Far beyond the paper and ink

Posted on julho 4, 2010


André Deak*

Rodolfo Walsh, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Joel Silveira, Gay Talese, Truman Capote excuse me, but even new journalism is something else. Using the tools of literature was a great thing – in the 60s. Today, almost 50 years after the first literary stories, the new journalism is still causing fetish universities. But there is a new frontier forward, with infinite good tools to tell stories, many of them have not even discovered. We’re talking about the boundaries of digital.

Some will say that journalism is journalism, as always, the good old journalism, and the rest is eye candy. Turns out this is not so. First, because journalism as we know it today, with ethical rules, there is even only a few decades ago. In Brazil, the code of ethics of the profession is the 80. And if we go back a little before, also remember that there was a guy who went out to the street to pick the stories – the reporter – and the guy who was in writing, good writing in Portuguese, editor. Reporter did not necessarily know Portuguese.

Not today, so that the function of journalists change. With the transformation of atoms into bits, things get more complex. We close this change reporters multimedia, convergence, new narratives. Since the ability to take pictures on a cell phone, type in 140 characters, shooting and editing videos is something that a child ever does, it’s hard to imagine that this is not a prerequisite when these children are leading a newsroom. And that can be viewed in two ways.

One is to consider it a problem: he thinks that will live as they lived journalists in recent decades – can become very good at a specialty, develop skills of reporting or editing (in the text, radio or TV), a career Monomedia.

Another way is to see the opportunity. Those who see well can do everything that makes up the subject, but also have the chance to create a new way of doing journalism. Reinventing journalism. Using tools from other fields, merge the media, interactive experience, the power of networking and collaboration. Create something that never existed. A new language. A new journalism. Nobody knows yet what that will be. The paths are not traced.

Andrew DeVigal, Adrian Holovaty, Brian Storm, Felipe Lloreda and Alberto Cairo are among those that practice the best of this new new journalism. There are names less well known. Perhaps because there is more room for one or Talese Capote – half a dozen names that reinvented journalism. Or maybe because now we can all do that.

* André Deak is Director of Multimedia at FLi, journalist, worked for over 10 years with online journalism. Carried reports of almost all countries of South America and Western Europe. Co-organizer of the book Voices of Democracy (2007), the NGO Intervozes. He was executive editor of multimedia in the process of restating Agency Brazil until 2007. The next year, communications manager of CPFL Cultura. Freelancer for magazines Rolling Stone, Carta Capital, Dear Friends, Education, Journal Forum and others. Vladimir Herzog Award 2008, Internet category. Courses and lectures about online journalism and interactive narratives (USP, UFSC, PUC-SP, Casper Libero, Communicate, Journals Associates, Abraji, Editora Abril, among others). Master student of the ECA-USP in the area of social communication interfaces.

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