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news:rewired – the Multimedia Journalism session

Top 10 skills for MMJ's
this is a second post about the news:rewired conference, read the first one here

At the news:rewired event we had to choose to attend one of the three sessions about Multimedia Journalism, Social Media for Journalists, and a Troubleshooting Panel on Online Journalism. I went for the most personally appealing and stayed in the lecture theatre  for the Multimedia Journalism session. I was curious to see what ideas and pointers the speakers had for an eager-to-learn-about-multimedia crowd. I think some in the audience we’re quite disappointed, but i believe they had the wrong expectations.

The first to take the stand was Adam Westbrook, one of my favorite media bloggers these days, i don’t know how does he do it, but his posts are usually nothing less than brilliant and he has a few ebooks of his own. When i later asked him about his secret he basically told me it was “by being unemployed and having a lot of free time on his hands.” Not unemployed, sorry, freelancing. It’s one of those things i’ll never get, bright people “freelancing”…

Adam, in a fast talking presentation, went through the disparities between both sides of the pond, how the Americans are investing more in multimedia than the British counterpart. I should add the rest of Europe too. There aren’t many examples of sustained investment in multimedia operations and features in the Old Continent. As an example, Westbrook referred the 1 in 8 million series from New York Times, and the several spin offs it had in other outlets.

Since he didn’t have much time, Adam Westbrook decided to show to the audience how AudioSlides work and why: they’re easy, cheap and fast to create and assemble, and if done properly, they can be more compelling than a video. Of course they don’t work every time, but he presented a slideshow that i had already seen at his blog a few weeks ago, that started out to be a video, but worked better as a slideshow. It’s worth watching.

This lightning presentation was followed by Steven Phillips’ from BBC London 94.9fm, that showed how they’re using AudioBoo along with Twitter with @bbctravelalert. I wish i knew about this before, because i was stuck at Whitechappel station in the Hammersmith&City subway train for over half an hour on my way to news:rewired. It seems it’s quite common… As a matter of fact, Phillips presentation wasn’t so much about multimedia, but how he develops his work in the new multimedia/multiplatform environment, using crowdsourcing, social networking, with free apps. Someone asked why was he narrowcasting, since the numbers weren’t that high. The panel quickly found the right answer: they’re developing a conversation, no expenses added. And that’s what these platforms are supposed to do.

And for last we had Justin Kings, who gave us the  great list of skills that multimedia journalists should have that you can see at the beginning of this post. Here’s the full presentation.

It was thought provoking, and i believe it raised awareness in the audience about what being a multimedia journalist is all about these days of fast development and uncertainty.

The debate that followed the presentation was also noteworthy, since it was led by two Financial Times reporters who were right when they said that multimedia packages were left out of these presentations, as also data mashups and visualizations. There is a whole world in multimedia besides video and audio slides, and their comment was valuable in the sense that it made me think how we narrow down the multimedia concept to some media, which may not be exactly considered as multimedia. They showed their own work at the newspaper with this interactive chart.

What was left out of this discussion and presentations was that there is more to multimedia than we traditionally defend. It’s not about putting images in motion, or making radio with pictures, but it’s all about using the right tools to tell stories in a non-linear way, with the users in control of the narrative. That is what makes the online journalism different from television, radio and print. Technology is a tool, not an end in itself. And then we went off for lunch, some of us a bit more passionate about the possibilities that lie ahead.

There are accounts about the other sessions. The Troubleshooting panel on Online Journalism was liveblogged, and so did the Social Media for Journalists session.

Portugal: Multimedia & Online Journalism Awards | Prémios de Multimédia e Jornalismo Online

Video Journalism award winner | Vencedor do prémio de videojornalismo
Video Journalism award winner | Vencedor do prémio de videojornalismo

Last week, the ObCiber awarded, for the second year, the best online journalism works in Portugal. It’s a good way to recognize and evaluate the state of multimedia and online activity of portuguese media, but the feeling I get is that there is a lot to be done.

