“Se Ronaldo curasse a gripe, Messi curaria o cancro.”

Hoje escreveu-se muito sobre a Bola de Ouro ganha ontem por Ronaldo. Mas poucos o fizeram tão bem como Rob Smyth no The Guardian. Sobre a rivalidade com Messi, ele escreve: “Às vezes parecia que Ronaldo não podia ganhar. Se marcasse quatro, Messi marcaria cinco. Se ele curasse a gripe, Messi curaria o cancro.” Percebem-se as lágrimas. Brilhante.


Ballon d’Or: Ronaldo rewarded for making miraculous mundane

Few believed any player would reclaim the Ballon d’Or from Lionel Messi but one man always did

Cristiano Ronaldo has banged his head against the brick wall for four years; now the brick wall has given way. Ronaldo was apparently doomed to be forever tortured and defined by the achievements of Lionel Messi. By regaining the Ballon d’Or from Messi, and winning the award for the first time since 2008, he has provided emphatic confirmation that he is one of football’s all-time greats.

He almost collected the award as a Manchester United player. After being crowned at an endearingly overblown ceremony in Zurich, Ronaldo confirmed he had considered returning to Old Trafford in the summer. “It is true Rio [Ferdinand] and I spoke a lot,” he said. “Rio is a great friend of mine. We were neighbours when I was in Manchester. He is a fantastic guy and he tried to change my mind and go back to Manchester. I did think about United. They are still in my heart. I love that club.”

It was an emotional night for Ronaldo, who was tearful when he received the trophy. “It means a lot to win this after Eusébio’s passing,” he said. “I dedicate this award to him and my team-mates. He was watching from the skies to see this great moment for a Portuguese player. When I saw my mum crying it made me cry as well. I’m an emotional person. It is very difficult to win this award.”

Ronaldo’s victory is a triumph for strength. The physical part we know about. The cliché that he is a freak of nature has not changed its essential truth. Ronaldo is a cross between Dixie Dean and Usain Bolt. He scores goals in quantities which, since Dean’s era, have only really been seen on bright screens in musty bedrooms, including headers so classically immense that it feels as if they should be shown in black and white. Yet he can also cover 96 metres in 10 seconds while wearing football boots, as he did against Atlético Madrid in 2012.

For all that, Ronaldo’s physical prowess is perhaps dwarfed by his mental strength. He has overcome myriad obstacles to win the Ballon d’Or. The words would invite ridicule if they ever came out of his mouth but it is not always easy being Ronaldo. His career has been conducted against a backdrop of suspicion and sniping. He is often unloved, even by his own fans, and his public perception reached a nadir last year when he was ridiculed by Sepp Blatter, which was like being called hapless by Frank Spencer. Many see him as selfish and self-obsessed to the point of having a messiah complex.

You could certainly understand if he had a Messi complex. He has to endure constant discussion of Messi’s apparent superiority, as a footballer and even as a human being. At times it seemed Ronaldo could not win. If he scored four, Messi would score five. If he cured the common cold, Messi would cure cancer. Ronaldo’s most impressive feat is not to usurp Messi; it is to believe he could do so in the first place. Yet Messi is one of only three apparently unbeatable opponents Ronaldo has had to contend with. He has taken on Messi, Barcelona and Spain, at times single-footedly. Part of that challenge broke even José Mourinho; Ronaldo continues to come back for more. One nemesis down, two to go.

Nor has he escaped football’s vicissitudes since moving to Madrid. He missed a penalty in a Champions League semi-final shootout against Bayern Munich; he didn’t even get to take one against Spain in the semi-final of Euro 2012. His peak years have coincided with football recognising small as beautiful after decades of the opposite view. He could be excused for thinking fate had a sadistic vendetta against him.

It is in that context that we should understand Ronaldo’s achievement. He is a monument of conviction. Any other footballer would have consciously or unconsciously surrendered to an apparently irresistible logic. Anyone else would have relaxed and regressed towards the mean.

