Tania Lucia Cobos

Tania Lucia Cobos

Participant in 2015
Work history Assistant research at CINCO (ITESM, Mexico) and OIC (UAB, Spain). Others: Internet coordinator, content editor, digital journalist, blogger and information architect.
Study history PhD student in Communication and Journalism (UAB, Spain)
Master in Science Communication (ITESM, Mexico)
Bachelor in Social Communication and Journalism (UNINORTE, Colombia)
Publications - Radiografía al comportamiento de la prensa colombiana en Twitter: Casos El Heraldo, El Universal y El Informador (2015)
- Diarios en Brasil: Google News vs la Associação Nacional de Jornais (2014)
- La representación de la obesidad, el sobrepeso y las relaciones sentimentales en la televisión estadounidense de la segunda década del dos mil. Caso de la sitcom Mike & Molly (co-author, 2013)
- Desarrollo del periodismo en línea y móvil en los diarios mexicanos (co-author, 2013)
- Periodismo móvil: la prensa mexicana y su incursión en plataformas móviles. Casos El Universal y El Norte (2012)
- Introducción del periodismo móvil en el periódico El Norte (co-author, 2012)
- Ideología y poder en La Princesa Mononoke (2012)
- ¿Smart is the new sexy? Reivindicación del nerd en la televisión (co-author, 2012)
- Y surge el community manager (2011)
- La interactividad en los periódicos digitales latinoamericanos (co-author, 2011)
- Análisis comparativo de los elementos interactivos en los periódicos digitales de mayor acceso en México y Colombia. El caso de El Universal y de El Tiempo (co-author, 2010)
- Twitter como fuente para periodistas latinoamericanos (2010)
- Animación japonesa y globalización: la latinización y la subcultura Otaku en América Latina (2010)

All available at http://tanialu.co/mis-articulos/

Phd Projects

2015

Ibero-American media outlets and news aggregators: analysis to editions of Google News Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Mexico and Portugal

Google News is a news aggregation service owned by Google. Officially launched in September 2002, it was developed by the Indian engineer Krishna Bharat after 9/11 in the United States. Just in Spanish and Portuguese languages, it claims it crawls and posts over more than 2200 news sources. Without any advertising being displayed, news in Spanish are available in the editions of Spain, Mexico and Colombia, as well as in other Spanish-speaking country editions; and news in Portuguese are available in the editions of Brazil and Portugal. The news aggregator role has been polemic and widely covered by the media. Criticism against it has come up from news agencies, media conglomerates magnates, media outlet associations, governments, among others. Furthermore, in December 2014 the Spaniard edition was closed because of conflicts with the new Spanish Copyright Law. However, small publishers look at this service with approval. Google says its news aggregator increases the news traffic and this can be monetized through Google AdSense; besides, the service does not infringe copyright because it just shows snippets and links them to the original source, and it does not pay to the media outlet because no advertising is displayed. This creates a situation of coopetition (cooperation/competition) because both sides, news outlets as sources and Google News as infomediare, are forced to work together since they need each other. In the same way, Google News plays the role of a gatekeeper, setting up its own agenda and could have an influence in shaping public opinion, all this using algorithms whose performance is little known. This thesis seeks to determine which are the media outlets indexed in the above-mentioned regional editions, who owns them, what is their aggregation frequency and how the indexed media and the news aggregator are related. Additionally, the thesis attempts to prove that the aggregator's regional editions are biased towards the weight of the media indexed (determined by the aggregation rate/frequency) and not towards the news themselves. Since the edition in Spain was unexpectedly closed, a theoretical approach will be provided to understand what happened. A web scraper algorithm was designed to daily collect, store and report data such as: country edition, section, media name, etc. The origin country of the media outlet and media ownership will be identified through a document review. Finally, interviews to media organizations representatives and, if possible, to Google News representatives will take place in order to determine the relation between the indexed media outlet and the news aggregator.

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