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

RJI Futures Lab update #86: Ideas for election night and other breaking news

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on December 10, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How did USA Today use Yo to deliver voting results? And how are other social platforms contributing to news coverage?

RJI links: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

By RJI on December 5, 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 139: Finding work-life balance with technology in the ‘new slow city’

By RJI on December 5, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 139

Laptops, tablets and cellphones have made working on-the-go that much easier. Sometimes bringing all of your devices with you can feel like a necessity even after you clock out. You’re not the only one who’s felt like technology has helped work encroach on personal time.

Student journalists gain skills, boost community

By RJI on December 4, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Rookie reporters

High school journalism students are gaining real-world communications skills and boosting local news content in a pilot program that could grow to other communities. Sedalia School District 200, the Sedalia Democrat and RJI have joined forces for Rookie Reporters.

Swafford: Voter guides present opportunities to draw readers into election coverage

By Jennifer Nelson on December 4, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Scott Swafford

Voter guides may be a key way to attract readers and election-related advertising dollars to local election coverage, said Scott Swafford, senior city editor of the Columbia Missourian.

Q&A with Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile: What publishers should be measuring

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on December 4, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

"We shouldn't be optimizing for people’s index fingers, we should be optimizing for their minds."

Futures Lab update #85: The future of audience analytics

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on December 4, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

What kind of metrics should a newsroom be measuring now and in the future?

11 ways to get your news startup funded

By Nikki Usher on December 1, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
11 ways to get your news startup funded

I’ve spent the past eight months or so talking to as many news startups as I can — 16 so far (from Buzzfeed to News Deeply to Medium). From all of this, it seems there are a variety of strategies a news startup might take to getting funded, getting “runway,” and having a successful future.

That’s engagement: Forum participants plot course to preserve born-digital news content for future generations

By Edward McCain on November 26, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
That’s engagement: Forum participants plot course to preserve born-digital news

The opportunity to advance the preservation of born-digital news is real. That’s my takeaway from the Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content forum, which was held Nov. 10-11 at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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 in Columbia owned by the University of Missouri.

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.