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

Mediatwits 148: Twitter’s business rebounds, but does it drive traffic?

By RJI on February 20, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 148

When The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson used Twitter’s new tweet activity feature he found something surprising. It showed that, on average, only 1.7 percent of people bothered to click through to the articles he had linked. In response to Thompson’s article, Digiday’s John McDermott noted that for the top brands, overall engagement was up 85 percent from the same time last year.

How RJI, AP aim to bring academics, news industry together

By Randy Picht on February 19, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Chocolate and peanut butter

Accidental or intentional, the collision between media scholars and media executives remains an elusive event, especially now. Why? Why doesn’t the news industry join forces with academia like other industries like medicine, engineering and technology.

RJI and AP launch initiative to connect academics, media professionals for exchange of data and ideas

By RJI on February 19, 2015 0 Comments News
Associated Press

Who sets the news agenda in the social media age? How can news organizations maintain a sense of substance and gain useful insights from the community without falling victim to hype or hyperbole? These will be among the questions considered in a discussion led by The Associated Press at Social Media Week in New York on Feb. 25.

The opportunity for networks: Trust, antitrust and sharing users

By Bill Densmore on February 19, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
The opportunity for networks: Trust, antitrust and sharing users

Banks do it. Airlines do it. Phone companies do it. Why shouldn’t news organizations do it, too? What they do is share users. And they do so because it’s convenient for their customers. The 21st-century world of public, interconnected networks — the Internet — makes sharing possible.

Futures Lab update #94: Measuring impact and finding new audiences at The Center for Investigative Reporting

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on February 18, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

How can a newsroom track the effect it has on the community? And could poets and playwrights help reshape journalism?

RJI links: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

By RJI on February 13, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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 147: Snapchat Discover: A new mobile portal for news?

By RJI on February 13, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 147

Look out Facebook, Snapchat might be the new belle at the social media ball and media companies are taking notice. You can now find media outlets like CNN, ESPN and Vice on the app’s new Discover section, which acts more like a curated portal than random news items in your feed.

New book on data literacy geared toward journalists, students

By Jennifer Nelson on February 13, 2015 0 Comments News
Data Literacy by David Herzog

A new book on data analysis by 2010-2011 Reynolds Fellow David Herzog is designed to help journalists and students “navigate the world of publicly available data,” says the author.

Hebdo symposium raises issues of free speech and hate speech

By Sarah Strasburg on February 12, 2015 0 Comments News

Journalists worldwide face real dangers every day, and the Charlie Hebdo attack last month in Paris is an egregious example, according to speakers at a recent freedom of speech symposium at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Telling stories in 3-D in an immersive, interactive and integrative way

By Bimal Balakrishnan on February 12, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Telling stories in 3-D in an immersive, interactive and integrative way

The past few months of my Reynolds Fellowship have been exciting. I’ve been busy working with students from my Immersive Visualization Lab, and with a Missouri School of Journalism capstone class on two fronts.

Is it time for the news industry to get smarter about advisortising?

By Bill Densmore on February 12, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Advertising

It was a symbiotic relationship — mass-market advertising and local journalism. Now the two are heading for divorce. Is any reconciliation possible?

Futures Lab update #93: Tools from Twitter, and limited sharing via This.

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on February 11, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

How might your newsroom get more out of Twitter? And what if everyone could only share one link per day?

Knight Prototype Fund supports 10 new projects focused on data-driven storytelling and better information access

By RJI on February 10, 2015 0 Comments News
Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced funding for 10 new projects through the Knight Prototype Fund, including a new project from 2014–2015 Reynolds Fellow Dan Archer.

Exploring the future in three dimensions

By Clyde Bentley on February 6, 2015 1 Comment Blogs
Oculus VR

Why 3-D? Why now? And for heaven’s sake, why for journalism? The University of Missouri 3-D journalism project — MU3D — developed from a fortuitous meeting of professors from two very different professional schools.

RJI links: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

By RJI on February 6, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
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RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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 146: What’s next for alt-weeklies?

By RJI on February 6, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 146

Big changes may be in store for your local alternative weekly. Last week, Voice Media Group announced it was exploring “new strategies for its publishing assets,” including their sale or acquisition. The circulation numbers for alt-weeklies aren’t looking good.

‘When we come back’: TV moments that don’t translate to the Web

By David Cohn on February 5, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Captain's log

I’m not the first to point out that TV news sucks. Like Jeff Jarvis, I don’t want to dwell on it. Instead, I want to write a series of posts to explore what can change — and how — about our understanding of TV news. But to figure out how we move forward, I will need to analyze (but hopefully not dwell on) what elements of TV news don’t translate to the Web.

Futures Lab update #92: Ideas for visualizing the news

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on February 4, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

Could comic artists and digital game designers become the next generation of journalistic rock stars?

Imagining the 21st-century personal news experience — and how publishers need to collaborate to create it

By Bill Densmore on February 3, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Imagining the 21st-century personal news experience — and how publishers need to

Throughout several months of interviewing more than 85 journalists, educators, technologists, researchers, activists and citizens, it was easy to fall back on what journalists want or what the news media needs — or our ideas of what democracy needs. But some of the smartest people we talked to asked the question, “What will this look like for consumers, and how do you know they’ll use it?”

RJI links: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

By RJI on January 30, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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.