A couple of profs up north have just published a book, Manual de Redacción Ciberperiodística, that explains useful things like … er … what a hyperlink is. Books like this have been remaindered for years in other countries, so how come lecturers here still get away with inflicting them on their students? Any currently blog-less 18-year old who thinks that his/her future lies in communication should be rapidly reassigned to a career in pig processing.
One of the book’s editors, Ramón Salaverría, has a blog, which tracks the David Rojo story. Mr Rojo is the journalist who pretended to be a lawyer in order to interview Málaga murder suspect, Tony “Holloway Strangler” King, and who has also been running a site, PeriodistaDigital.com, with content taken from Spanish dailies, El Mundo and El País. While nicking stuff ain’t right, I suspect that much of the establishment rage derives from a real sense that, with cowboys like Rojo as well as important innovations like the Google Spanish news portal, they are losing control of the media landscape.
In the October 3rd edition of the Financial Times, John Lloyd published an excellent analysis of the wider ramifications of the Gilligan affair which included the following:
Britain’s press really is pressed: a dozen daily and Sunday newspapers are squeezed into one city, London, from which they are distributed every morning.
In no other western capital is this the case: newspapers are either dispersed among regional centres, as in the US, Germany, Italy and Australia, or are fewer in number, as in Japan, France, Spain and Canada.
The situation in Britain has led to a hyper-competitive press in which up-market, middle-market and tabloids compete for a readership that remains among the highest in the world, at more than 35 million.
Nearly all these papers depend on newsstand sales, which means their editors are under much more pressure to produce attention-getting front pages than their counterparts in France, Italy or Spain, say, where the main papers are one-city monopolies, or are confined mainly to the middle classes. In recent years, many British editors have come to believe the best way of getting attention is to be more and more anti-government, or indeed anti-politician.
This strategy is referred to whenever editors here want to pontificate on the dangers of vigorous competition but, while Gilligan may have screwed up seriously, he’s still streets ahead of any broadcast Spanish journalist I’ve seen or heard.
- Local press advertising
There are lots and lots of local and regional papers in Spain, many are propped up by the state (the Generalitat
- Are the Spanish media really obsessed with Israel?
John Chappell links to an old piece from the Stephen Roth Institute in Tel Aviv which claims among other things that
- How many days to save the euro?
I think I know what a day is, but I’m not so sure about “save” and “euro.”
- Email pricing
The following pricelist was received from a spammer who thinks that a Taiwanese email address is worth 70 times as much
- “Spain is full of drunks and drug addicts who don’t want to work”
I was talking last night to a Bangladeshi who worked for a few years as an illegal in London, was deported,