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  • Anatomy of a science experiment

    Anatomy of a science experiment

    Blog | February 26, 2015

    As Paul Bolls and I finished our breakfast last week at the Broadway Diner, he said, “Let’s go set up a science experiment!” Thirteen hours later, we were just about ready.

  • Setting or chasing the agenda: Who controls the news?

    Setting or chasing the agenda: Who controls the news?

    Blog | February 25, 2015

    “Setting or chasing the agenda: Who controls the news?,” a Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute research brief, served as the basis of the panel discussion of the same name at Social Media Week Feb. 25 in New York City.

  • Futures Lab update #95: Digital profiles via 360social and behavioral analytics via Trialfire

    Blog | February 25, 2015

    What if you could reassemble a source’s social media footprint all in one place? Or easily track what people do on a specific Web page?

  • Robot writer

    I, Writer: An ethical checklist for robot journalism

    Blog | February 25, 2015

    News organizations are experimenting increasingly with robot journalism, using computer programs to transform data into news stories or news stories into multimedia presentations.

  • Jaci Smith

    Jaci Smith: Evangelizing our native advertising program

    Blog | February 24, 2015

    My new native advertising program is fully implemented. Late January marked the first time I presented it to an audience of my peers. Word is spreading. I have three upcoming engagements to speak about native in the next two months, and I am very much enjoying sharing our program and responding to the feedback, pushback and questions.

  • Gistory

    Where in the world is this news coming from?

    News | February 24, 2015

    Syria is frequently in the news, but could you find it on a map? Seeing people’s general lack of geographic knowledge while discussing world news motivated a University of Missouri student to create Gistory, a news startup that helps people identify where news events are happening in the world.

  • Jaci Smith

    The wonderful world of native advertising according to Jaci Smith

    Blog | February 24, 2015

    This resource page (an ongoing work in progress) is a compilation of blog posts and samples, plus templates and guidelines so you can launch a native advertising program now.

  • Kodak 3D Stereo Camera

    Exploring the norms: A 3-D project for journalists

    Blog | February 23, 2015

    I’ve been through twin-lens reflex cameras, meterless Nikons, underwater rigs, digital wonders and mobile phone cameras. But I’ve never been so frustrated as my first experience with 3-D. That shouldn’t be — and we are working to make sure it never is for other journalists.

  • RJI links

    RJI links: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

    Blog | February 20, 2015

    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 148

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

    Blog | February 20, 2015

    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.

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