Instead, Ronaldo ensured an excess of 50 goals a season became the mean. In 2013 he even progressed away from that, scoring 69 times for club and country. He has turned ‘Oh I say!’ moments into ‘Oh’ moments. Oh, Ronaldo’s scored another hat-trick. Oh, Ronaldo’s scored from over 40 yards in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the European Cup (as he did in 2009). Oh, Ronaldo’s scored his 50th of the season. He has made the miraculous mundane.

Then again, greatness has always been a fusion of the spectacular and mundane. Ronaldo’s success is as much about his immaculate professionalism as his natural skill. He is a freak of nature but also a freak of nurture, fuelled by an almost demented ambition to achieve everything he possibly can.

He has already achieved so much as to merit inclusion in any discussion of the greatest footballers ever. Yet when World Soccer magazine asked a series of experts to pick their greatest XI last year, Ronaldo was nowhere near the side. He got seven votes: Maradona received 64, Pelé 56, Johan Cruyff 58 and Messi 46. Ronaldo picked up fewer than, among others, Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Garrincha, George Best and the other Ronaldo.

Perhaps his sheer efficiency does not appeal to romantics. Perhaps his remorseless consistency doesn’t stir the soul. Perhaps people just don’t like him. But to paint him as a robotic achiever does not do justice to his his genius. Ronaldo is a footballer like no other. He has a good case for being the most three-dimensional of football’s true greats: almost half his goals in 2013 were scored with either his head or left foot.

While he did not, as some have suggested, patent the wobbling, beach ball free-kick, he is now most commonly associated with a technique he has mastered. He has also obliterated the accepted parameters of the wide forward. The primary reason for that is that he has scored goals in industrial quantities. Of course Ronaldo is a flat-track bully; there has never been a great player who was not. He has also become a rough-track bully, challenging the perception that he doesn’t produce in big games. It was not always so, but now Barcelona and Spain fear him more than he fears them.

That’s not the only perception Ronaldo has changed down the years. It seems ridiculous now, but he was once regularly damned as having no end product. When he started at Manchester United, he was a fantasy footballer but not a Fantasy Footballer. He dizzied defenders with stepovers that left them with twisted blood and brain cells, yet the Fantasy Football currency of goals and assists eluded him. In his first three seasons at Old Trafford he scored just 27 goals; in the final three, 91. Then, at Real Madrid, he went further. In four and a half seasons he has scored 230 goals in 223 games.

As his goalscoring gradient has gone in one direction at Madrid, so his medal haul has gone in the other. In a sense Ronaldo had a disappointing 2013; all he won was the Ballon d’Or. Real Madrid won nothing. In four-and-a-half years in Madrid he has claimed few big prizes: one La Liga title, no Champions Leagues, one Ballon d’Or and no Player of the Year awards in Spain. (The Spanish league effectively had to invent a new award, the MVP, for him to win something, although Messi was the Best Player again.)

There will always be those who feel personal awards are enough to sustain Ronaldo. It is a simplistic perception of a man whose obvious lust for personal glory only exists in the context of an even greater lust for team glory. The two are inextricably linked.

The moments after a goal has been scored are when a footballer is emotionally naked; the celebration never lies. Ronaldo’s reaction when a teammate scores a vital goal is not that of a man in it for himself. When Manchester United won the Champions League in 2008 despite Ronaldo’s penalty miss a few minutes earlier, he burst into tears that were one part relief, 10 parts joy.

That’s not to say he is unselfish. Or that he doubts his worth: last night he thanked his fans on Facebook by posting a video of himself. His arrogance can be preposterous, but then that’s just another reason why he belongs in the company of Cruyff and Maradona among others. If greatness is to be achieved, arrogance is a preference. Ronaldo’s selfishness is also partially born of the logic that he is by far the best equipped to make his team win.