If we look at the nominees, we see that, basically, only three different  major news companies made the cut: Jornal de Notícias, Público and Radio Renascença, which are in fact the ones who are developing multimedia in the newsrooms in a sustainable way. The portuguese public television RTP also made the list, with their effort in mobile journalism during the elections, something that deserves to be analyzed by itself, since it had an experimental side to it. But that will have to stay for later.

Here are the winners of this year’s edition:

Na semana passada, o Obciber atribuiu pelo segundo ano os prémios para o melhor jornalismo online em Portugal. É uma boa forma de reconhecer e avaliar o estado e a actividade online dos media portugueses, mas sinto que ainda há muito por fazer.

Se olharmos para os nomeados, vemos que basicamente apenas três marcas informativas chegaram lá: Jornal de Notícias, Público e Radio Renascença, que são de facto os que estão a desenvolver o multimédia nas redacções de forma sustentada. A RTP também está na lista, com o seu trabalho de jornalismo móvel durante a campanha eleitoral, algo que por si só merece uma análise mais aprofundada, devido ao seu lado experimental. Mas isso vai ter que ficar para outra altura.

Eis os vencedores deste ano:

Full House for JN | Full House para o JN
Full House for JN | Full House para o JN

The most nominated and biggest winner was the daily Jornal de Notícias, one of the top selling newspapers in Portugal. They were practically running by themselves in most categories, so the Overall Excellency in CyberJournalism award was more than expected. They also won in Best Multimedia Story, with a work about the credit crunch and citizen’s debts, and Best InfoGraphics with a work about Poker.

Público, last year’s big winner, got the Breaking News award. Radio Renascença, the most heard radio in the country, won in the Video category with a piece about nuns in a monastery (they’re a Catholic radio), rewarding their efforts in the video department, that is one of the most hard working in Portugal, and that has been consistently delivering good works.

In college journalism, the Porto’s University news endeavour JornalismoPortoNet took the prize home with the “Porto Adrift” dossier.

O mais nomeado e o maior vencedor foi o Jornal de Notícias, um dos jornais nacionais com maior circulação. Como concorriam  quase sozinhos na maioria das categorias, o prémio de Excelência Geral em Ciberjornalismo era mais do que esperado. Eles também venceram na categoria de Melhor Reportagem Multimédia, com um trabalho sobre o endividamento dos portugueses, e Melhor Infografia com um trabalho sobre Poker.

O Público, o maior galardoado no ano passado, venceu em Breaking News. A Rádio Renascença venceu na categoria de Video, com um trabalho sobre freiras num mosteiro (são a rádio  católica portuguesa), recompensando o seu investimento no departamento de video, que é um dos que mais e melhor trabalha no país.

No jornalismo universitário, o JornalismoPortoNet levou o prémio para casa com o dossier “Porto à deriva

Entre o deve e o haver - JN_1260276904278
Best Multimedia Story | Melhor Reportagem Multimédia

Alfredo Leite, deputy director of Jornal de Notícias, told me that these awards are the recognition  of the work that the newspaper has been developing, and an “added responsibility, since the Observatory (ObCiber) gathers some of the people we acknowledge as the most competent in Digital Journalism” in Portugal.

He claims JN is one of the most solid news websites in the country “though most times we are not seen that way” by a mainstream audience. “It is also the confirmation of a multidisciplinary team that slowly has been integrating in the digital platforms all the journalists and other resources” of the newspaper.

In my opinion, there has been an evolution in Portuguese multimedia news but there is a lot to be done. What i hear is that some strategic mistakes have been made in some newsrooms, by appointing people who know nothing about the internet to coordinate multimedia, the neglect of the online towards a dead tree investment, and a demand for quality where there are no minimum working conditions.  But  that is not journalism, is plain politics.

Still, some are trying. And those will be the ones who will succeed.

