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Mediatwits #97: Investigative reporting and the government shutdown in the age of social media

By RJI on October 4, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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Investigative reporting is expensive, time-consuming and arduous — much more so than rapid-fire articles that follow the daily breaking news mill. But if the journalism industry is already struggling to pay its bills, what is the future of in-depth, watchdog reporting?

Garretson: Real_Inno RJI research: Connecting startup ecosystems to enterprises seeking innovation

By Kim Garretson on October 1, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
Kim Garretson

A member of the first class of non-resident fellows at RJI, my research will focus on connecting early-stage companies with the research capabilities of the institute.

Futures Lab update #29: Curating social media and adopting a startup mentality

By Reuben Stern on October 1, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

How can newsrooms turn social media fragments into community journalism? And are you thinking enough like a startup?

RJI links: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

By RJI on September 27, 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.

Missouri towns' elected officials recognize need for better election coverage

By Scott Swafford on September 25, 2013 2 Comments Ideas
Scott Swafford

Those who run for public office in small communities say their local newspapers could do a far better job of engaging and informing their readers.

"The Practice of Journalism: Privacy, security and the First Amendment"

By RJI on September 25, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
"The Practice of Journalism: Privacy, security and the First Amendment"

The First Amendment was created to protect the free flow of information to citizens. Journalists serve as a proxy for the public. What are the flash points and decision trees we must wrestle with regarding the essential issues of privacy, national security and the definition of a member of the press?

LMA 2013: Print and digital are hard work; use the wind at your back

By Brian Steffens on September 25, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
LMA 2013: Print and digital are hard work; use the wind at your back

“Revenue” was all the talk at last week’s Local Media Association annual publishers conference, as well it should be for publishers. But the buzz moved beyond print and pay models to alternative non-news revenue opportunities.

Paying attention to the shield law’s critics

By Eric Newton on September 24, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
Eric Newton

When a Senate committee this month approved the “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013,” applause was heard from scores of media shield law supporters. Yet magazine websites told a different story, one of a flawed law with holes that worry “even some supporters.” Shouldn’t the critics get more attention in the mainstream coverage?

Futures Lab update #28: Hyperlocal profitability, national ads, and learning from startups

By Reuben Stern on September 24, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

Are hyperlocal sites a business model that works? And how could local news sites attract more national advertisers?

RJI links: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

By RJI on September 20, 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 Five-Year Reset: The industry buzz, then and now

By RJI on September 20, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
The Five-Year Reset: The industry buzz, then and now

Randy Picht and Edson Tandoc presented on what journalism was thinking about five years ago when RJI first opened its doors and what we're thinking about those topics now in 2013.

Mediatwits #95: Hate speech and Miss America: Where do publishers draw the line?

By RJI on September 20, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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In the digital age, speed is key. So when an event is unfolding – say, the crowning of the new Miss America, or a mass shooting in the capital – online communities respond almost instantaneously. The media is never too far behind, often feeding off social media.

The View from CoMo: On disruption and the act of journalism

By Chris Shipley on September 18, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
Broken glass Photo: Eric Schmuttenmaer/Flickr

For nearly 30 years, I have documented what my friend Mark Zawaki calls the “disruption business.” In Mark’s thesis, startups and Silicon Valley are not about innovation so much as they are about disruption.

Futures Lab update #27: Looking forward with a Yahoo executive, and the well-funded news startup Ozy

By Reuben Stern on September 17, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

Will Internet giants like Yahoo dominate the future of news? Or will it be news-related startups like Ozy?

Ozyism #1: Super differentiated and tasty

By Brian Steffens on September 17, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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Updated Sept. 17, 2013: Some of the many inspiring things about the Reynolds Journalism institute are meeting new people, exposure to their work and their enthusiasm for that work, and sharing all that with others in our circles of friends, colleagues and fellow travelers. It’s a vibrant outcome from RJI’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.

RJI links: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

By RJI on September 13, 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 #94: How Riptide sunk legacy media; Ugly sexism at Disrupt, Business Insider

By RJI on September 13, 2013 0 Comments Ideas
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This was not a stellar week for the tech media world. The Riptide project was an in-depth look by news pioneers at early efforts by traditional media to adapt to the rising tide of disruption — and how they failed.

Futures Lab update #26: Online subscription models and automated journalism

By Reuben Stern on September 10, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

Are online paywalls generating significant revenue? And what happens when computers write news stories?

RJI links: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

By RJI on September 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.

Futures Lab update #25: User-friendly video apps and WBEZ's Curious City

By Reuben Stern on September 3, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

How should video be displayed in your mobile app? And what if audience members came along with you during the reporting process?