Many of Ronaldo’s goals for Madrid have been scored in the knowledge that they are not going to help win a trophy. Despite that, his output has not diminished. In sport, futile excellence can be the most impressive of all, whether it comes from a surfeit of personal pride, an endless well of professional pride or, more likely, a combination of the two.

Even Ronaldo’s defining achievement of 2013 – a performance for the ages to beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic in international football’s first one-a-side game – was not to win a trophy but to avert the unthinkable of Portugal not qualifying for the World Cup. Even if Ronaldo wins the Ballon d’Or for the next five years, he will not retire happy unless he wins more trophies. The world player of the year award is not enough.

Ronaldo is nearly 29 and may be approaching his last World Cup; by 2018 he will have played for 15 years, with few injury breaks and goodness knows how many miles on the clock. There is also a new superpower, Bayern Munich, to sit alongside Spain and Barcelona. But Ronaldo will keep banging his head against the brick wall until the brick wall gives way, as it did in Zurich on Monday night. In Ronaldo’s mind the Ballon d’Or is not his crowning glory. It is the start of the defining phase of his career.

Cristiano Ronaldo ganhou e chorou. Humanizou-se

Posso estar enganado, mas as lágrimas sinceras de Cristiano Ronaldo serão o melhor antídoto para todos aqueles que acham que Messi é um bom rapaz e ele apenas um pintas “robótico”. Para já é o melhor do mundo. Parabéns.

O ano que passou em 13 números

A NPR escolheu uma forma diferente de fazer o balanço do ano de 2013: os jornalistas da rádio pública norte-americana escolheram um número que para eles representou um acontecimento durante o ano que passou. O resultado foram 13 números que ilustram um pouco de tudo.

O louco do ano

Em vez de eleger a personalidade do ano 2013, a revista The New Republic preferiu escolher o louco do ano. A distinção coube ao presidente sírio Bashar Al Assad. O título do artigo que acompanha a capa é claro: Profile of Syria’s Mass Murderer.


2013 foi assim. Venha lá 2014. Feliz Ano Novo

Para festejar o novo ano, o WordPress ofereceu-me um relatório sobre o ano que passou. Perceber que em 2013 fui lido em 176 países dá-me uma responsabilidade extra para 2014. Por isso, obrigado a todos os que por aqui passaram e até já.

Feliz ano novo

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 320,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 14 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

O momento “desculpem lá qualquer coisinha” do ano

A 18 de Setembro, o ministro de Estado e dos Negócios Estrangeiros, Rui Machete, deu uma entrevista à Rádio Nacional de Angola onde revelou ter pedido “diplomaticamente desculpas” a Angola pelos processos judiciais em curso em Portugal que envolvem altas figuras do regime angolano. “Quanto sei houve um problema puramente técnico de não preenchimento de alguns documentos que (…) se as pessoas preencherem com algumas deficiências ou não forem suficientemente informadas há sinais de alerta gerais”, afirmou. “Depois (…) há sempre quem goste de aproveitar a situação para empolar as coisas que são normais e sem importância nenhuma”. As declarações só foram conhecidas em Portugal a 4 de Outubro através de uma manchete do Diário de Notícias e provocaram uma acesa discussão interna.

O momento “não abandono o meu país e tu também não” do ano

No dia 2 de Julho de 2013, Paulo Portas apresentou a Pedro Passos Coelho a demissão do cargo de ministro de Estado e dos Negócios Estrangeiros. Classificou-a de irrevogável. Depois, emitiu o seguinte comunicado:

