A little bit about my experience on Talk About Local

A post by me on Talk About Local

A little bit about my experience on Talk About Local

The very kind Talk About Local‘s staff invited me to write about my experience with a hyperlocal supplement in my city, Porto Alegre. The post was published today. I must thank William, Nicky and Mike for the opportunity.

Soon, I hope to post something about Talk About Local here.

Café ZH, a newscafe in Porto Alegre

Inspired by Nase Adresa – a Czech news organization which approaches their communities in innovative newscafes -, my team, at Zero Hora, developed a project called Café ZH  

ZH Zona Sul, 05/03/2010: announcing Café ZH

The staff of the neighbourhoods’ supplements spend one day in a local cafe to talk with the community. We collected suggestions, feed a blog with stories reported by readers and took photos of those whom attended the event. 

The first Café ZH took place in the trendiest Porto Alegre’s neighbourhood, Moinhos de Vento (check posts about the Café ZH in this neighbourhood – available just in Portuguese), in February, 2010. The second event happened in the South Zone, linked to the supplement and blog I used to edit (ZH Zona Sul, check posts here – in Portuguese), in March, 2010. 

A traditional local cafe was our base, and many readers went there specially to talk with us. In the second event, after four hours working in the coffeeshop with our laptops, we’d came back to the newsroom with around 50 suggestions.

Supplement's first page after the event

We announced each meeting one month in advance. Fortunately, the company could provide us some advestising material. After the event, we had a large variety of subjects to report about. The readers’ feedback are so motivating, and different places have contacted us to set the next Café ZH (including shopping mall, schools, clubs etc – that’s not the focus, of course, but it’s good to know this repercussion).

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Links in English about Nase Adresa project:

> New York Times: A Latte With Journalism on the Side

> Times (UK): Journalists cross a new frontier

> Editors Weblog: A new experience in journalism, at multiple levels

Sobre crowdsourcing

Blog do Editor, em zerohora.com

 

Texto originalmente publicado no Blog do Editor, em zerohora.com

 

“Na segunda-feira, o Blog do ZH Zona Sul publicou o post Que obra é essa?, relativo a uma obra iniciada ao lado da ciclovia da Diário de Notícias, na zona sul da Capital, pedindo a ajuda dos leitores para desvendar o mistério. No final de outubro, fotografamos um buraco raso, por alguns metros, aberto dias antes por uma retroescavadeira.

Sem placa no local ou funcionários que pudessem dar informações, ligamos para diversas secretarias e empresas para saber o que seria feito ali. Nenhuma soube dizer do que se tratava.

Em meio ao mistério de uma obra inacabada, o blog lançou a sua dúvida na rede e perguntou aos internautas se teriam alguma pista para passar à reportagem. Essse “chamado aberto” aos leitores é conhecido como crowdsourcing, em uma ideia de que o coletivo pode resultar em informações mais precisas.

A prática, claro, ganhou força com a internet. Um dos exemplos mais expressivos é o do jornal The Guardian, que publicou em seu site 458.832 documentos com os gastos dos parlamentares britânicos. Até a tarde desta terça, dia 18, 24.603 internautas já garimparam 215.503 papéis.

Em Zero Hora, você pode já ter percebido esses convites ao público há um tempo — um dos mais recentes, foi o chamado no Twitter (@zerohora) sobre a passagem do Sucatão pelo céu porto-alegrense, no domingo. As respostas dos leitores ganharam espaço na Reportagem Especial da segunda-feira passada.

Com mais de 1,6 mil acessos e 28 palpites no post — dos que sugeriam ser uma obra da Bienal do Mercosul aos ciclistas e pedestres que disputam lugar na via para bicicletas devido à falta de calçada no local —, o ZH Zona Sul realizou uma segunda rodada de ligações, mas o mistério permanece.

Aliás, se tiver uma dica, mande um e-mail para zonasul@zerohora.com.br. Afinal, esse post também é um chamado aberto.

* Melissa Becker, repórter dos cadernos de Bairros da Zero Hora

Lots of local news, one map

mapazs

Finally I add a Google Maps on Blog do ZH Zona Sul. It’s about some traffic interruptions for the instalation of drainpipes on South Zone streets, which will lasts until 2010. The works happen in almost 15 places at same time, in different roads and different periods of time – so the map is updated very often. Since I published (on Oct. 2nd), the map has more than 2,600 views in eight days.

ZH Zona Sul on Twitter

twittersul

Since June, ZH Zona Sul has an account on Twitter: http://twitter.com/zhzonasul

At this moment, we have more than 100 followers. Another neighbourhood supplement should have its Twitter account soon, as a tool to be nearer the readers. 

We tweet about:

- New posts on its blog

- Every Friday, a reminder about the supplement publication

- Retweet some news and tips about that area tweeted by city hall sectors (water supply cut for some hours or a block on traffic in some street, e.g.)

- Questions to help us in a report

Trolls

I translated to Portuguese this post: Why online communities attract trolls, by Shane Richmond, Communities Editor of Telegraph.co.uk. It’s a very interesting text about people who ‘mess’ attempts at debate with their comments and how to handle with this. Impossible to erradicate. I translated this post to our ZH Zona Sul’s bloggers, citizens who aren’t used to be aimed with this kind of comments.

The Portuguese version (with the author’s permission) is here.

Trolls