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RJI links: Friday, May 22, 2015

By RJI on May 22, 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.

Mediatwits 161: Facebook woos publishers with instant articles on mobile

By RJI on May 22, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 161

While publishers have been wary of giving up control, many signed up for the new Instant Articles feature on Facebook’s iOS app, helping load their content quickly instead of the usual 8-second delay. But all media watchers aren’t necessarily welcoming it with open arms.

For the love of print: Second ‘job’ pays the bills

Gallatin North Missourian 1866

For Darryl Wilkinson, running a community newspaper is a labor of love, like running a farm is a labor of love for many of his Northwest Missouri neighbors. “It’s my farm,” says the publisher of The North Missourian, a 1,400-paid-circulation weekly he and his wife Liz have run for more than three decades in Gallatin.

Futures Lab update #107: From smartphone to control room, and graphics in small places

What if everyone with a smartphone could feed into your newscast? And how do you create a graphics desk from scratch?

RJI links: Friday, May 15, 2015

By RJI on May 15, 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.

Mediatwits 160: Verizon buys AOL but is it really a deal?

By RJI on May 15, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 160

The big news this week, in case you haven’t heard, is the proposed merger between Verizon and AOL. Verizon is going to pay $4.4 billion to acquire all that is AOL — pending regulatory approval. If you want to understand why this deal is going through you need to take a look at AOL’s ad business.

Futures Lab update #106: Using push notifications and message encryption tools

What’s the best way to notify mobile users about new stories? And what’s an easy way to encrypt messages with confidential sources?

The Texas Tribune’s audience growth strategy is off to a measurably good start

By Tim Griggs on May 12, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Measurable growth

The discipline of “audience development” — or whatever you want to call it — is finally getting lots of attention among news organizations that realize reaching new audiences, and engaging with them, doesn’t always happen organically. It takes plenty of work.

Don’t count out print yet

Gasconade County Republican

An advertiser recently asked Gasconade County Republican Publisher Dennis Warden how he was doing. The inquirer’s tone indicated, “He thought newspapers aren’t too long for this world,” Warden recalled. Representing the third generation of his family to run the East Central Missouri weekly, Warden disagrees.

RJI links: Friday, May 8, 2015

By RJI on May 8, 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.

Mediatwits 159: The NewFronts go legit, but will advertisers buy in?

By RJI on May 8, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
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The NewFronts are the digital publishing world’s answer to the Upfronts. If you aren’t familiar with the Newfronts, they are an opportunity for publishers to pitch advertisers on the value of their audience and tech platform. In the past, they were treated as somewhat of a sideshow, but this year they threatened to outshine the main event.

Fearless focus on local news is Unterrified Democrat’s defense against future foes

The Unterrified Democrat

Jerrilynn S. Voss sees no reason to replace technology that’s working perfectly well until she needs to. Instead, the Unterrified Democrat puts its energy into its franchise: local news. Voss and Editor Neal A. Johnson focus intensely on covering news that affects and interests their more than 4,000 subscribers in Central Missouri’s Osage County.

Leadership and culture are linchpins of digital transformation in the newsroom

By Michele McLellan on May 6, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Michele McLellan

Little has proven more challenging for newspaper newsrooms than their transformation to digital news and information providers. It takes much more than learning new skills, although those are important. It’s a matter of re-engineering journalists’ attitudes and their relationships with news consumers, as well changing newsroom workflows and priorities.

Futures Lab update #105: Apps for collaborative mobile video and a follow-up button for Web stories

What happens when smartphone users start adding clips onto each other’s video footage? And how do you keep website readers coming back for more as a story unfolds?

Washington Missourian: Digital offerings growing faster than print

eMissourian

The Washington Missourian’s digital ventures have been evolutionary, picking up steam as the company gets further and further into the effort. Now the company has a presence on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. Most gratifying, the Missourian finds that revenue from these digital offerings is growing faster than print.

Washington Missourian: Print or be printed

Bill Miller Sr., Washington Missourian press check

I did a “press check” with Washington Missourian Publisher Bill Miller Sr. and General Manager Bill Miller Jr. and it brought back decades-old memories to this old newspaper guy. But the technology involved in the Missourian’s printing process is very 21st century.

Washington Missourian: Striving to survive in print and online

Washington Missourian analytics

When it comes to applying technology to improve their business, leaders of the Washington Missourian take a best of both worlds approach. The twice-weekly paper in Eastern Missouri has pushed into nearly every new digital communication method — from a website to Twitter to Pinterest.

RJI links: Friday, May 1, 2015

By RJI on May 1, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
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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.

Mediatwits 158: State of the news media: Mobile rules, podcasts rising

By RJI on May 1, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
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Our news consumption is becoming increasingly mobile according to Pew’s annual State of The News Media report. Americans are now turning to their phones and tablets to catch up on the news.

The Odessan keeps an eye on digital, but depends on print

By Walter B. Potter Jr. on April 30, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Walt B. Potter Jr.

When she was a girl, Betty Spaar slept on newsprint. Today, Betty is the owner of The Odessan, a weekly paper in Lafayette County, Missouri. She represents the middle generation of five in her family that toil in the printing and newspaper businesses.