1. Apresentei hoje de manhã a minha demissão do Governo ao Primeiro-Ministro.
2. Com a apresentação do pedido de demissão, que é irrevogável, obedeço à minha consciência e mais não posso fazer.
3. São conhecidas as diferenças políticas que tive com o Ministro das Finanças. A sua decisão pessoal de sair permitia abrir um ciclo político e económico diferente. A escolha feita pelo Primeiro-Ministro teria, por isso, de ser especialmente cuidadosa e consensual.
4. O Primeiro-Ministro entendeu seguir o caminho da mera continuidade no Ministério das Finanças. Respeito mas discordo.
5. Expressei, atempadamente, este ponto de vista ao Primeiro-Ministro que, ainda assim, confirmou a sua escolha. Em consequência, e tendo em atenção a importância decisiva do Ministério das Finanças, ficar no Governo seria um acto de dissimulação. Não é politicamente sustentável, nem é pessoalmente exigível.
6. Ao longo destes dois anos protegi até ao limite das minhas forças o valor da estabilidade. Porém, a forma como, reiteradamente, as decisões são tomadas no Governo torna, efetivamente, dispensável o meu contributo.
7. Agradeço a todos os meus colaboradores no Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros a sua ajuda inestimável que não esquecerei. Agradeço aos meus colegas de Governo, sem distinção partidária, toda a amizade e cooperação.

A resposta de Pedro Passos Coelho foi surpreendente: não aceitou a demissão de Paulo Portas, promoveu-o a vice-primeiro-ministro, manteve Maria Luís Albuquerque e prendeu o líder do CDS ao seu próprio destino. Irrevogável? Nada disso.

O momento “eu estou aqui” do ano desportivo

Hat trick de Cristiano Ronaldo frente à Suécia. O melhor comentário à exibição do avançado português foi feito por Zlatan Ibrahimovic logo após o segundo golo: um aplauso. Reparem. Ao minuto 1:35.

Os 13 posts mais lidos de 2013

  1. A entrevista de Judite de Sousa a Lorenzo Carvalho levou-me a escrever este texto que, inesperadamente, se tornou o mais visto do ano, com quase 40 mil visualizações. Chama-se Judite de Sousa, a pivot moralista que usa sapatos Loubotin.
  2. 13209216Tecnicamente, este post é ainda de 2012. Mais precisamente de 2 de Novembro. No entanto, só a meio deste ano, na altura da “demissão irrevogável” de Paulo Portas começou a ser partilhado. Obrigado, Paulinho. Trata-se de um excerto da entrevista de vida que Manuel Monteiro deu à Sábado. Chama-se As revelações de Manuel Monteiro sobre Paulo Portas.
  3. fotografia-1A separação de Bárbara Guimarães e a chuva de acusações feitas por Manuel Maria Carrilho motivaram-me a fazer um único post. Muito simples. Não me deu muito trabalho. Tinha o título A roupa suja de Manuel Maria Carrilho e a queixa de Bárbara Guimarães. Mas entrou directamente para o Top três deste ano.
  4. ng2834506A nomeação de Rui Machete como ministro de Estado e dos Negócios Estrangeiros causou surpresa. Foi uma boa ocasião para recordar o que os sucessivos embaixadores norte-americanos em Lisboa escreveram nos vários telegramas enviados para Washington sobre o então presidente da Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento. O post intitula-se O que os Estados Unidos pensavam de Rui Machete. A imagem não é boa.

    Foto: Tiago Miranda

    Foto: Tiago Miranda

  5. O quinto post do Top13 foi um alerta: em Setembro um qualquer indivíduo começou a colocar no facebook fotografias de crianças portuguesas, retiradas dos perfis dos pais, com comentários impróprios (é a palavra mais educada que me ocorre). O tema de Tirem as fotografias dos vossos filhos da internet. Já! acabou por ser manchete no Correio da Manhã do dia seguinte. images
  6. Logo em Janeiro escrevi na Sábado um dos textos que mais gozo me deu fazer este ano. Foi a história – em que tropecei por acaso – de como Marco Borges, o antigo concorrente do Big Brother – mudou de vida e se tornou um profissional da segurança privada com reputação internacional. O post A nova vida de Marco Borges como treinador de guarda-costas relata a forma como cheguei ao Marco e inclui o texto publicado na Sábado.

