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

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 1 Comment 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
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.

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.

Futures Lab update #78: Building brands and products at Vox Media

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 8, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How is online publisher Vox Media combining technology, journalism and advertising to attract a mass audience?

Power Capital: Missouri Alumni Examine Media and Politics in Washington

By RJI on October 8, 2014 0 Comments News
The 2014 Curtis B. Hurley Symposium

Secrecy, partisanship and technology are disrupting the channels of communication among citizens, journalists and the government. Missouri alumni leaders discussed top issues in media and policy in Washington at the 2014 Curtis B. Hurley Symposium was held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Power to the people with stories to tell

By RJI on October 8, 2014 0 Comments News
digiSTORY 2014

Digital storytelling is transforming how we hear, see and share personal, professional and community stories. At digiSTORY2014: The Power of Digital Storytelling Conference, leaders in social media, technology trends, entertainment and media production will speak about their experiences and help equip you as a digital storyteller.

Q&A with Jim Bankoff: Building collaboration, technology and products at Vox Media

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 8, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

"In our company we try to have three seats at the table that incorporates the people who are the storytellers, the people who have to make money to support the organization and then the people who are technologists and product innovators. It's really the synthesis and the harmony that defines our culture."

Insights from the LMA Innovation Mission | LMA 2014

By Brian Steffens on October 8, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Local Media Association

One of the staples of recent annual meetings of the Local Media Association is Executive Director Nancy Lane’s highlights from the LMA Foundation Innovation Mission. Below are some insights and nuggets from last week’s LMA convention in Philadelphia.

Native advertising: New or old, good or bad? | LMA 2014

By Brian Steffens on October 7, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Local Media Association

Love it or hate it, native advertising seems to be the hot topic of 2014 for news organizations seeking new avenues of revenue to support journalism. So I was prepared to be very skeptical when Lewis DVorkin, chief product officer of Forbes Media, spoke about the radical changes at Forbes during the Local Media Association annual convention.

What’s hot (or not) from ONA 14

By Brian Steffens on October 6, 2014 0 Comments News
ONA 2014

Perhaps the biggest buzz at this year’s ONA convention was Gannett and its Des Moines Register’s “Harvest of Change” series of stories that capitalized on interactive viewing using the Oculus VR headset.

Can social media boost news consumption?

By Chad Martin on October 6, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Social media

You and I are bombarded by thousands of ideas and brand impressions every day. I’m specifically interested in social media and its power as an influencer: Can social media convince you to buy a specific brand of soda and read a newspaper series on the November elections?

Reporters build brand, visibility and job opportunities with Twitter

By Alecia Swasy on October 3, 2014 1 Comment News
Birdie 2

Some journalists need a nudge to try Twitter, as they dismissed it as a place where people posted pictures of their dinner. But most journalists get hooked once they see how Twitter can help expand their source list, increase their visibility and even help them land freelance gigs or better jobs.

Down-home Democracy: Why covering local elections is important and how small newspapers can do it well

By Scott Swafford on October 3, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Scott Swafford

Scott Swafford, 2013–2014 Reynolds Fellow, presented at the 2014 Missouri Press Association meeting on "Down-home Democracy: Why covering local elections is important and how small newspapers can do it well." Following are his notes for that presentation.

RJI links: Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

By RJI on October 3, 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 132: How Pinterest drives digital traffic, sales

By RJI on October 3, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 132

We’ve known for some time that the visual social network Pinterest has a knack for driving traffic to certain online glossy pubs. But now we’re learning just how influential Pinterest is in referral traffic and even e-commerce, just as the giant network starts selling Promoted Pins and a self-service version for smaller businesses.

Improv boosts innovation at Collab/Space Chicago

By RJI on October 2, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Kim Garretson

Previous Reynolds Fellows Kim Garretson and David Cohn spoke at Collab/Space Chicago. Garretson presented his startup-discovery website, Realizing Innovation, while Cohn delivered the keynote address.

Futures Lab update #77: Digital insights from the ONA14 conference in Chicago

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 1, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

What tech trends are likely to affect journalism in the coming years? And are you focusing enough on audience behaviors?