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#RJInnovation (2012): Social media and news gathering with Google+ hangouts

By RJI on April 23, 2012 2 Comments Blogs
RJInnovation Week

RJInnovation Week kicks off examining how various broadcast outlets use Google+ hangouts and other social media tools to enhance reporting, engagement with audience and branding.

MoJo: A resource for cititzen journalists

By RJI on April 18, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

Early on a Saturday morning, people gather around a green truck full of saplings. At the farmer’s market in northwest Columbia, the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway has begun, and 1,000 young trees are up for grabs. The rain may keep the numbers of visitors lower, but I’m still there with my MoJo kit and a rain jacket.

I pulled out my iPhone and went to work collecting b-roll and interviews with people picking up trees. Normally, rain and reporting together stress me out, trying to carry an umbrella AND all that extra equipment, but with just the little kit, the weather didn’t stop me and I got to get some closer shots, as well as blend in better.

Project 573: Re-imagining mental health care coverage

By RJI on April 18, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

We realized that people living with mental illness face a harsh reality. Stigma surrounds disorders and diminishing resources make help harder to find.

MoJo: Troubleshooting with equipment

By RJI on April 13, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

This blog post is going to be about the wonders of troubleshooting while using the Voddio app. Every single time I go out to report something new goes wrong. It seems inconvenient at the time but it’s really just training me to be a Voddio pro.

Reynolds Fellow, HCD Research partner to improve how digital news and advertising engages natural brain processes for better retention and understanding

By RJI on April 10, 2012 0 Comments News
Donald W. Reynolds Fellows, 2011-2012

RJI has partnered with HCD Research to conduct studies that will enable advertisers and publishers to design digital advertising campaigns and news media websites that are more effective at communicating their messages to their target audiences.

How MoJo performs at a performance

By RJI on April 3, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

A troupe of acrobats from China visited the University of Missouri’s Jesse Hall, March 22, 2012. The troupe, Golden Dragon Acrobats, wowed the audience with contortionists, human pyramids and other unbelievable acts. The most unbelievable act for me was that only one hour after the show had ended, I'd edited the entire video in my car, in a parking garage near the venue, Jesse Hall. Out of all the projects I’ve done thus far, I’d say I’m finally starting to get the hang of the equipment and software.

In Retrospect

By Peter Meng on March 30, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

Was participation in LAUNCH! worth it? Absolutely. And for a whole lot of reasons. Although we didn’t directly raise money at LAUNCH! It definitely jump started the whole process.

The Pitch

By Peter Meng on March 29, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

We only had a few hours of sleep Wednesday night and were up very early working on the final version of the demonstration and a functional version of the web site. We had to check-in to our presentation group by 10:30 AM. Over the two-day event there are eight sessions consisting of five to seven teams per session who each have about five minutes to demonstrate their product and ten minutes to take questions.

RJInnovation Week 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012 - Friday, April 27, 2012 Events
RJInnovation Week

Mark your calendars for this year's RJInnovation Week! Topics to be covered range from advertising to engagement to tablets.


By Peter Meng on March 26, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

Tuesday was a “free” day during which we worked on various aspects of the demonstration. It was also the evening of the Founder’s dinner, an event where the 40 “founders” had dinner with 40-50 angel and VC investors.

The Second Review

By Peter Meng on March 23, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

On the 2nd of March things were not looking promising. We were struggling with our software. Everyone was behind and some of the student team couldn’t take the pressure – or didn’t understand the importance. It was frustrating, Our demonstration was still rough and we had to do a lot of things to prepare unrelated to the core demo.

Vote for Paul Bolls to present at ONA12

By Brian Steffens on March 22, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
Online News Association

Help RJI make an impact at the Online News Association’s 2012 Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet.


By Peter Meng on March 21, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

In the startup world your business/fellowship/work/ideas frequently take a completely unanticipated, turn. If you don’t like surprises, or more importantly, don’t know what to do with them, don’t do a startup. Six or eight weeks ago (seems like a year) I received a note from LAUNCH! headquarters saying that they had reviewed our application and wanted to schedule a first interview to learn about adFreeq.

MoJo Kits: Best, Cheapest and In-Between

By RJI on March 14, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

Three weeks ago, we sent out a survey to 1500 Midwestern newsrooms with circulations between 50,000 and 100,000. So far, with nearly 80 responses, we’ve noticed one trend that I’d like to address: cost is the biggest barrier to using mobile phones in reporting.

The truth about mobile reporting for event coverage

By RJI on March 12, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
True/False Film Festival

The True/False Film Festival came to Columbia at the beginning of March. Sarah and I decided to use the many events as an opportunity to try out the cell phone reporting kit for the first time. Because we had just been trained this week, keeping the reporting as simple as possible was the first priority. Going out in the field any time, I prepare for the worst to happen; technology always seems to want to malfunction at the most inconvenient times. I was especially worried since even though I’ve had one training session, I did not have the opportunity to see what would cause confusion and ask how to fix those things.

Training on Vericorder’s Latest MOJO Tool

By RJI on March 12, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
Voddio, Vericorder’s video editing application for cell phones

Three minutes on an iPhone and Gary Symons, CEO of Vericorder, is well on his way to creating a full video package. Around the room, professors and students are a chorus of “That’s neat,” and “Cool!” and often, “Wait, what?”

Reynolds Fellow debuts social media classified ad platform at Silicon Valley Launch Festival

By RJI on March 8, 2012 2 Comments News

Peter Meng, 2011-2012 fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism has developed a digital classified ad platform that incorporates social media to help newspapers win back classified advertising from other online sources. It is estimated that recent digital disruption of conventional classified advertising has cost traditional news organizations billions in lost revenues. Meng believes is platform will create a new, steady stream of revenue for news operations.

New iPad will put more pressure on publishers to adapt

By Roger Fidler on March 7, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
The new iPad

As expected Apple has again raised the bar for competitors in the tablet market that the late Steve Jobs defined with the iPad. It also will put more pressure on publishers to make their iPad editions more compelling and visually rich.

adFreeq and LAUNCH!

By Peter Meng on March 7, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
Peter Meng, Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

I'm now officially allowed to share with you that our little journalism startup called adFreeq was selected along with 25 other startups from around the world to present tomorrow at the LAUNCH! conference in San Francisco.

Spying on the "Mind" Processing Media

By Paul Bolls on March 6, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

The growth of measurement tools for observing how people mentally process and respond to media content including online news websites is exploding!