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  • Digital news

    Understanding the digital subscriber and adjusting strategies to serve them

    Blog | August 1, 2014

    As more newspapers adopt digital subscription models, publishers are facing challenging questions.

  • clock hands

    Time runs out on 24-hour pay model: Five lessons learned at the Columbia Missourian

    Blog | August 1, 2014

    In August 2012, the Columbia Missourian launched an experiment: a pay model no other general-purpose newspaper in the country had tried. Instead of the popular metered model, which allows digital readers of papers to see a limited number of articles before being asked to pay, the Missourian let all readers see content for 24 hours. Once an article reached the end of its 24-hour window, it became available only to readers with a membership, which gave them full access to the Missourian’s digital products. It didn't work.

  • Futures Lab update #69: A new system for engagement, and a handbook for UGC

    Blog | July 29, 2014

    Is your next commenting platform being built by The New York Times and The Washington Post? And do you need to verify an online video? There's a handbook for that.

  • RJI links

    RJI links: Friday, July 25, 2014

    Blog | July 25, 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.

  • Bimal Balakrishnan

    3-D news immersion: It’s almost like being there

    Blog | July 24, 2014

    During the next two semesters as a Reynolds Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Bimal Balakrishnan will explore the potential of advanced 3-D technologies for journalism and advertising.

  • Metrics

    Is it “working”? Let’s talk about metrics for mission-driven work

    Blog | July 24, 2014

    How do we know if the information we’re providing is having an impact? How do we know if our efforts are worth it? If our plan is “working“? Those questions don’t come up much if your ultimate business success can be easily quantified (dollars, users, sales, reach, etc.). But what if your goals aren’t so easily measured?

  • Futures Lab update #68: Rethinking the story mix and training citizen videographers

    Blog | July 22, 2014

    How is Witness helping citizens capture better video? And how does Ozy's content attract a different kind of audience?

  • Kelsey Proud

    St. Louis merger: Designing a news organization to grow community connections

    Blog | July 22, 2014

    The Reynolds institutional fellowship in St. Louis will focus on outreach to people and organizations who have demonstrated interest in one of four topic areas: the scientific aspects of health, education, arts or economic innovation. St. Louis Public Radio plans to use social media channels and technology-based platforms, along with more traditional journalistic techniques, to identify influencers in each topic area and map their networks.

  • Treepple

    Health app’s tailored news helps patients live better lives

    News | July 21, 2014

    During a doctor visit, patients check various boxes on information forms to provide insight about their medical history and current health conditions. This offers more focused care for the patient. Treepple, a University of Missouri-developed news application, uses a similar approach to gather data for a tailoring engine that generates health news content specific to individual users.

  • Collab/Space

    Collab/Space NYC: Helping intrapreneurial projects succeed

    Blog | July 21, 2014

    There is plenty of advice available for startups and entrepreneurs, but what do you do if you are inside a company and want to develop a new concept or project? There are no incubators, angel investors or college courses around to help you.

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