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Understanding the digital subscriber and adjusting strategies to serve them

By Elizabeth Conner Stephens on August 1, 2014 0 Comments
Digital news

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

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

By Monica Kwasnik on August 1, 2014 0 Comments
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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.

RJI links: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

By RJI on August 1, 2014 0 Comments
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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.

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

By Reuben Stern on July 29, 2014 0 Comments Ideas

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: Friday, July 25, 2014

By RJI on July 25, 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.

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

Bimal Balakrishnan

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.

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

By Joy Mayer on July 24, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Metrics

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

By Reuben Stern on July 22, 2014 0 Comments Ideas

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

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

By Kelsey Proud on July 22, 2014 0 Comments Experiments
Kelsey Proud

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.

Collab/Space NYC: Helping intrapreneurial projects succeed

By Paul Biba on July 21, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Collab/Space

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.

RJI links: Friday, July 18, 2014

By RJI on July 18, 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.

Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists

By Craig Silverman on July 17, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Truth Goggles

When Dan Schultz first described Truth Goggles close to three years go, he deemed it a “magic button” that could tell you “what is true and what is false on the website you are viewing.”

Prose, graphs or video? Can science tell us the best way to tell a story?

By Alex Remington on July 17, 2014 0 Comments
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Alex Remington and The Washington Post will study how news organizations can display and package stories to best serve their readers.

Saving the news: When your server crashes, you could lose decades of digital news content — forever

By Edward McCain on July 16, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
JDNA

Newly released survey information from the Journalism Digital News Archive initiative of RJI confirms that news libraries are highly prized by news organizations for the value they bring for producing quality journalism.

Can native advertising succeed in small news operations?

By Jaci Smith on July 15, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Jaci Smith

When I read about some really interesting, disruptive innovation happening at The New York Times or The Washington Post or even smaller community papers, I tend to shake my head and wistfully note “if only we had the resources.” We can’t afford to think like that any more — really, no one in our business can.

Futures Lab update #67: News tailored for younger audiences

By Reuben Stern on July 15, 2014 0 Comments Ideas

What does it take to get young people interested in serious news? And is it really true that they're not interested already?

Tips for using Google Glass as a reporting tool

By RJI on July 14, 2014 0 Comments Experiments
Google Glass

Can Google Glass be an effective tool for journalists? This is the question a team of students at the Missouri School of Journalism explored last spring as they test-drove the wearable technology throughout a capstone class.

RJI links: Sunday, July 13, 2014

By RJI on July 13, 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.

How the Texas Tribune wants to hack its way to audience growth

By Tim Griggs on July 7, 2014 1 Comment Ideas
Audience

The Texas Tribune has been an extraordinary success story by almost any measure. It’s seen as one of the poster children for success in the era of nonprofit news. It’s proving that sustainability, and even outright growth, is possible for serious news organizations.

RJI links: Sunday, July 6, 2014

By RJI on July 7, 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.