules on top, and the priority part-time below, then the other two jobs, and the project for the last term. I have to plan two weeks ahead to be comfortable, and i don’t have much room for setbacks. Many of you will say “So what?”. You’re right. I’m not whining, i’ve never been so happy about work in my life, there are lots of things going wrong, but i’m feeling great. There is no other place i want to be right now, and the prospects are looking good. I feel privileged for being here, and doing what i am doing. I just don’t have time for everything.

So if you have suggestions, ideas, thoughts or just want to say hi, i’d appreciate that, i spend too much time in front a computer these days, so this is truly a window to the world. Feel free to look in. Now i have to get back to work.

“The best and most influential reporters are becoming brand names”

Just a quick thought:

Journalists are embracing the tools of social media to create online personas. They are breaking free of the constraints of traditional media to blog and tweet everything from deep thoughts to random musings to personal information that was considered verboten not too many years ago.

Not everyone can be a one man media conglomerate, but reporters are encouraged by their editors to be more transparent and accessible to readers offering new opportunities for engagement. Brand name reporters are far more accessible than their counterparts in the era of old media. You now have multiple avenues to get to know the most important reporters covering your business. Keep track of their musings through various social media tools and connect with them when appropriate.

A reporter’s tweet can become an entry point for a conversation outside of the usual give-and-take dictated by a breaking news story.

A world without newspapers

by David Schneiderman

Some other good ideas can found there.

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