Tell me what you think about these works in the comments.

Alfredo Leite, director adjunto do Jornal de Notícias disse-me que estes prémios são “o reconhecimento do trabalho que o JN tem vindo a desenvolver, muitas vezes de forma invisível, de consolidação da sua edição digital” e “uma responsabilidade acrescida já que este Observatório reúne algumas das pessoas a quem mais competências reconhecemos e matéria de jornalismo digital no nosso país”.

Ele afirma que o JN é “das webs mais sólidas do país, ainda que nem sempre sejamos reconhecidos enquanto tal pelo mainstream.”

“É também a afirmação de uma equipa multidisplinar que aos poucos tem integrado na plataforma digital todos os jornalistas e outros recursos do JN.”

Na minha opinião, tem-se assistido a uma evolução no jornalismo multimédia em Portugal, mas é preciso fazer mais. Do que ouço, há erros estratégicos a serem cometidos em algumas redacções, que nomeiam gente que não percebe nada de internet para coordenadores de multimédia, há negligência nos conteúdos online em favorecimento do papel, e uma exigência de qualidade onde não há condições mínimas para o fazer. Mas isso não é jornalismo, são politiquices.

Mesmo assim, há quem tente. E esses terão sucesso. Digam o que pensam sobre estes trabalhos nos comentários.

news:rewired – city university, london, 14/01/2010

Are you going? You should.
Are you going? You should.

This is one of those things i’ll try not to miss:, the online journalism website par excellence, is turning 10, and they’re organizing a conference dedicated to what-you-know-what. So if you’re into the present and future of journalism, sign up, it’s on the 14th of January and it costs the fair amount of 80£. By the way, have i ever told you that my blog is on their list?

In’s own words:

news:rewired, a one-day meet-up organised by at City University, London will bring together leading multimedia journalists and digital news editors and look beyond our industry to data experts and e-commerce specialists, generating original ideas for ways of working and practical advice you can use straightaway.

news:rewired wants to help you do better journalism – whether that’s learning the basics of videojournalism or discovering new social media tools through which to tell your stories –  by providing speakers who are already changing how it’s done.

“It’s always been our goal to educate as well as observe at, and news:rewired represents the culmination of our accumulated efforts in that direction over the past decade,” added founder John Thompson.

Multimedia, mash-ups and making money – this is the news business rewired.

Full details are at, but here’s the basic outline:

Who’s it for?

  • Journalists: staffers, freelancers, editors, newsroom executives, trainees and students from all sectors, as well as those looking to get back into the industry
  • Journalism trainers, tutors and teachers
  • Anyone in media, journalism and communications with an interest in where our industry is headed

When and where?

  • news:rewired will take place on 14 January 2010 at London’s City University from 10am – 5:15pm.

What’s going on?

  • Session 1: Multimedia

Choose from three groups: videojournalism; social media for journalists; a troubleshooting panel for all your online journalism needs.

  • Session 2: Collaboration

Take your pick from three discussions on forming partnerships, covering: user-generated content, data and local media.

  • Session 3: Making Money

No event for modern-day journalists would be worth attending without a discussion on making money. But there’ll be no wishful ‘blue sky thinking’ here, just a look at what’s worked, what hasn’t and where the opportunities are for online journalists.

How much will it cost?

news:rewired tickets are £80+ VAT and can be bought at this link.

For more information contact:

Laura Oliver (laura [at] or Judith Townend (judith [at] on +44 (0)1273 384290

And follow @newsrewired on Twitter

#hashbrum: Moseley Road Baths Tour – Video

I’ve been working all week in my HashBrum school project, and today i can present the latest installment for one of the major stories there: the Moseley Road Baths. I was there last Saturday shooting the tour, and i fell in love with the place. It’s a beautiful building left to ruin, with a huge importance for the community that serves. It’s Birmingham in all of it’s schizophrenia: out with the old, no matter how valuable it is, in with the new, no matter how bad it will be. We suffer the same in Portugal.

