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

The Bright Line: Here’s what didn’t happen today

By Tom Kent on November 4, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
The Bright Line

In the folklore of journalism, there’s always an honored place for the crusty editor with the courage to publish a controversial story. But as a top Associated Press editor (crusty himself) told me years ago: “What really takes courage is not to publish a story.”

Plus-size iPhone 6 makes reading long stories and watching videos on a smartphone more pleasurable

By Roger Fidler on October 31, 2014 0 Comments News
iPhone 6

After using an iPhone 6 Plus exclusively for a month, I’ve concluded that I can get along just fine without my Wi-Fi-only iPad mini in my daily routines. It won’t replace my iPad entirely, but I’ll be using it much less for news and timely information, such as weather updates, television listings and market data.

Green Shoots in Journalism Education

By RJI on October 31, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Green Shoots in Journalism Education

Videos from RJI's Green Shoots in Journalism Education, featuring highlights about Eric Newton's e-textbook "Searchlights and Sunglasses."

Mediatwits 136: Friend or foe? Facebook’s growing power in online news

By RJI on October 31, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 136

Last year, Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted Facebook to provide the “best personalized newspaper in the world.” No one really knew what that meant, but now Facebook clearly wields enormous power over what news content is read at various publications.

Futures Lab update #81: Al Jazeera’s AJ+ app and a collaboration around engagement

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 29, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How is AJ+ tailoring news for young mobile audiences? And how might engagement lead to more diverse news coverage?

RJI, Public Media partner again for annual student competition

By Mike McKean on October 29, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI, Public Media partner again for annual student competition

Some 30 Missouri journalism and engineering students turned out last week to help launch the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s eighth annual student developer competition. Partnering again this year with RJI are the nation’s five leading public media organizations: NPR, PBS, American Public Media, Public Radio International and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

By Alex Remington on October 29, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

I'm interested in how readers process and remember news stories, and I'd like to better understand how stories can be made more comprehensible and memorable. This means I need to study the brain. I’ve spent my first few weeks of The Washington Post’s Reynolds Fellowship trying to brush up on the basics of psychophysiology.

When media companies invest in news startups: A growing trend

By Nikki Usher on October 28, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Nikki Usher

There’s a new trend in our industry: Big media and tech companies are investing in news startups, pouring tons of money into all kinds of products such as aggregators, readers, content and social.

Native advertising for APG: What it is, what it isn’t and why your clients will want it

By Jaci Smith on October 27, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Jaci Smith

In the past year, native advertising has grown from a concept to a successful way to grow revenue for some of the largest media companies in the nation. At APG Media of Southern Minnesota, we have been working on implementing a native advertising program for a few months. We've been talking to our clients about what native is and how it can help them grow revenue and their brand.

Empathetic Media debuts Ferguson VR at ONA14

By Dan Archer on October 27, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Dan Archer

The Online News Association’s annual conference last month in Chicago was a who’s who of movers and shakers in the industry. One new addition to the reporter’s storytelling toolkit was virtual reality (VR), which can transform any home computer into a VR world that responds to the user’s head movements in real time.

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
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.

Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

By Mary Grigsby on October 24, 2014 4 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.

RJI links: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

By RJI on October 17, 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.

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 9 Comments Blogs
News/advertising

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