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'Losing a piece of you': The fragility of digital news archives

By RJI on October 23, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Tom Warhover

In this video, Tom Warhover, executive editor for innovation at the Columbia Missourian, discussed the devastating 2002 loss of more than 15 years worth of content at the Missourian. Archival specialists and journalists will address this problem for the news industry at "Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content."

Futures Lab update #80: New story metrics from API; and newsroom tracking tool Desk-Net

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 22, 2014 0 Comments Ideas

Do you know which story types get the most traffic on your site? Or how to keep track of stories across platforms?

RJI links: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

By RJI on October 17, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
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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 134: Podcasts rise again, this time with profits

By RJI on October 17, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 134

Podcasting is quickly becoming a breeding ground for inventive content creators and radio producers striking out on their own. The medium has ebbed and flowed in popularity and presumed viability since its creation, but is having a heyday as key figures from radio are crossing over, striking out on their own, and even making money.

Do journalists have an obligation to tell a source their story will be used in sponsored content?

By Jaci Smith on October 16, 2014 7 Comments Ideas
News/advertising

How do I identify myself to potential sources in reporting a story that would become sponsored content?

Brainstorm! What are future ways to fund news organizations?

By Steve Outing on October 15, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Brainstorm

As much as journalists may hate to hear this, news is not something that lots of people are willing to pay for. Advertising, meanwhile, continues to decline as a revenue source for news organizations, which are requiring more revenue streams to survive and must come up with new ones to add into the mix.

Futures Lab update #79: Ideas for using Vine and Snapchat

By Rachel Wise, Reuben Stern on October 15, 2014 0 Comments Ideas

How is Mashable generating revenue with 6-second videos? And how is The Washington Post using disappearing images to make people sound smarter?

Digital archives not as complete or long-lasting as they should be — or could be

By Marc Wilson on October 13, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Bill Haley

Today, digital archives and “computer-assisted journalism” are commonplace. Almost all stories, photos, videos and related news assets are now created digitally — so one might think electronic archives are universal. But it’s not necessarily so. Digital archives may not be as complete or long-lasting as they could/should be.

RJI links: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

By RJI on October 10, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

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.

Watch video of POY at the Newseum 2014

By Rick Shaw on October 10, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
POYi

The Newseum in Washington, D.C., hosted the 2014 Pictures of the Year exhibition that included more than 70 displayed photographs of selected winning images from the 71st annual competition.

Mediatwits 133: Ye olde email newsletter makes a comeback

By RJI on October 10, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 133

In an era of instant updates and constant streams of information, the email newsletter is making a comeback. Traditional media outlets such as The New York Times and Washington Post have created unique email offerings for their subscribers to appeal to niche interests.

Futures Lab update #78: Building brands and products at Vox Media

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 8, 2014 0 Comments Ideas

How is online publisher Vox Media combining technology, journalism and advertising to attract a mass audience?

Insights from the LMA Innovation Mission | LMA 2014

By Brian Steffens on October 8, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Local Media Association

One of the staples of recent annual meetings of the Local Media Association is Executive Director Nancy Lane’s highlights from the LMA Foundation Innovation Mission. Below are some insights and nuggets from last week’s LMA convention in Philadelphia.

Native advertising: New or old, good or bad? | LMA 2014

By Brian Steffens on October 7, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Local Media Association

Love it or hate it, native advertising seems to be the hot topic of 2014 for news organizations seeking new avenues of revenue to support journalism. So I was prepared to be very skeptical when Lewis DVorkin, chief product officer of Forbes Media, spoke about the radical changes at Forbes during the Local Media Association annual convention.

Can social media boost news consumption?

By Chad Martin on October 6, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Social media

You and I are bombarded by thousands of ideas and brand impressions every day. I’m specifically interested in social media and its power as an influencer: Can social media convince you to buy a specific brand of soda and read a newspaper series on the November elections?

Down-home Democracy: Why covering local elections is important and how small newspapers can do it well

By Scott Swafford on October 3, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Scott Swafford

Scott Swafford, 2013–2014 Reynolds Fellow, presented at the 2014 Missouri Press Association meeting on "Down-home Democracy: Why covering local elections is important and how small newspapers can do it well." Following are his notes for that presentation.

RJI links: Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

By RJI on October 3, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
RJI links

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 132: How Pinterest drives digital traffic, sales

By RJI on October 3, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 132

We’ve known for some time that the visual social network Pinterest has a knack for driving traffic to certain online glossy pubs. But now we’re learning just how influential Pinterest is in referral traffic and even e-commerce, just as the giant network starts selling Promoted Pins and a self-service version for smaller businesses.

Improv boosts innovation at Collab/Space Chicago

By RJI on October 2, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Kim Garretson

Previous Reynolds Fellows Kim Garretson and David Cohn spoke at Collab/Space Chicago. Garretson presented his startup-discovery website, Realizing Innovation, while Cohn delivered the keynote address.

Futures Lab update #77: Digital insights from the ONA14 conference in Chicago

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 1, 2014 0 Comments Ideas

What tech trends are likely to affect journalism in the coming years? And are you focusing enough on audience behaviors?