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#Jeecamp unconference

Today i’m at #JEECamp, the unconference about journalism organized by Paul Bradshaw. So far we had Simon Waldman, from the Guardian Media Group, and four breakout discussion groups that debated from business models to newsgathering and production. To have a better idea of what is going on here at The Bond, just follow the #jeecamp tag on Twitter or go to OJB for liveblogging or at JEECamp Tumblr. Soon i’ll share with you more links covering the event.

Yesterday’s presentation at Porto’s University | Apresentação de ontem na U.Porto

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So i was invited this week to give a talk to the Cyberjournalism seminar students at Porto University, and it wasn’t that bad.

I took the opportunity to present two ideas that i have and that are still under development: “The Upward Spiral- an information flow model” and “New properties of news contents”. I’ll develop these concepts sometime soon here in the blog.

I must thank the students who beared with and Helder Bastos, their teacher, for inviting me.

Ontem fui dar uma pequena palestra aos alunos de Ciberjornalismo na Universidade do Porto e não correu assim tão mal.

Aproveitei a oportunidade para apresentar duas ideias que tenho e que ainda estão em desenvolvimento: “A espiral ascendente- um modelo de fluxo informativo” e “Novas propriedades de conteúdos noticiosos”. Eu irei desenvolver estes conceitos em breve aqui no blog.

Queria agradecer aos alunos que me aturaram e ao Hélder Bastos por me ter convidado.

Why i’m not enthusiastic about NewsTilt

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NewsTilt is a new project that claims to be “the platform for the new model of journalism, centered around the journalist.” They “help journalists find their audiences” and “help readers find the best independent journalism on the web.” It’s an interesting idea but not amazing.

Content may be good, and there are a few good stories in there, but it all looks a bit too much like “paper on a screen”.The image they used doesn’t help to change that idea (on the left).

And they also say they will help journalists build their brand leaving the “writing and reporting” to journalists. Well, if you are promoting writers, it’s ok, if you are promoting a “new model of journalism” then it’s not enough.

Where is the Multimedia, the digital works? Is this a venue for the old journalism? A window for laid off writers? It all seems lacking consistency.

NewsTilt falls short of what a journalist centered project should be in 2010. It may tilt things a bit, but i don’t expect any major shift from them.

Information is free. Experience and context are money.

All in? I don't think so...

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This has been  in everyone’s mind: how to make journalism a profitable business? Ads, paywalls, premium and freemium contents, there have been many options, but none seems to be working. Murdoch builds walls while others [DDET tear them down.]

Recently Johnston Press decided to give up their paywall since the subscription numbers were appalling, in the single or low double digits.

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The stakes are high, and yet everyone is showing how bad poker players they are, going all in when they don’t have to.

The biggest problem is that there aren’t many users willing to pay for information they know they can get for free someplace else or that is not important for them. I’m not, for sure. Besides, most of  the content news websites have to offer could be in print and my experience as a news consumer would be exactly the same, so why bother? So, how to keep those who want the free stuff, but how to profit from the content generated by journalists?

Imagine that you own a news content production company, and you have a team of talented people who can make good journalism, using [DDET different narratives;]
video, audio, charts, maps, or mixed interactive content, like audioslides, mashups, etc;

Exhibit A

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Imagine you have those people willing to engage and participate with the community, not only to dig for stories or disseminate their work, but to enrich the community member’s experience with information about the process, or [DDET personal views on the matter;]

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I think that transparency and time are two valuable items, and that time is the most valuable of them. Communities are part of the newsrooms’ life whether we like it or not, both in the construction and the distribution process. Journalists are the quarterback/midfielder (choose metaphor according to origin) of the news process, receiving the ball and creating options and deciding part of its course, although when it’s out of its hands/feet they should still be focused on the game but let the ball go. The rest of the team is community and the goal is to inform, and like in a real game there are less players than passive audience. I’m still working on this specific metaphor.

Still, people would be part of it, pitch their own stories, creating a crowdsourced model within a traditional news structure.

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Imagine you have tools that allow you to add context or media or extra information like raw bulks of data and that your reporters know how to build an online article with all its basic features but also with extra content that enriches the knowledge and experience of the user, using your own archives, other people’s archives, other websites that you found relevant to the story, ongoing conversations on Twitter and Facebook, ;

Imagine that. And think how you can do all of those things, with the same time, trained to deliver the basic and the ultimate news content. And consider to make some of that ultimate content available for free, just like the basic takeaway content you have. And ask people to pay a fee for the rest, and allow them to embed videos, slideshows, audio in their own websites, and help them look cool in their community because you create cool content. You don’t need to charge much because you are building a brand. The light bulb was sold below production price in the beginning  because it was something everyone would use, and after a while, production costs lowered because there was a lot of demand, and then there was profit.

So this is how I perceive the future of the business will be, a mix between several models, that favors smaller endeavors than juggernauts, and based on quality and engagement, and new ways to create traditional content, in a contextualized way.

So, a rough example would be:

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[DDET When,] tell if the situation is still ongoing and you can read more about it here (linked to related article) or it had a previous related event to which we will also link to or show the related media, or even better a timeline of the events [/DDET][DDET what happened,] specific details, more pictures, detailed info, background info [/DDET] where , who was involved, [DDET how yes free yourself! [/DDET]and a basic WHY (that could be expanded to whatever you’d like). If it looks short to you, well, most of the info people read out of articles is all in the first paragraphs, where the w’s and h are.

People would have to pay for the contextual information in the expandable items. This doesn’t mean the free content would be poor, but that the extended content would be really rich.

I confess this is inspired/stolen from Kevin Sablan’s post, and he says context is personal. I say it’s valuable, and providing an experience through information is profitable. It is technically possible and with better results than i presented,  and when you have algorithms gathering and producing readable information, it is wise to reconsider the whole news process, how information is collected, analyzed, produced and distributed, and do it in a way people can use it and be willing to pay for at the same time.

Did you clicked in all the links in this post? Why would you? And if you did, how different was your experience? Are you going back to click a few?  I know you will now.

So, what do you think?

Moseley Road Baths: Flash Multimedia Package | Trabalho Flash Multimedia

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I had a go with Flash for my assignment for the Multimedia Journalism module of the MA. I recycled some work i had done before for HashBrum, and did what i had planned from the start, though not the way i intended. It is an experiment, and i had to do it in ActionScript 2 instead of 3, because i didn’t have time to learn how to work with Flash all over again.

Anyway here it is, comments and ideas are appreciated.

Fiz um trabalho em Flash para o módulo de Jornalismo Multimédia do mestrado. Reciclei algum trabalho anterior que já tinha sido usado para o HashBrum, e fiz o que tinha planeado fazer desde o início, mas não da maneira que queria. É uma experiência, e tive que fazer tudo em ActionScript 2 em vez de 3, porque não tinha tempo para voltar a aprender a trabalhar com Flash outra vez.

De qualquer forma, aqui está, ideias e comentários são bem-vindos.