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Cludia Silva - @silvaclaudia01Universidade Nova de Lisboa UT Austin Portugal programBack to the Future of News: Looking for locative media principles in the pre-news era


Paris, France-1917Austin,Texas 2014

Although the comparison I do on the paper is from 16 and 17 centuries, this image from 1917 taken during World War One, showing a Man updating a map of the front, given by the newspaper "Excelsior" to the Parisians, illustrates A screenshot of a locative application, you have the map in your pocket. Why are they alike? They both illustrates the role location plays in the understanding of information. the general goal is to provide scholars with a framework that explains how the culture of curiosities leads to a fundamental understanding of how locative media principles can be applied in digital journalism practices. Hence, this paper aims to propose that curiosity may be a way to engage young readership with digital locative news by suggesting that there might be three possible approaches: 1) exploring maps, 2) investing in history, and 3) enhancing ones sense of place, feeding urban citizens with unusual/hidden information about their physical places.


Readers from the 16th and 17th centuries perceived news like a maze without consulting analog maps (Vittu, 1994)

But even before thatIndeed, maps or geographical guides were printed specifically to help newspapers readers (Kenny, 2004). Maps could be sold in the shape of an atlas or by unit. Usually, readers could buy maps from newspapers seller or they could find them hanging at the front of bookstores specialized in geography alongside the clock tower in Paris (Quai de l'Horloge) (Vittu, 1994). 3

Kenny, Neil (2004). The uses of curiosity in early modern France and Germany. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Curiosity History Sense of PlaceMaps

You might be asking yourselgf. What does it have to do with the present.? Curiosity is the glue that links the past of news to the present. During this period of the culture of curiosities, newspapers first appeared in Germany from the late 16th and early 17th century and in France from 1631 with the Gazette (Kenny, 2004). Those publications were also influenced by the metaphor of curiosity-collecting. French newspapers used curiosity virtually from the outset But curiosity is a way to engage either locals or outsiders with information about local places. 4

Foursquare: a cabinet of spatial information

In order to reach out and engage young and mobile audiences, Foursquare is used by news media organizations in the same way as social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. On July 2013, we found 77 US media outlets had an official page on Foursquare, including newspapers, TV channels, magazines, radio, and websites.The way media outlets are using Foursquare fits exactly into the metaphor of collection of curiosities in two ways: 1) rather than providing continuous narrative, the information provided is organized into a collection of fragments, what are called tips, a textual way to suggest things to other people on the application, limited to 200 characters with a possibility of having also a link (as shown in the Figure 1). A Foursquare user can add tips to any venue and they will remain attached to that venue forever, ensures the application on its page (Foursquare, 2014b). 2) Some of these tips are a mixing of contemporary and historical information that is less likely to be found in traditional media.


How does it affect journalism?

CuriosityBreak with the industrys preconceived notions of what news should be

From temporal actuality to spatial proximity spatial news as rare, exotic, collectable, hidden, select, smallstrategy to recreate a news reading habit in Millennials by engaging them with a physical location enhancing sense of place


Thank you!Dr. Joseph StraubhaaarDr. Antonio Granado