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January 10 2011

12:07

DIGITAL ROBOTIC JOURNALISM: ETA SPEAKS AND TOO MANY SPANISH NEWS WEBSITES DO CUT AND PASTE JOURNALISM

A terrorist group speak and too many Spanish news websites react just reproducing their words.

With no instant analysis.

El Pais, El Mundo, ABC, Publico and El Correo do robotic digital journalism: cut and paste journalism.

But La Vanguardia in Barcelona and 20 Minutos in Madrid add to the headline the most important fact hidden by the terrororist: ETA declares a permanent ceasefire but doesn’t renounce to the guns.

This is Journalism 101.

November 13 2010

08:59

LACK OF INFORMATION, LACK OF IDEAS, AND THE FT EXCEPTION

This weekend try to understand what happened at the G20 Summit.

Try it… and you will see how our world media brands are unable to deliver a clear message.

The Financial Times is the exception.

Do you want a proof?

Read this editorial:

G20 Show not to run the world.

Olé!

So our newspapers not knowing what’s going on decided to deliver just PR pictures from our leaders running… out of the real world, out of the real news.

August 23 2010

19:05

IN MEMORIAN OF CARLOS MENDO, A GREAT JOURNALIST

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A few years ago I wrote a very short post after reading a brilliant analysis of Carlos Mendo about the US elections.

Today I saw that my blog-meter started to get hundreds of visits linking to this post from Google.

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I went to Google and I put just his name in…

And the explanation of so much traffic was there: Carlos Mendo died today and many people were looking for more information about this master of journalists.

Mendo was UPI director in Spain and director of EFE, working also for ABC and El Pais.

Carlos Soria and Esteban Morán were old friends of him.

I am sure that they are very sad.

Like many readers fans of such a great journalists.

He was a gentleman, a happy person with many friends and a terrific expert on US politics.

He was 77.

Rest in pace.

April 15 2010

12:14

THE ICELAND VOLCANO ERUPTION AND THE MAPS CHALLENGE

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Good visual journalist be alert!

How do you believe in these maps when the information is not very good?

Look at the first ones and you will see how unreliable they are.

This will be a great challenge for my infographic friends.

But they will end doing a good job.

You will see.

The BBC has done this basic one:

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Anoher version with the same data posted by the European edition of The Wall Street Journal website from the U.K. Met Office with an illustration of the volcanic ash dispersion from the surface to 20,000 feet, issued at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

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And The Telegraph included this picture from a real-time radar image showing all aircraft movements in UK airspace at 9.30am today.

The image from www.radarvirtuel.com shows how ash from the Icelandic volcano stopped all flights in the northern parts of UK.

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Lainformacion.com in Spain has a bigger map with more or less the same data.

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El Pais in Madrid shows the Meteosat 9 images and this the best way to understand the size and impact of the volcanic ashes.

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And in Twitter going to ashes you can see this incredibly beautiful picture

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More, later.

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