    ©Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

    ©Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

  7. Também em Janeiro, a revista Forbes noticiou que Isabel dos Santos se tornou a mulher mais rica de África. A filha de José Eduardo dos Santos foi a primeira africana a alcançar uma fortuna de mil milhões de dólares. is
  8. Janeiro foi um bom mês. Fabrizio Corona, um paparazzo italiano condenado a uma pena de prisão em Itália decidiu fugir para Portugal. O texto sobre a fuga e a vida do próprio fotógrafo chegou ao oitavo lugar da lista dos mais lidos. Na verdade, há um motivo para isso: Corona fugiu para Portugal para casa de… Lorenzo Carvalho, o entrevistado favorito de Judite de Sousa. As pesquisas na internet em nome do piloto trouxeram muitos leitores a O paparazzo que nunca tirou uma fotografialorenzo-insta
  9. Há cerca de um mês e meio, a revista Visão entrevistou Fernando Moreira, um consultor de comunicação e blogger que participou na equipa que levou Passos Coelho ao poder, primeiro no PSD e depois no país. Foi a primeira vez que um participante activo numa campanha de promoção e comunicação política revelou tão claramente a forma alguns grupos se dedicam a tentar controlar a mensagem passada em blogues, redes sociais e fóruns de ouvintes. Chama-se Como a comunicação de Passos Coelho passou do 80 para o 8.  fotografia-11
  10. O concurso de acesso à carreira diplomática deste ano teve alguns momentos peculiares. O mais importante deu-se logo na primeira prova: a de cultura geral. Para além de questões extremamente relevantes como “o que é um prognata?” ou “qual o caminho mais curto até Urano?”, várias irregularidades levaram o Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros a repetir o exame. No entanto, os resultados foram igualmente desastrosos. O post Prova de cultura geral para diplomatas, parte dois com as perguntas e as respectivas respostas foi um dos mais vistos. fotografia (40)
  11. A filha de Miguel Sousa Tavares é casada com o filho de Ricardo Salgado. Em Abril, o humorista José Diogo Quintela escreveu que é por isso que o escritor e comentador nunca disse ou escreveu uma palavra sobre o presidente do BES – ao contrário do que fez em relação a todos os outros banqueiros. Sousa Tavares respondeu que Quintela é um mediocre e acusou-o de ter negócios com Dias Loureiro. A polémica José Diogo Quintela vs Miguel Sousa Tavares obteve alguns milhares de visualizações. 65375_10151515944979588_738013265_n
  12. A decisão tomada por Barack Obama de alterar toda a estratégia norte-americana em relação à África Ocidental e, em particular, aos países da CPLP deu origem a uma longa análise no The Huffington Post. No entanto, o que mais impressionou foi a ausência da palavra Portugal em todo o texto. Chama-se A batalha americana pelo mundo lusófono – e a ausência portuguesa da equação. africa-usa-preview
  13. A fechar a contagem está um post que podia estar lá no cimo: a entrevista integral de Manuel Monteiro com todas as revelações do político sobre as mentiras, as traições e também o apoio dado pelo Paulo Portas jornalista à tomada de poder do CDS. fotografia-1

Os melhores documentários para a World Press Photo

©Pep Bonet

©Pep Bonet

A World Press Photo acabou de divulgar os vencedores da competição multimédia deste ano. Foi a terceira vez que a fundação patrocinou este concurso que é dividido em três categorias: Online Short; Online Feature e Interactive Documentary. Destaco aqui os vencedores da primeira categoria: Into the Shadows, um documentário sobre os milhares de pessoas que todos os dias chegam a Joanesburgo em busca de uma vida melhor. Muitas arriscam as vidas para atravessar a fronteira com a África do Sul – só para encontrar um mundo de violência, opressão e discriminação. Os prédios dos bairros pobres são geridos por máfias que exigem rendas altíssimas em edifícios sobre-lotados sem água ou electricidade.  Mais um detalhe: todo o projecto foi financiado pelo público através de crowdfunding.