This video was shot with a Sony DV cam, and it has a Lars von Trier feel (it is shaky and out of focus, strange cuts in between). I like how it looks, anyway, but I’d appreciate to hear from you, and know what ideas and suggestions you might have for me and my video making.

I have to thank Steve Beauchampe for being such a great tour guide – passion helps – and Rachel Gillies for the support.

The music is by Ludovico Einaudi, from his latest and most beautiful album, “Nightbook”. Buy it.

Passei a semana toda a trabalhar no meu projecto da escola Hashbrum, e hoje posso apresentar a última parte de uma das maiores histórias no site: Moseley Road Baths. Estive lá no Sábado passado a filmar a visita, e apaixonei-me pelo sítio. É um belo edifício esquecido e arruinado, com uma importância enorme para a sua comunidade. É Birmingham em toda a sua esquizofrenia: fora com o velho por mais valioso que seja, venha o novo por pior que seja. Sofremos do mesmo em Portugal.

Este video foi filmado com uma DV da Sony, e tem ares de Lars von Trier (está tremido e desfocado, cortes esquisitos pelo meio). Gosto do aspecto dele assim mesmo, mas gostava de ouvir as vossas ideias e sugestões que possam partilhar comigo, para que possa melhorar os meus videos.

Tenho que agradcer ao Steve Beauchampe por ser um guia fantástico – a paixão ajuda – e à Rachel Gillies pelo apoio.

A música é de Ludovico Einaudi, do seu mais recente e lindíssimo álbum “Nightbook”. Comprem-no.

#brum: website & videos

These last few days have been dedicated to the development of my MA project, that i’m doing with some other colleagues. The idea has evolved quite fast and it has room for changes. The goal is to have a hyperlocal website dedicated to feature stories that relate closely to Birmingham communities.  The name is #Brum.

I’ve built the website, and i’ve been experimenting with video. These are the first examples of the work i’ve started last Wednesday. The video above is more recent, and it was shot with a DV cam, and it’s a investigative report headed by Andrew Brightwell about the swimming pools in the city. He is, in fact, going to swim in all of them and we’ll try to put together a multimedia package. More video will come out of this, and you can see more here.

The second video is too long and shaky, but it’s an interesting guided tour of the “Bodies Revealed” exhibition. I went with Caroline Beavon, and we had this great conversation with the curator of the show. It was shot with a Flip camera, that is really great to use, but technically limited.

I’d like to hear your opinion not only about the videos but also about the project. Bear in mind that this is still at the beginning and is going through major changes and corrections.

Estes últimos dias foram dedicados ao desenvolvimento do meu projecto de mestrado, que estou a fazer com alguns colegas. A ideia evoluiu bastante depressa e ainda pode mudar. O objectivo é criar um site hiperlocal dedicado a reportagens que se relacionem de perto com as comunidades de Birmingham. O nome é #Brum.

Construí o website, e tenho andado a fazer experiências com video. Estes são os primeiros exemplos do trabalho que comecei na última quarta feira. O video acima é o mais recente, e foi filmado com uma câmara DV, e é uma investigação feita pelo Andrew Brightwell sobre as piscinas da cidade. Aliás, ele vai mesmo nadar em todas elas, e vamos tentar criar um pacote multimédia para esta história. Vão haver mais vídeos deste trabalho, e podem ver outros aqui.

O segundo vídeo é muito longo e tremido, mas é uma visita guiada muito interessante à exposição “Bodies Revealed” Fui com a Caroline Beavon, e tivemos esta excelente conversa com o responsável da exposição. Foi filmado com uma Flip, que é muito agradável de se usar, mas limitada tecnicamente.

Gostava de ter a vossa opinião não só sobre os videos mas também sobre o projecto. Tenham em conta que ainda está mesmo no princípio, e que ainda serão feitas alterações e correcções.