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RJI links: Friday, May 22, 2015

By RJI on May 22, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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 161: Facebook woos publishers with instant articles on mobile

By RJI on May 22, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 161

While publishers have been wary of giving up control, many signed up for the new Instant Articles feature on Facebook’s iOS app, helping load their content quickly instead of the usual 8-second delay. But all media watchers aren’t necessarily welcoming it with open arms.

For the love of print: Second ‘job’ pays the bills

Gallatin North Missourian 1866

For Darryl Wilkinson, running a community newspaper is a labor of love, like running a farm is a labor of love for many of his Northwest Missouri neighbors. “It’s my farm,” says the publisher of The North Missourian, a 1,400-paid-circulation weekly he and his wife Liz have run for more than three decades in Gallatin.

Futures Lab update #107: From smartphone to control room, and graphics in small places

What if everyone with a smartphone could feed into your newscast? And how do you create a graphics desk from scratch?

New RJI Fellow to develop suite of apps to help streamline workflow of community journalists

By Jennifer Nelson on May 19, 2015 0 Comments News
Barrett Golding

A 2015-2016 RJI Fellow wants to streamline the workflow in small- to mid-sized newsrooms by creating apps to assist journalists in their day-to-day tasks. These tasks could range from fact-checking and finding free images to creating immersive multimedia presentations and previewing mobile versions of their articles.

RJI links: Friday, May 15, 2015

By RJI on May 15, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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 160: Verizon buys AOL but is it really a deal?

By RJI on May 15, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 160

The big news this week, in case you haven’t heard, is the proposed merger between Verizon and AOL. Verizon is going to pay $4.4 billion to acquire all that is AOL — pending regulatory approval. If you want to understand why this deal is going through you need to take a look at AOL’s ad business.

Futures Lab update #106: Using push notifications and message encryption tools

What’s the best way to notify mobile users about new stories? And what’s an easy way to encrypt messages with confidential sources?

The Texas Tribune’s audience growth strategy is off to a measurably good start

By Tim Griggs on May 12, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Measurable growth

The discipline of “audience development” — or whatever you want to call it — is finally getting lots of attention among news organizations that realize reaching new audiences, and engaging with them, doesn’t always happen organically. It takes plenty of work.

Don’t count out print yet

Gasconade County Republican

An advertiser recently asked Gasconade County Republican Publisher Dennis Warden how he was doing. The inquirer’s tone indicated, “He thought newspapers aren’t too long for this world,” Warden recalled. Representing the third generation of his family to run the East Central Missouri weekly, Warden disagrees.

3 minute survey: Are news archives useful?

By Edward McCain on May 8, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
JDNA

Who thinks that the “first rough draft of history” is worth keeping? Is it historians, journalists, sociologists, economists, lawyers or genealogists? Do you use news archives for personal or professional reasons? Please take 5-10 minutes to help us find out who uses news content from small community and rural newspapers and how they access it.

RJI links: Friday, May 8, 2015

By RJI on May 8, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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 159: The NewFronts go legit, but will advertisers buy in?

By RJI on May 8, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 159

The NewFronts are the digital publishing world’s answer to the Upfronts. If you aren’t familiar with the Newfronts, they are an opportunity for publishers to pitch advertisers on the value of their audience and tech platform. In the past, they were treated as somewhat of a sideshow, but this year they threatened to outshine the main event.

Fearless focus on local news is Unterrified Democrat’s defense against future foes

The Unterrified Democrat

Jerrilynn S. Voss sees no reason to replace technology that’s working perfectly well until she needs to. Instead, the Unterrified Democrat puts its energy into its franchise: local news. Voss and Editor Neal A. Johnson focus intensely on covering news that affects and interests their more than 4,000 subscribers in Central Missouri’s Osage County.

RJI Fellow to explore storytelling potential of smartwatches

By Jennifer Nelson on May 6, 2015 0 Comments News
Victor Hernandez

The highly anticipated release of the Apple Watch last week has one new RJI Fellow intrigued by its potential for digital storytelling and engagement. News innovation strategist Victor Hernandez will spend eight months exploring the impact of wearable technology on newsrooms as a 2015-2016 nonresidential fellow at RJI.

Leadership and culture are linchpins of digital transformation in the newsroom

By Michele McLellan on May 6, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Michele McLellan

Little has proven more challenging for newspaper newsrooms than their transformation to digital news and information providers. It takes much more than learning new skills, although those are important. It’s a matter of re-engineering journalists’ attitudes and their relationships with news consumers, as well changing newsroom workflows and priorities.

Futures Lab update #105: Apps for collaborative mobile video and a follow-up button for Web stories

What happens when smartphone users start adding clips onto each other’s video footage? And how do you keep website readers coming back for more as a story unfolds?

AP general counsel urges lawmakers to strengthen FOIA

By Erin Madigan White on May 6, 2015 0 Comments News
Karen Kaiser

Associated Press General Counsel Karen Kaiser today urged lawmakers to enact bipartisan legislation now before the U.S. Senate to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act and make it work better.

Washington Missourian: Digital offerings growing faster than print

eMissourian

The Washington Missourian’s digital ventures have been evolutionary, picking up steam as the company gets further and further into the effort. Now the company has a presence on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. Most gratifying, the Missourian finds that revenue from these digital offerings is growing faster than print.

2015 RJI Tech Showcase videos now available

By RJI on May 5, 2015 0 Comments News
2015 RJI Tech Showcase

Each spring, the Reynolds Journalism Institute profiles the entrepreneurial efforts of students working on RJI initiatives and other class projects at the Missouri School of Journalism and for University of Missouri partners such as the Information Science and Architectural Studies programs.