A mudança, parte dois

Para quem não viu, fica aqui o discurso da tomada de posse de Barack Obama. São 19m58s. Para os políticos profissionais: é assim que se fala em público.

As 10 coisas que os jornalistas devem saber em 2013

O site Journalism.co.uk reuniu uma lista com 10 pontos sobre o que é essencial um jornalista ter em mente neste novo ano.

1. It’s all about skills, skills, skills 

Aron Pilhofer, editor of interactive news at the New York Times, has one piece of advice for journalists wanting to get ahead: “Skills, skills, skills, skills, skills, skills.””Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, it is just not enough any more to just be able to turn a phrase, or do the traditional kinds of reporting,” he told Journalism.co.uk. “You need to be a little bit of a jack of all trades; you need to be able to shoot and cut video or do audio or code or do data analysis,” he said.”And it’s even more important now than it ever has been in this shrinking industry to have those kinds of skills.”Steve Herrmann, editor of BBC News online, agrees. He looks for those with skills in social media, data journalism and with “an ability to appreciate the importance of still pictures, of video, graphics and audio in communicating and telling stories”.”It’s not necessarily being expert in all of those things,” Herrmann said, “but being aware of their importance and appreciating when they can be really effective and have impact.”

2. Editors need data journalists

Back in May, Neil McIntosh, deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe, said at an Association of Online Publishers event: “Data journalism is like sex at university – everyone talks about it; few do it; fewer still do it well.”So while there has been much talk and little action at some titles, several of the editors we spoke to said that 2013 will see a push in data journalism.Alison Gow, editor of the Daily Post and DailyPost.co.uk in North Wales, told us data journalism is “something that first, last and most of all I need to be thinking about in 2013″.”I don’t think I can overstate how important that is to us,” she added.”Many people in this industry think data journalism is about numbers, but data journalism is actually just the best way to find out what the story is. It’s not the figures you get out of it, it’s the information that you find within the figures – and I think that’s where I really need to concentrate in 2013.”Steve Herrmann said a knowledge of data journalism is something his team at BBC News online looks for when recruiting.”An appreciation of the importance of data and facts and figures has always been critical in journalism,” he said, but news sites are now looking for “ways of using data to tell stories”.This may be a simple graphic, or a developer-built interactive such as ‘The world at seven billion‘ or ‘Where are you on the global fat scale?‘, both examples of interactives where the reader enters data to participate in the story.

3. Tone is important

This point may be an obvious one to many, but it’s crucial to understand the tone you should take when talking to sources on different platforms.”There’s nothing worse than that kind of awkward moment when people start demanding ‘send me your pictures if you are at X’ rather than having a conversation around it,” Alison Gow told us.Mark Little, founder and chief executive of social news agency Storyful, feels journalists need to get used to jumping into conversations and speaking in “a tone of voice that is not self-important, that is not self-regarding”.”People don’t care about what your title is, whether you are a correspondent or you are home affairs editor,” he said, adding that sometimes more established journalists can struggle to find the right tone when speaking to sources on public platforms.”I think they have to learn how to be a little bit more human without exposing themselves to the risk of undermining the reputation of their news organisation or their own personal brand.”

4. News sites are going live

Live reporting became ever more popular in 2012. From liveblogs to live updates boxes and sections on sites such as BBC News, the WSJ and, as of late last year, included in one of the Telegraph’s new homepage templates.Alison Gow explained that the regional she edits trains its reporters in live skills, including liveblogging and live tweeting from court and council meetings. “It’s really important that people are telling the story live as it happens,” she said.

5. Journalists are ‘managers’ of information

“Journalists are no longer people who hold scarce information and serve it up to a passive audience; they are essentially managers of this overabundance of information,” Mark Little told Journalism.co.uk.According to Alison Gow, a reporter’s role is now one of “helping people tell the story”.Journalists can curate the news by verifying and adding tweets or videos from eyewitnesses to news stories, or by using curation tools such as Storify andBundlr.

