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

The pressures of covering elections and endorsing candidates

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and Hank Waters, publisher emeritus of the Columbia Daily Tribune, spoke about the pressures of covering elections and endorsing candidates in small communities at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Campaign coverage from the candidates' perspective

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

A panel of current and previous candidates discuss newspaper campaign coverage from the candidates' perspective at Down-home Democracy, a local election coverage workshop hosted at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2014.

How photography and multimedia can breathe life into your election reporting

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Brian Kratzer

Brian Kratzer, director of photography at the Columbia Missourian, spoke about how photography and multimedia can breathe life into your election reporting at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Policy over politics

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Tom Warhover, executive editor for innovation at the Columbia Missourian, and Perry Parks, journalism instructor at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, speak about how to make election news engaging and relevant by involving citizens and focusing on issues at Down-home Democracy, a local election coverage workshop hosted at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2014.

Handling election-related letters to the editor

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Jim Pumarlo

Jim Pumarlo, consultant with Community Newspaper Success Strategies, speaks about how to handle election-related letters to the editor at Down-home Democracy, a local election coverage workshop hosted at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2014.

The Web as a tool for multimedia election reporting

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Brian Wheeler, executive editor at Charlottesville Tomorrow, spoke about the Web as a tool for multimedia election reporting and citizen engagement at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Election mapping

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Chad Day, investigative and projects reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, held a lab session on how to make interactive election maps for your website on the fly with no money, no time and no hassle. This seminar walked through the creation of an interactive, online election map from start to finish using Google Docs, Google Fusion tables and other free internet resources. The session also covered some best practices and tips for working with local governments to get timely election results in a format you can use.

Voter guides: A final but important opportunity to help voters make informed decisions

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Scott Swafford

Scott Swafford, 2013-2014 Reynolds Fellow, speaks about creating voters guides at Down-home Democracy, a local election coverage workshop hosted at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2014.

Election night: Reporting and making sense of the decisions voters make

By Scott Swafford on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Scott Swafford

Reynolds Fellow Scott Swafford spoke about how to cover election day and night at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Futures Lab update #46: NPR's connected car app, Project Thunderdome, and NewsGuru

By Reuben Stern on February 11, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How did NPR get its app onto the dashboard of GM's Internet-enabled cars? And how are things at Project Thunderdome?

An invitation to join the #CommonTags Community

By Chris Shipley on February 10, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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And if news journalism can harness that authority, the simple hashtag just might have the power to restore credibility to real-time news.

RJI links: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

By RJI on February 7, 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 #108: Can Facebook’s Paper app change the aggregation game?

By RJI on February 7, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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For Facebook’s tenth birthday, the social platform gave itself a new app: Paper. The app promises a revolution in the way that users interact with content.

Futures Lab update #45: Multi-camera mobile video, managing social content, and website push notifications

By Reuben Stern on February 4, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

What if anyone could combine video from multiple smartphones? And are there better ways to manage user-generated content?

PBS, Google launch student video contest with Reynolds Fellow’s platform

By Nate Brown on February 3, 2014 0 Comments News
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UPDATE: PBS has announced the winners of the year-in-review contest that used Meograph, a multimedia storytelling tool developed by Misha Leybovich, a 2013-2014 Reynolds Fellow.

Mediatwits #107: Washington Post goes on hiring spree after loss of Ezra Klein

By RJI on January 31, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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This week, the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein joined a growing group of big-name journalists leaving traditional news outlets for ones that promise to be at the edge of digital innovation.

RJI links: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

By RJI on January 31, 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.

If America gets its news from Facebook, information obesity can’t be far behind

By Chris Shipley on January 29, 2014 1 Comment Blogs

Which is to say that as American turn away from stuffy old news media, they are gorging themselves on junk news in a social media machine that then propagates empty-calorie stories, promoting them above the nutritional information so important for a healthy democracy.

Futures Lab update #44: Accelerating media startups at Matter, and mobile innovation from Adobe

By Reuben Stern on January 28, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

What does it take to bring innovative media ideas to market? And how is Adobe looking ahead to the mobile future?

Mediatwits #106: Twitter storm over Grantland story about transgender golf club inventor

By RJI on January 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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Last week, ESPN’s Grantland published a story by Caleb Hannan called “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” a piece that on its face looked into the ambitious claims of Essay Anne Vanderbilt (a.k.a. Dr. V), the inventor of a golf putter called Yar.