Cartografía del Periodismo Reposado/Lento (Slow Journalism) digital en español: Recopilatorio de prácticas innovadoras y de calidad

Carmen Peñafiel (IP), Txema Ramírez de la Piscina, Beatriz Zabalondo, Alazne Ayestaran, Imanol Murua, Guillermo Gurrutxaga, Amaia Álvarez, Miren Manias, Itsaso Manias, Antxoka Agirre, Udane Goikoetxea, Gabriel A. Corral
from 2017 to 2021
Financing entity:
Proyecto del MINECO (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad) cofinanciado con fondos del FEDER. Referencia: CSO 2016-76020-R
Total amount:
41.000 €

The rapid rise in digital journalism over the last two decades has generated disruptive changes in news consumption. In just a few years, what appeared to be steadfastly fixed reading habits have become diluted, giving way to other ways of consuming information. At the same time, the brevity and immediacy imposed by the current digital model have provoked certain deterioration in news quality, as shown by recent research. Significant sections of society are more and more critical of the prevailing communication model. Faced with this model, a number of websites have appeared in the last few years which advocate and practice a different type of journalism. Known as Slow Journalism (a post-industrial version of New Journalism), it is a more narrative way of understanding the profession; a practice which has recuperated genres almost outlawed today in written journalism, such as in-depth analysis, investigative journalism or the long interview. This current research aims to achieve the following objectives: 1. To establish exactly what is understood by quality Slow Journalism. 2. To draw up a map of the main websites which practice digital Slow Journalism in Spanish. 3. To determine the profile of the professionals and collaborators working in this practice. 4. To identify those websites practicing quality Slow Journalism which, furthermore, have an innovative and efficient management model. 5. To describe the sources of funding of these websites. 6. To discover the degree of consumer satisfaction with this type of journalism. 7. To find out the opinion of professionals regarding the future of journalism, especially in relation to this practice. The research takes the following hypothesis as its starting point: Quality Slow Journalism is gaining ground on the Internet day by day. What is currently quantitatively secondary and geographically peripheral may, in the near future, become qualitatively significant and, in some cases, may aspire to compete with the hegemony of certain Media which have, up to now, been referential. Just as digital journalism brought the acceleration of productive rhythms and provoked disruptive changes in news consumption, Slow Journalism could be on the threshold of causing further disruption which will convert in outdated that which, up to now, seemed eternal. The methodology to be used in the research will combine both quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. Online surveys among professionals, collaborators and readers of this type of website; case studies of those portals especially identified as innovative and of quality; and in-depth interviews of academics and professionals, experts in the subject under analysis will be carried out. The results of this research will help to shed light on some of the challenges posed today by the digital society and will contribute to the search for solutions to the difficult situation which the world of communication is currently facing. The compilation of innovative practices will serve to better understand the keys to the future of quality journalism and also to interpret the profound transformation which our political, social, economic and informative systems are going through.

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