Archived entries for Printed Media

We do not work for free


The journalists we are getting use to aceppt precarious jobs. Many hours and hard work for little pay and conditions that do not value our knowledge either our experience.

The lattest has been one company that paid € 0.75 per text of 800 characters (not even spaces, as usual asked). A price that is not only insufficient but is clearly an insult.

800 characters are not double what you’ve been reading.

But the job also demand for knowledge of search engine optimization, internet writing, writing and structure. More over the author may be penalized if the text did not like or was not creative enough. He was not going to get paid if he did not write – and be approved “lucky” 10 editors who passed the selection – about 400 texts. 300 euros for it, likely to be rejected.

A colleague from Seville, Azahara Cano, “was selected” and she said no. She first reported on Linkedin and then on Twitter. The Press Association of Madrid (APM) supported her using the hashtag #gratisnotrabajo. And like them, many, many colleagues who have turned the slogan into a cry of dignity.

We, as BCN Media Lab, also endorse and support.

We support her and many journalists who suffer unacceptable, humiliating work conditions.

So many freelancing and false selfemployed workers, the weakest parts in the chain, who they get much less than what they were paid a while ago with the excuse of the crisis. And no chance to reply or complain. Or those who are required to work for free to keep his job or be indefinitely delayed payment.

All are situated on the verge of labor and social degradation.

It’s enough.

Journalists are necessary in a democratic society because a free and independent journalism is a guarantee of transparency.
And we deserve More respect.

Stop job offers that do not recognize our work and our craft.
Stop to take advantage of the need of people.
Denounce.

We also # gratisnotrabajo.

The role of print: Mark Porter

Mark Porter is the former Creative Director of The Guardian, and responsible of the 2005 redesign, one of the more important redesign projects in newspapers of the last decade. Mark works now as an independent editorial design consultant in London.

The physical qualities of the printed object will ensure that print continues to be valued in the future. Reading a printed magazine or newspaper is a tactile, immersive experience of a different order to anything the digital world can offer. But the speed, convenience and interactivity of digital mean that print can not compete as a mass communication medium.

I expect print to become a niche, with enhanced production values, concentrating on long-form journalism and high-end imagery. For newspapers, this means publishing less frequently, with higher quality, and charging more. There will always be an audience that takes pleasure in print, but it will be an increasingly small one. Printed newspapers and magazines will have to become luxury products in order to survive.

In february 24th, the BCNMedialab will host a meeting around the future of print media. Join here.

The role of print: Emily Bell

Emily Bell, Director of Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. She held several roles before in the online department of The Guardian, where she was Director of digital content for Guardian News & Media from 2006 to 2010.

I think that the newspapers and magazines of the future will be fewer in number (certainly newspapers), and higher in price.Or they will be completely free. Tablets and mobile devices will I am sure have a big effect on how people spend their reading time, or their commuting ‘eye time’, but I don’t think for one second they are the saviour of papers, they are a totally different medium.

Weekend papers will thrive for longer than Monday to Friday newspapers, which I cannot anticipate have a very long term future as mass market products. Within a generation there will be a dramatic falling away in readership. But in some ways I think this will actually help papers to innovate. As they lose the readers that have been their bedrock, they will have no reason not to abandon many of the features which were popular with that audience and try different formats, visual styles, different distribution strategies.

I would like someone to invent the perfect newspaper – not too big – and make sure it is reliably delivered. This would squeeze a few more years’ life out of print; making it easy for people to obtain and pay for. I do think there is a genuine existensial threat to mass distribution daily newspapers. I cannot think that they will survive beyond the next twenty to thirty years.

02/24 What role print media will have in the future?

After the long Christmas break we return to the meetings of BCNMediaLab. After having talked about social networking and entrepeurship jornalism, we look at the future of the print. We wonder: how will look like newspapers and magazines in the future? What will your their role in the new information ecosystem dominated by over-information, real time and ubiquity?

Will be February 24, at  37 grados.

We invited people from the magazine Barcelonés and Madriz, the consultant and journalist Toni Piqué and José Sanclemente, who will help us to try to imagine the future of media and its new role in the digital context.

Register now here.



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