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Futures Lab update #115: Predictive video downloads, and a new crowdsourcing platform

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on July 29, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

What if an app knew in advance what someone might want to watch? And how are you gathering user-generated visuals?

Preserving a visual record: The drive to create a born-digital photo archive at the Columbia Missourian, Part 2

By Edward McCain on July 28, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Photo drives

Let’s return to the Missourian’s photo desk. Aside from not knowing which drive or disk might hold a certain photo, there was a much bigger problem; there was only one copy of each photo file stored on a drive or disk.

RJI links: Friday, July 24, 2015

By RJI on July 24, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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.

Does your media organization use WordPress? We need your help

By Barrett Golding on July 24, 2015 2 Comments Experiments
Typesetters

RJI Fellow Barrett Golding is developing new plugins for journalists. He'll be surveying the industry in August to document the digital workflow of journalists who use WordPress.

Preserving a visual record: The drive to create a born-digital photo archive at the Columbia Missourian, Part 1

By Edward McCain on July 23, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Photo CDs

As a digital curator of journalism, I have a tendency to ask people — laypeople and journalists — what types of content they’d like to see or retrieve from news archives. Consistently, photography comes up as one of the top answers.

Elements of brain-friendly design for news websites

By Alex Remington on July 20, 2015 0 Comments Research
Ebola

In what we believe to be one of the first research studies to demonstrate the impact of online news presentation, we have concrete empirical evidence supporting a simple but important hypothesis: better-designed stories are better for readers.

Innovation from within: Collab/Space NYC

By RJI on July 17, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Collab/Space NY 2015

How can established media and tech companies foster innovation from within large organizations? That was the focus of our second annual Collab/Space New York workshop this past Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

RJI links: Friday, July 17, 2015

By RJI on July 17, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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.

Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps: Part 3

By Tracy Clark on July 16, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
NewsRepublic

In the past five years about 20 serious players have emerged filling niche areas of this market. Here is part 3 of Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps in the market today.

Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps: Part 2

By Tracy Clark on July 15, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Google Play Newstand

In the past five years about 20 serious players have emerged filling niche areas of this market. Here is part 2 of Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps in the market today.

Futures Lab update #114: Television for social/mobile, and tools for managing contacts

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on July 15, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

Are two-minute videos the way to hook viewers? And what if you could easily access info for all your social connections in one place?

News startup survey: Revenue growth, capacity challenges

By Michele McLellan on July 14, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Marathoners

In the chaotic world of online news startups, I think it makes sense to take a long view. Whenever someone asks whether a big breakthrough is coming, I scratch my head. That's because progress at this time is so incremental, a marathon with no finish line in sight.

Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps: Is your go-to app on this list?

By Tracy Clark on July 13, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Blendle

The news customization market is still very early and fragmented yet extremely promising. In the past five years about 20 serious players have emerged filling niche areas of this market. Here is Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps in the market today.

RJI links: Friday, July 10, 2015

By RJI on July 10, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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.

Lessons learned and questions raised during the Potter Listening Tour, Part 2

By Walter B. Potter Jr. on July 10, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Newspaper stack

As an old hand in print newspapers, I was struck by the contrast between the often days-long reporting process I remember and the instantaneous production I strived for during the tour (I posted to Facebook and Twitter). I had to create my words almost at the same time I was recording the words of my subjects.

Lessons learned and questions raised during the Potter Listening Tour, Part 1

Newspaper stack

In 1987, I took over my family’s twice-weekly newspaper, which made me pay even more attention to stories about community journalism. One author didn’t think much of small-town newspapers. He dismissed them as “mere community bulletin boards.” I concluded the opposite.

Futures Lab update #113: Audience engagement help from CrowdTangle and Shindig

Do you know which stories are getting the most traction in social media? Or how audience members in an online event could talk to each other?

Structured journalism: Evaluating journalism beyond the news article

By David Caswell on July 1, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Structured journalism

Does the traditional news article still make sense as the primary unit of news in the age of the Internet and smartphone?

Futures Lab update #112: Digital story formats that add context and history

What if readers could navigate a single story in two directions at the same time? Or have today’s news connected to what happened in the past?

RJI links: Friday, June 26, 2015

By RJI on June 26, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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.