22 de December de 2015 By tripe

“The future of the newspaper is the newspaper of the past.” The statement made by the columnist for Folha de S.Paulo, Leão Serva, at the 10th International Congress for Investigative Journalism, organized by Abraji says a lot about tomorrow’s print journalism. In a time when the multi-platform changed the way people interact with information, the big question is where are the papers in the midst of a society increasingly dependent on the virtual environment? Who gives the answer is the director of the Press Museum in Washington, Greg Policinsk: “I do not remember the last time that the newspaper told me what had just happened, but I remember several occasions when newspapers told me what.”

There are many opinions that predict the end of time for those who make news on paper. Just as books are, for some time, “on borrowed time”, the duty of apocalyptic come announcing the termination of the era of print for decades. It is obvious that the massification of internet brought about a new order of things in relation to content production, though it must be said, not everything you read on the Internet in the form of news has a journalistic content. What determines the quality of the news is the formation of the journalist and his social commitment to the profession and society. And what makes the printed keep your place in this new world of communication is exactly the fight to preserve the ethics of news construction process. Even with a wing press steeped in a denuncista wave that marginalizes socially relevant guidelines, most of the newspapers is devoted to trying to fulfill its role of making contradictory to confront power and to give visibility to those who have not.

In a period of widespread disbelief in relation to the survival of newspapers, we follow believing that we are more alive than ever. The end of hegemony in the transmission of information – indeed this is one of the means democratization of flags – is not synonymous with the end of newspapers. While there are stories hidden and silenced people, print journalism will continue to exist and to reinvent itself. Not only to rescue the memory of a country, but above all to ensure that the company remains free to express themselves and to fight for a more just and humane Brazil project.

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