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Futures Lab update #39: The evolution of video storytelling

By Reuben Stern on December 10, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

What does effective video journalism look like in a world awash in smartphone-created footage?

Journalists more trustworthy than “most people?” Perhaps

By Chris Shipley on December 9, 2013 0 Comments
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Earlier this week, I wrote about the eroding trust consumers have in news media, both generally and for specific news brands. Americans’ “trust and confidence” in mass media is just 44 percent. That’s sobering news if you are a journalist trading on credibility. In context, though, 44 percent starts to look pretty good.

Mediatwits #104 Special: Crowdfunding the news, musicals, documentaries and more

By RJI on December 6, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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As traditional sources of funding for media become harder to come by, many digital media purveyors are turning to a new source: crowdfunding. The fundraising method has gained traction in a diverse cross-section of the industry, from musical productions to news magazines.

RJI links: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

By RJI on December 6, 2013 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.

The disruptive power of choice: Are too many options eroding credibility, relevance of news?

By Chris Shipley on December 5, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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Ample and ongoing research into the shifting habits of news consumers and the perceptions of credibility and trustworthiness of news sources identify significant changes in news consumer behavior over the past two decades. For a time at least, it seemed that the more news that was available to news consumers, the less that news was perceived as credible.

Futures Lab update #38: Newsroom architecture, online pay models and audience connection

By Reuben Stern on December 3, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

Is your newsroom designed for online success? And why did a pay model work at The New York Times?

RJI links: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

By RJI on November 29, 2013 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.

Futures Lab update #37: Apps and tips for mobile reporting

By Reuben Stern on November 26, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

What's the best way to use smartphones for reporting and video storytelling? And which mobile apps might help?

Talking about infographics at SND

By Trina Chiasson on November 25, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
What is an infographic?

"An effective infographic is the result of combining pictures with words," said Alberto Cairo, author of "The Functional Art," at the Society for News Design (SND) conference. Earlier this month, I took a trip to Louisville, Ky., to connect with journalists and designers who work hard to tell great visual stories.

RJI links: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

By RJI on November 22, 2013 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 #103: When traditional companies incubate, invest in startups

By RJI on November 22, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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From Hearst to Warner Bros., many media giants are opening their doors to startups, creating incubators within their companies to develop media startups, or starting venture arms to invest in them. Many of these startups focus on content and advertising for digital environments.

The tyranny of screen number one

By Stacey Woelfel on November 21, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
The tyranny of screen number one

Television has been the king of screens for generations, but patterns of so-called "second screen" consumption are beginning to challenge TV's reign. Perhaps our obsession with ordering our screens is the problem and is holding us back from the proper approach to content creation and delivery.

Futures Lab update #36: Data apps, news experiences, and the newscast format

By Reuben Stern on November 19, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

What kind of news experience are you offering your audience? And does it include interactive data apps?

RJI links: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

By RJI on November 15, 2013 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 #102: Finding the sweet spot in comment moderation

By RJI on November 15, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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Last week, the YouTube comments section got a facelift. Now, according to the YouTube announcement, commenters must link their accounts to Google+ profiles.

Newsrooms using Web metrics to evaluate staff, guide editorial decisions

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An increasing number of online newsrooms in the U.S. have started using Web metrics to determine if their editors and reporters are doing well, a survey of top editors has found.

"Votes and Quotes" author Pumarlo urges journalists to embrace local elections

By Scott Swafford on November 12, 2013 0 Comments

Jim Pumarlo believes it's a newspaper's responsibility to cover campaigns thoroughly so that readers can make informed decisions.

Futures Lab update #35: Using analytics in the newsroom

By Reuben Stern on November 12, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

What data should you be tracking if "page views" and "unique visitors" are not enough?

Truth Goggles update: Avoiding the impossible

By Daniel Schultz on November 11, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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Many moons ago, I started exploring the idea of a "credibility layer" that could help remind readers to think more carefully. The more I dug, the more I realized that accomplishing something like this would involve taking on three impossible tasks.

Mediatwits #101: Twitter goes to Wall Street; Omidyar and Greenwald’s new project

By RJI on November 8, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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We’re joined by media strategist Sarah Evans and Reuters’ Felix Salmon to discuss Twitter's initial public offering. In addition, we’ll talk about eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s new brainchild: a digital media outlet that has already attracted the talent of the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald and Dan Froomkin.