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  • Futures Lab update #81: Al Jazeera’s AJ+ app and a collaboration around engagement

    Blog | October 29, 2014

    How is AJ+ tailoring news for young mobile audiences? And how might engagement lead to more diverse news coverage?

  • RJI, Public Media partner again for annual student competition

    RJI, Public Media partner again for annual student competition

    News | October 29, 2014

    Some 30 Missouri journalism and engineering students turned out last week to help launch the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s eighth annual student developer competition. Partnering again this year with RJI are the nation’s five leading public media organizations: NPR, PBS, American Public Media, Public Radio International and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

  • Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

    Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

    Blog | October 29, 2014

    I'm interested in how readers process and remember news stories, and I'd like to better understand how stories can be made more comprehensible and memorable. This means I need to study the brain. I’ve spent my first few weeks of The Washington Post’s Reynolds Fellowship trying to brush up on the basics of psychophysiology.

  • Nikki Usher

    When media companies invest in news startups: A growing trend

    Blog | October 28, 2014

    There’s a new trend in our industry: big media and tech companies are investing in news startups, pouring tons of money into all kinds of products such as aggregators, readers, content and social.

  • Jaci Smith

    Native advertising for APG: What it is, what it isn’t and why your clients will want it

    Blog | October 27, 2014

    In the past year, native advertising has grown from a concept to a successful way to grow revenue for some of the largest media companies in the nation. At APG Media of Southern Minnesota, we have been working on implementing a native advertising program for a few months. We've been talking to our clients about what native is and how it can help them grow revenue and their brand.

  • Dan Archer

    Empathetic Media debuts Ferguson VR at ONA14

    Blog | October 27, 2014

    The Online News Association’s annual conference last month in Chicago was a who’s who of movers and shakers in the industry. One new addition to the reporter’s storytelling toolkit was virtual reality (VR), which can transform any home computer into a VR world that responds to the user’s head movements in real time.

  • News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

    News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

    Blog | October 24, 2014

    For years, the drumbeat among venture capitalists has been that content is expensive and is not worth their investment. But we’ve seen a turnaround, and the question is, why now? The answer may simply be optimism.

  • RJI links

    RJI links: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

    Blog | October 24, 2014

    To help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

    Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

    Blog | October 24, 2014

    I’m conducting research interviews to better understand media use motivations and preferences of 18- to 29-year-old careerists. Nine interviews in and I’m observing an interesting and unanticipated pattern from the data.

  • Mediatwits 135

    Mediatwits 135: HBO, CBS jump into streaming services for cord-cutters

    Blog | October 24, 2014

    Last week HBO and CBS both announced plans to offer stand-alone streaming services on the web. It’s a major turn-about for the pay cable service HBO (owned by Time Warner), which has long maintained they are “not TV.” This move will allow viewers to cut the cord to their cable TV subscriptions and purchase HBO programming alone.

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