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Our ongoing selection of journalism and media news.

  • 26 February 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    At, portadistas play central role in merged newsroom

    Three years after initiating a merger of print and online staff at 20minutos, the two teams have finally found "an optimum point that allows them to have two quality products without duplicating efforts,” Virginia Alonso, deputy editor-in-chief at, told the EJC. With 15 different local editions, the Spanish daily is the most-read paper in Spain. Its portadista (Portada is Spanish for homepage) is a journalist who permanently controls and monitors the long home page of the site and to track the most popular stories. Alonso calls the position one of the most important in the newsroom.
  • 17 February 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    EU presidency no help to image of Spanish Prime Minister

    Recent weeks will probably be deemed as the most difficult for Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero since he took office for the second time nearly two years ago. With the internal public support running out of steam due to deep economic recession and the Spanish EU rotatory presidency withering, the socialist premier is tackling an unprecedented time of crisis. Andccording to a poll published by the Spanish left-wing daily El País, 77 percent of Spaniards call themselves sceptical about the benefits of Spain's EU presidency.
  • 7 February 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    In Haiti, social networking ecosystem links victims, reporters and aid agencies

    Even as an earthquake shook the Caribbean nation of Haiti and levelled its capital, bridges were being built. Social networks enabled by the Internet connected on-the-ground reporting efforts and authentic voices of the Haitian people with an active local and international audience, enabling people around the world to contribute to rescue, relief and recovery efforts in a horizontal fashion. This ecosystem proves that the use of social networking tools, added to the traditional toolbox utalised by reporters, can facilitate a bridge between news media audiences and people impacted by tragic circumstances like earthquake, war or tsunami.
  • 19 January 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Google searches for balance in China

    Google was never able to overcome Baidu to take the lead in the search engine realm in China. The American giant has been unable to significantly increase its profit margins as a result of expanding into the People's Republic of China. But its likely retreat from China may help the Internet giant regain some credibility lost among Western users unhappy about Google's compliance with Chinese censorship. Does this withdrawal, though, leave Chinese human rights activists in the lurch?
  • 22 December 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    The EU journalist’s guide to the Spanish presidency

    The first six months of 2010 will show whether the affable and modern 49-year-old Spanish socialist and non-nationalist President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero can hold his own in a wresting match with the serene and very religious 63-year-old Belgian conservative and nationalist Herman Van Rompuy within a new European architecture in which the chain of command seems quite obscure. The priorities for the Spanish EU chairmanship, rather than trying to set up too many undefined goals, should initially focus on the specific task of bringing into operation the new EU political architecture and fostering a new political system. The kickoff of the Lisbon Treaty will be a challenging objective in light of the period of institutional instability the EU has just left behind. If the Spanish presidency manages to do that, it will have already taken a big step forward.
  • 1 December 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    China’s official media: Will the West ever want to watch?

    Earlier this year, the Chinese government launched a state-controlled, English-language newspaper. Next year, it may open an official 24-hour TV channel reporting English-language news from China. But will anyone in the West want to watch? Sure, Western media moguls have an interest in China. But their interests currently are focused on seeking reforms within China. Two journalists based in Beijing - David Bartram, a freelance British journalist, and George Sun Xiaoji, a Chinese reporter who writes for several Chinese websites and newspapers - discuss the relationship between Western and Chinese media.
  • 17 November 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Reporting the financial crisis: A media failure?

    In ancient Greek, “Krisis” referred to the point on which a plot turns toward either death or triumph. Financial journalists had their "Krisis" starting in autumn, 2008, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers symbolised an onslaught of dramatic financial turmoil. For the first time in 60 years the economy's growth ceased; the world's accounts consequently find themselves looking far different today than a year ago. This financial crisis may have exploded this year, but the media industry has published its business sections, websites, TV programmes and magazines for eons. Did the press fail to shine a bright enough spotlight on the dismal economic outlook? Were financial journalists too dazzled by the glittering market to predict the coming storm? A report from Covering the Crisis, a two-day event in Brussels.
  • 13 November 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    World Press Photo: Smile, it is an order

    At the site of a Second World War concentration camp, a tourist wears a T-shirt that says, Smile, it is an order!. A scene of such juxtaposition provokes a repelling reaction. Its observer, gifted with creative skills, crafts his quasi-instantaneous reflection into an award-winning series of captivating pictures. Dutch photographer Roger Cremers is driven to capture emotions. He translated his impressions of the surrealist scenes at Auchwitz-Birkenau into Preserving Memory: Visitors at the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, a series of images for which he was awarded the 2009 World Press Photo first prize in the category for Arts and Entertainments Stories.
  • 2 November 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    European journalists: Comrades in Arms?

    Media moguls are pushing a transition that does not prioritise the defence of quality journalism. So it is now crucial to build a strong sense of camaraderie among journalists. At the same time, shared knowledge can help the search for new revenue streams. Business ideas like the membership scheme at The Times and the Sunday Times as well as the personalised strategy at Niiu in Germany are among interesting new solutions.
  • 19 October 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Goodbye to advertising on Spanish state TV

    Can the Spanish government provide a public service television station without charging its citizens a license fee or allowing advertisements to run on state TV? It's going to try. The National Broadcasting Radio & Television RTVE, Financing Law came into force on 1 September, 2009. TVE may no longer contract any space for publicity. This means there will be “a significant reduction of advertising space in the coming months of October, November and December,” said Luis Fernández, president of RTVE. By January, 2010, advertising must be wiped from Spanish state television.
  • 6 October 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Reporting from virtual worlds

    Infographics previously appeared to readers as fixed and static shapes positioned alongside printing information. Today they have developed into pieces integrating text, images, 3D, sound and an increasing dose of interactivity. This modern communication process does not limit itself to presenting information, but invites the public to immerse themselves in what its being transmitted. In the virtual world of Gone Gitmo, reporters can immerse themselves in the real-life horrors of prison life at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Is there tremendous journalistic potential for this tool and other immersive platforms?
  • 30 September 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    A glimpse at Picnic09

    In his keynote at Amsterdam's annual Picnic, a multi-session festival, Philip Zimbardo expressed his idea that those people who focus their speech in the present and the future time are today's creative minds and tomorrow's innovators. A lot of these kind of people were at Picnic, an annual September gathering in a former gasworks factory in the city of Amsterdam. Seasoned with sunshine, music, light displays and good karma, the 2009 gathering was truly a picnic of innovation and creative challenges in a non-stop vibrant atmosphere, designed to provoke quirky reactions, entertain and inspire.
  • 23 September 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Networked Journalism: Will it spark a golden era of journalism?

    With journalism's death knell sounding far and wide, is it reasonable to talk about the future of journalism? Spanish journalist Cristina Romero believes so. The history of journalism is a history of change. In the middle of the 19th century, newspapers became synonymous with all the changes happening in industrialising societies. The conditions allowing the proliferation of mass media were very much connected with the technological improvements taking place at the time: cheaper paper, a higher percentage of advertising, a faster rotary press and a growing number of consumers needing to be informed about the rapid transformation of their society. Networked Journalism is growing its roots amid similar conditions of change today.
  • 15 September 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Spain’s Digital Dilemma

    A Fonsagrada is a flyspeck of a town, tucked in the Spanish mountains of the northwest province of Galicia. But this village of no more than 5,000 inhabitants is the first Spanish municipality to make the analogue blackout. It went digital in April, 2008. A year and a half later, switchover results have not been as expected. Some 18 percent of the population, according to data provided by the Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, have still no access to the digital transmission. That said, it should be understood that these figures may not be entirely reliable because Xunta is not aware of how many inhabitants receive the digital signal from other platforms.