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

Community uses social media, surveys to provide input to TV station for special news segment

By Sarah Strasburg on November 24, 2014 0 Comments News
Kent Collins

A Missouri TV station recently launched a news segment called “Town Square” that taps local residents for input on important community issues via surveys and social media. Bullying was the topic of the first “Town Square” on KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate owned and operated by the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia.

RJI links: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

By RJI on November 22, 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 138: Streaming music rising: Spotify, YouTube, Beats, Pandora

By RJI on November 21, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 138

When Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify this month many people were surprised. Swift said she wasn’t willing to contribute to streaming services like Spotify that don’t “fairly compensate the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music.” But streaming is becoming increasingly important as tech giants such as Apple/Beats and Google/YouTube roll out their own services.

$1 million gift to MU to support community journalism

By RJI on November 19, 2014 0 Comments News
Walter B. Potter Sr. Conferences

Walter B. Potter Jr. has committed $1 million to the University of Missouri School of Journalism to supplement the Walter B. Potter Fund for Innovation in Local Journalism, established in 2010. The endowment supports teaching and research centered on journalism that serves small communities, such as towns in rural areas or individual neighborhoods in larger urban areas.

Futures Lab update #84: Engagement using text messages, and corrections via social media

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on November 19, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Could text messaging be a good way to engage communities? And how do you handle mistakes sent out on Twitter?

Reynolds Fellow’s immersive re-creation of Ferguson shooting scene will debut at Rise Up conference

By Jennifer Nelson on November 18, 2014 0 Comments News
Reynolds Fellow’s immersive re-creation of Ferguson shooting scene will debut at

A virtual, interactive re-creation of the scene where Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri, will debut November 19 at Fusion's Rise Up conference. Dan Archer, a graphics journalist and 2014-2015 Reynolds Fellow, created “Shot Down in the Show-Me State.”

The four main types of news startups

By Nikki Usher on November 17, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
The four main types of news startups

There are so many new startups that it becomes difficult to get a handle on the actual new companies being launched and what they hope to do. All are attracting investment — albeit for what I think are different reasons.

RJI links: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

By RJI on November 14, 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.

StoryTracker archives, analyzes ever-evolving news home pages

By Jennifer Nelson on November 14, 2014 0 Comments News
Storytracker

Unlike static print newspapers, online news pages constantly change as breaking news happens, which raises questions about how to adequately archive, preserve and capture story packages as they appear on a home page. This led Ben Welsh, database producer at the Los Angeles Times, to look for a possible solution. He created StoryTracker.

Mediatwits 137: What’s the long-term business model for long-form journalism?

By RJI on November 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 137

Long-form journalism is seeing something of a resurgence on the web. While many people believe digital media has pushed people toward short, bite-sized listicles, deeper stories continue to resonate when they hit the right audience.

Applying ‘Yes, and…’ improv rule to open data projects at Collab/Space DC

By RJI on November 12, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Washington Post

On Nov. 6, PBS MediaShift convened a group of media technologists and entrepreneurs to apply the “Yes, and…” rule to media innovation at Collab/Space DC at the Washington Post. This was the fifth Collab/Space event hosted by MediaShift and the second such event sponsored by RJI.

Futures Lab update #83: Pushing forward with long-form, interactive multimedia

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on November 12, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How are documentary video and online technology being combined to give audiences a new kind of journalistic experience?

Videos from Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content

By RJI on November 10, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
JDNA

Videos from "Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content," held at RJI on Nov. 10–11, 2014.

Job opening: ASNE executive director

By RJI on November 10, 2014 0 Comments News
ASNE

The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) seeks an energetic, thoughtful, well-organized executive director who can work with top leaders of U.S. news organizations at both the local and national levels. Apply by Jan. 9 to ASNE President Chris Peck at asne@asne.org.

RJI links: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

By RJI on November 7, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
RJI links

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.

Nine innovative ways educators and students are transforming journalism education

By Jennifer Nelson on November 7, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Nine innovative ways educators and students are transforming journalism educatio

Transforming journalism education may seem like a daunting task — thanks to continual changes in the industry and dwindling college budgets — but teachers and professors are finding ways to equip the next generation of journalists with new technologies, strategies and ideas.

Ignoring investments in local news startups makes no sense

By Nikki Usher on November 7, 2014 3 Comments Blogs
Ignoring investments in local news startups makes no sense

As part of my Reynolds Fellowship, RJI has asked me to write about lessons learned in the successes and failures of news startups. If there’s one resounding failure, it’s been the inability of local news startups to attract any sufficient backing for their efforts.

MobileVideoDIY giving away 10 free mobile gear bags to student journalism programs

By RJI on November 6, 2014 0 Comments News
Video gear

To celebrate the launch of its website and help teachers and student journalists get started, MobileVideoDIY is giving away 10 mobile gear bags to secondary-school classrooms. Each bag contains a microphone, pre-amp, cord, tripod and mount. Any secondary school can enter for a chance to win at MobileVideoDIY.com.

Realizing Innovation: Matchmaker to the startups

By Kim Garretson on November 5, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Realizing Innovation

Kim Garretson and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute recently launched a pilot website — RealizingInnovation.net — that will help news organizations, agencies and marketers discover and experiment with digital innovations from startups.

RJI Futures Lab update #82: Mining online data with Vocativ, Banjo and Zapaday

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on November 5, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How are software tools helping news organizations spot stories happening in real-time, as well as in the future?