Book launch, Postgraduate studies

From Brazilian TV to the present day: a book on the evolution of news programs

A new book by Pimenta Cultural presents a pioneering study on the evolution of Brazilian television.

The book “The reporter on TV: a history of major news programs in Brazil“, published by Cultural Pepperby Bruno Chiarioni and Igor Sacramento, is a pioneering work in the field and provides a historical analysis of the major news programs on Brazilian television from the 1960s to the present day.

The authors, based on extensive research carried out during Professor Bruno Chiarioni’s post-doctoral internship at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, discuss the evolution of the television journalism format, with an emphasis on the changes in reporters’ performances in front of the camera and the shift from the fact of the news to the reporter’s personal experience.

A variety of sources were consulted for the book, including newspapers of the time, interviews with professionals in the field and major news programs. The book also highlights the importance of images in the construction of this story, reflecting on the challenge of writing with images. The book highlights the importance of images in the construction of this story, reflecting on the challenge of writing with images.

According to Chiarioni, “this research fills a very important gap in the history of Brazilian television journalism, especially that of high-profile reporting. Thinking about the place of the reporter in TV journalism and the changes that this professional has gone through over the decades is a way of also understanding how communication is guided by technological changes and advances in high-performance productions,” he says.

The book is a fundamental work for understanding the evolution of television journalism in Brazil. The rich and detailed analysis allows us to understand how the changes in the reporting format reflect the country’s social, political and cultural transformations.

Bruno Chiarioni is a journalist and university professor. PhD in Communication from PUC-SP. He did a post-doctorate at UFRJ. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication from Cásper Líbero and an MBA in Documentary Film from FGV-SP. Since 2001, he has been working for television channels, having worked on news programs for Rede Bandeirantes, Rede TV! and ESPN Brasil, and major news programs for Rede Globo, Record TV, SBT and CNN Brasil. He is currently a postgraduate student in Jungian Psychology at the Instituto Junguiano de Ensino e Pesquisa.

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Igor Sacramento holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from UFRJ, and is a professor in the Postgraduate Program in Health Information and Communication at Fiocruz and the Postgraduate Program in Communication and Culture at UFRJ. He is the coordinator of the Communication, History and Health Studies Center (Nechs), linked to the Health Communication Research Laboratory at Fiocruz’s Institute of Communication and Scientific and Technological Information in Health. She has a CNPq research productivity grant and her research interests include the history of communication, television studies, social memory, biographical narratives and discourses on health, the body and illness.

“O repórter na TV: uma história dos programas de grande reportagem no Brasil” is an essential work for scholars, communication professionals and anyone interested in learning about the evolution of television journalism in the country. The book is already available in print in the main bookstores and online stores and will soon be available in digital format.

Check out the synopsis of the book on the website of the publisher Pimenta Cultural more details.

This book takes a look at the history of television news programs in Brazil, from the 1960s to the present day. It is a story with, from and through televisualities. The following are fundamental elements in analyzing the changes in this format of television journalism: images, sounds, texts, movements, scenes and bodies in sociocultural contexts that are as specific as they are broad. In this historical process, reporters’ performances in front of the camera not only changed, but also took center stage: the reporter’s subjectivity and personal experience with the fact being narrated took center stage. The passage, journalistic jargon that designates both the moment when the reporter appears on the scene of the news and confers ubiquitous authority to the broadcaster, has come to be configured as an autobiographical space, which even includes the emotion of narrating, in the report, what the reporter feels. How did we arrive at this configuration? How did we get through so many others? What is the place of facts when the main fact becomes the experience of reporting? Dealing with these issues in depth was only possible because Bruno Chiarioni and Igor Sacramento used multiple sources (newspapers of the time, interviews with professionals, news programs). The authors understand that the history of television is also a challenge to write with images.

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