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RJI searches for the great ideas for tomorrow's journalism from citizens, journalists, scholars and technology innovators.

News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

By Nikki Usher on October 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

For years, the drumbeat among venture capitalists has been that content is expensive and is not worth their investment. But we’ve seen a turnaround, and the question is, why now? The answer may simply be optimism.

RJI links: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

By RJI on October 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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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.

Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

By Mary Grigsby on October 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

I’m conducting research interviews to better understand media use motivations and preferences of 18- to 29-year-old careerists. Nine interviews in and I’m observing an interesting and unanticipated pattern from the data.

'Losing a piece of you': The fragility of digital news archives

By RJI on October 23, 2014 1 Comment Blogs
Tom Warhover

In this video, Tom Warhover, executive editor for innovation at the Columbia Missourian, discussed the devastating 2002 loss of more than 15 years worth of content at the Missourian. Archival specialists and journalists will address this problem for the news industry at "Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content."

Registration now open for Journalism interactive 2015

By RJI on October 23, 2014 0 Comments News
Journalism Interactive

Registration for Journalism interactive 2015 is now open. The Missouri School of Journalism and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute will host this conference on journalism education and digital media on April 24-25, 2015, in Columbia, Missouri.

Futures Lab update #80: New story metrics from API; and newsroom tracking tool Desk-Net

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 22, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Do you know which story types get the most traffic on your site? Or how to keep track of stories across platforms?

Apply for National Community and News Literacy Roundtables project manager

Source ASNE on October 21, 2014 0 Comments News
ASNE

The National Community and News Literacy Roundtables project, administered by the American Society of News Editors in partnership with the News Literacy Project and the American Press Institute, funded in part by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is looking for an innovative, energetic project manager dedicated to the cause of helping Americans become more news literate.

The bottom line: Can Twitter make any money for newspapers?

By Alecia Swasy on October 20, 2014 0 Comments News
A little birdie told me 5

Twitter has proved to be a valuable tool for journalists searching for information, but turning social media efforts into real revenues is still elusive for most newspapers. Nonetheless, publishers and owners are willing to invest the time and experiment because they see progress and longer-term payoffs.

RJI links: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

By RJI on October 17, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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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 134: Podcasts rise again, this time with profits

By RJI on October 17, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 134

Podcasting is quickly becoming a breeding ground for inventive content creators and radio producers striking out on their own. The medium has ebbed and flowed in popularity and presumed viability since its creation, but is having a heyday as key figures from radio are crossing over, striking out on their own, and even making money.

Do journalists have an obligation to tell a source their story will be used in sponsored content?

By Jaci Smith on October 16, 2014 8 Comments Blogs
News/advertising

How do I identify myself to potential sources in reporting a story that would become sponsored content?

Brainstorm! What are future ways to fund news organizations?

By Steve Outing on October 15, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Brainstorm

As much as journalists may hate to hear this, news is not something that lots of people are willing to pay for. Advertising, meanwhile, continues to decline as a revenue source for news organizations, which are requiring more revenue streams to survive and must come up with new ones to add into the mix.

Twitter survey finds journalists may have more leeway to insert some humor, opinion into local news tweets

By Jennifer Nelson on October 15, 2014 0 Comments News
Twitter bird

When it comes to local news, journalists may have more freedom to interject some opinion into tweets, according to a recent survey of residents in two major U.S. metropolitan areas. However, survey participants indicated that they preferred objective or impartial tweets about national news.

Futures Lab update #79: Ideas for using Vine and Snapchat

By Rachel Wise, Reuben Stern on October 15, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How is Mashable generating revenue with 6-second videos? And how is The Washington Post using disappearing images to make people sound smarter?

Who let the marketing folks into the newsroom?

By Alecia Swasy on October 13, 2014 0 Comments News
Who let the marketing folks into the newsroom?

The changing world of journalism has forced reporters and editors to get more comfortable with different roles, which can include cooperating more with advertising and marketing departments. Twitter is now one of the fastest-growing news distribution channels.

Digital archives not as complete or long-lasting as they should be — or could be

By Marc Wilson on October 13, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Bill Haley

Today, digital archives and “computer-assisted journalism” are commonplace. Almost all stories, photos, videos and related news assets are now created digitally — so one might think electronic archives are universal. But it’s not necessarily so. Digital archives may not be as complete or long-lasting as they could/should be.

RJI links: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

By RJI on October 10, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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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.

Watch video of POY at the Newseum 2014

By Rick Shaw on October 10, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
POYi

The Newseum in Washington, D.C., hosted the 2014 Pictures of the Year exhibition that included more than 70 displayed photographs of selected winning images from the 71st annual competition.

Mediatwits 133: Ye olde email newsletter makes a comeback

By RJI on October 10, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 133

In an era of instant updates and constant streams of information, the email newsletter is making a comeback. Traditional media outlets such as The New York Times and Washington Post have created unique email offerings for their subscribers to appeal to niche interests.

Twitter gives journalists freedom to experiment with new story formats (and rap a song or two)

By Alecia Swasy on October 9, 2014 0 Comments News
Twitter gives journalists freedom to experiment with new story formats (and rap

Journalists are using Twitter for more than promoting their work or finding sources. They are bending the professional norms about how to cover the news and tell stories.