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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!

Coming Soon: New MOJO Tricks and Tips from RJI

By RJI on February 24, 2012 1 Comment Blogs

2011 was a big year for breaking news. Concurrently, it was yet another year of fewer resources, fewer journalists and smaller budgets. One potential way to cope with this is mobile journalism (MoJo).

Although industry professionals have been talking about MoJo for years, the current climate may be it’s time to break through in mainstream media. It gives greater freedom to newsrooms at every level; the technology is better, it’s more compact and often it’s affordable. Year by year, MoJo is granting more flexibility in the field of news.

MU Engages Students, Community with New High-Tech Interactive Game

By RJI on February 15, 2012 0 Comments News

This week, the University of Missouri begins a one-of-a-kind technology-based online game that will engage students and community members in a new way. The game, called REBOOT Mizzou, will last for 10 weeks, from Feb. 12 to April 22. Like a traditional scavenger hunt, Reboot players will complete multiple missions and visit assigned locations.

Working hard to make news sites friendly so your brain doesn’t have to

By Paul Bolls on February 8, 2012 4 Comments Blogs

After the great response from readers, we decided to address some of the issues that we believe will lead to more brain friendly journalism.

The Reynolds Journalism Institute hosts the 69th annual POYi contest

By Rick Shaw on February 3, 2012 0 Comments News
Pictures of the Year International (POYi)

Pictures of the Year International launches three consecutive weeks of judging the world’s most prestigious visual journalism, documentary photography, and journalistic multimedia. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute welcomes 17 of the most respected visual journalists in the world to serve on the 69th annual jury panel. Judging will be webcast live from the Fred W. Smith Forum through Feb. 28. The Adobe Connect dedicated site can be accessed from the POYi website at

RJI links 1.27.12

By Brian Steffens on January 27, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
RJI links

News and commentary of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs

100 days and a lesson: There IS a business model for local news

By Janet Coats on January 26, 2012 4 Comments Blogs

I’ve heard it over and over and over again: There’s no financial model for intensely local news.

The group of 12 independent community news publishers we’ve been working with at The Patterson Foundation are demonstrating just how untrue that particular little truism is. And I want to say that it has been nothing short of thrilling to watch these publishers succeed.

Let me back up a step and bring the rest of you up to speed.

RJI public radio collaboration extends conversation across platforms as part of live remote news coverage

By Reuben Stern on January 19, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

Immediately following a live broadcast of the Missouri governor’s annual State of the State address on Jan. 17, the RJI Futures Lab, in collaboration with the news staff at NPR-affiliate station KBIA/91.3 FM, engaged the mid-Missouri public radio audience in a live multi-platform discussion right from the rotunda at the State Capitol.

With a big year ahead, stopping to reflect on what we’ve learned

By Janet Coats on January 18, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

The holidays ate this blog.

That is the only reason I could come up with to explain why I’ve been away so long. I had promised I’d get back to this right after Christmas. Which became right after New Year’s. Which became as soon as the first week of January is behind me and I’ve made a dent in the mound of work that went undone during the holidays.

So here it is, with January almost gone before I finally made my return.

The last year was an eventful, fruitful, sometimes frustrating, always exhilarating one for me in my work with the New Media Journalism Initiative. In the last few months of 2011, we really gained momentum as projects with the Journalism Accelerator and the Block by Block network of community news publishers began to gain steam. We’ve gone from thinking-planning-testing to fully operational in our work, and I see exciting things ahead for this year.