6. Depth is important

When we asked Aron Pilhofer what we can expect from the New York Times in 2013, he said his team would be focusing on deeper community engagement.The New York Times has already been focusing on deeper engagement for some time. For example, its Well blog started a ‘Picture your life after cancer‘ project in 2010, encouraging cancer survivors to share photographs of themselves.On Twitter the New York Times has carried out deep engagement by using hashtags such as #asknyt, inviting followers to flag up particular statements for fact checking.Another example of the breadth rather than the depth of engagement is how the title approaches Google+ Hangouts. In August social media editor Alexis Mainland told us that her team was organising fewer Hangouts but with a greater impact. For one Hangout Mainland and colleagues spoke to nearly 100 people to find and select five really strong contributors.

7. Inaccuracies will be exposed

There are countless examples from 2012 of journalists and verification experts acting, in Mark Little’s words, as “bullshit detectors”, flagging up hoax or fake images and videos shared on social media.There has also been a rise in news outlets harnessing the crowd as fact checkers, whether around statistics or political coverage.With social media and sites such as Poynter’s Regret the Error encouraging transparency, journalists must be aware that inaccuracies will be exposed and should know how to handle corrections online and on social media. FollowCraig Silverman’s posts for advice on the ethics of corrections.

8. User experience matters

Raju Narisetti, managing editor of the WSJ Digital Network at the Wall Street Journal, believes reader experience is critical and news outlets must shift their focus “from just creating content to creating a great experience with that content, especially for digital audiences”.”My belief is that those organisations which also focus on creating experiences with their content will become winners, and those who just focus on content probably have to play catch up.”

9. Online journalism is mobile first

Mobile is an important traffic driver for news sites, we are regularly reminded. At particular times of the day the Guardian’s mobile traffic exceeds desktop traffic; on an average weekday 24 per cent of readers of BBC News access via mobile, with that rising to a record of 30 per cent on the day of the US election last November, the BBC Editors’ blog reported. And more than a third of New York Times traffic now comes from phones and tablets, according to this post by Martin Belam.But while some sites have a mobile first strategy when thinking about how to present data visualisations, features and multimedia, many journalists have desktop in mind when creating the story.Examples of those practising ‘mobile first journalism’ include the New York Times which creates interactives with mobile in mind, and Brian Boyer, news applications editor at NPR, recently told me that if a member of his team has an idea that does not work on mobile, it does not get developed.But other stories are clearly created for desktop. For example, Pitchfork recently published an interview with musician Bat For Lashes. The desktop experience has been heralded as the future of feature publishing online, Belam writes, but points out that it does not work on mobile.In a presentation at December’s news:rewired digital journalism conference, Belam said: “Think reader before editor. Think software before content. Think simplicity before features. Think mobile before desktop.”

10. It is essential to embrace change

The final tip for journalists as we start the new year is from Steve Herrmann from BBC News online. He says journalists must embrace change.”If you don’t love change you are going to be a very stressed out individual because things change so quickly.”Whether it is the tools that we use or the way in which audiences get their information, it’s changing all the time and you have to love that otherwise it’s going to get you down.”

Também é interessante ver o que eles diziam ser essencial em 20122010 e 2009.


O que podemos esperar do jornalismo em 2013

O Nieman Journalism Lab pediu a 35 pessoas – as mais inteligentes que conseguiu encontrar – para partilharem as suas previsões sobre o futuro do jornalismo. Concretamente, o que podemos esperar para 2013. As conclusões variam: os que acham que o futuro está nas redes sociais, aqueles que pensam que está nos smartphones, os que defendem as multiplataformas, os que preferem o aprofundamento do jornalismo local e de proximidade, os partidários do “data journalism”, os promotores do jornalismo de qualidade, do jornalismo de nicho … cada um apresenta uma solução própria, com a internet em comum. Para ver aqui.