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New RJI Fellow to develop suite of apps to help streamline workflow of community journalists

By Jennifer Nelson on May 19, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Barrett Golding

A 2015-2016 RJI Fellow wants to streamline the workflow in small- to mid-sized newsrooms by creating apps to assist journalists in their day-to-day tasks. These tasks could range from fact-checking and finding free images to creating immersive multimedia presentations and previewing mobile versions of their articles.

RJI Fellow to explore storytelling potential of smartwatches

By Jennifer Nelson on May 6, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Victor Hernandez

The highly anticipated release of the Apple Watch last week has one new RJI Fellow intrigued by its potential for digital storytelling and engagement. News innovation strategist Victor Hernandez will spend eight months exploring the impact of wearable technology on newsrooms as a 2015-2016 nonresidential fellow at RJI.

AP general counsel urges lawmakers to strengthen FOIA

By Erin Madigan White on May 6, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Karen Kaiser

Associated Press General Counsel Karen Kaiser today urged lawmakers to enact bipartisan legislation now before the U.S. Senate to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act and make it work better.

2015 RJI Tech Showcase videos now available

By RJI on May 5, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
2015 RJI Tech Showcase

Each spring, the Reynolds Journalism Institute profiles the entrepreneurial efforts of students working on RJI initiatives and other class projects at the Missouri School of Journalism and for University of Missouri partners such as the Information Science and Architectural Studies programs.

RJI announces its 2015-2016 class of fellows

By RJI on May 5, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

From exploring journalistic opportunities for wearable technology to helping smaller community newspapers provide digital services for advertisers, the ninth fellowship class of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute continues RJI’s commitment to nurturing and strengthening journalism’s service to citizens and their communities.

2015 RJI Student Competition videos now available [Updated]

By RJI on April 28, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

Videos of the 2015 RJI Student Competition winners announcement and presentations by the teams are now available.

Engagement pro-tip: Use physical engagement activities to complement digital engagement strategies

By Sarah Strasburg on April 28, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Meghann Farnsworth

While digital engagement discussions are undoubtedly here to stay, physical engagement strategies have real value, says Meghann Farnsworth of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). She recently spoke at the Dissecting Engagement conference at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

RJI Fellow’s oral history website shares stories, challenges and inspirations of female journalists

By Jennifer Nelson on April 28, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

Herstory tells the stories of 34 veteran female journalists and the challenges, struggles and triumphs they faced in a historically male-dominated profession. The women were interviewed as part of the 2013-2014 RJI Fellowship of Yong Volz, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

SoundStir takes top honors in 2015 RJI Student Competition

By RJI on April 22, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Student competition 2015

SoundStir, an Android app designed to be “the only mobile community for public radio listeners,” has won the grand prize in the eighth annual RJI Student Competition.

Potter listening tour of community newspapers begins this month

By RJI on April 6, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Walt Potter Jr.

Walt Potter — donor of the Missouri School of Journalism’s Walter B. Potter Fund for Innovation in Local Journalism — will be visiting community newspapers in Missouri this month and next as part of what’s known informally as The Potter Listening Tour.

MediaShift launches DigitalEd Media Training with RJI, BigMarker as partners

By RJI on April 3, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Mark Glaser

PBS MediaShift has announced the launch of its new online training series, DigitalEd, in partnership with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the University of Missouri and the BigMarker browser-based online conferencing platform.

Technology sparks innovation during Costa Rica study abroad trip

Missouri School of Journalism students in Costa Rica used infrared imaging, a drone, three-dimensional GoPro video cameras and a Lytro Illum against a backdrop of jungle, ocean and national park landscapes to report and write stories about environmental and social issues.

How millennials get news: Inside the habits of America’s first digital generation

By Media Insight Project on March 16, 2015 0 Comments

Millennials consume news and information in strikingly different ways than previous generations, and their paths to discovery are more nuanced and varied than some may have imagined, according to the new study by the Media Insight Project, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

RJI Fellow’s e-book on working with data is subject of SXSW session

By Jennifer Nelson on March 13, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Trina Chiasson

Trina Chiasson, a 2013-2014 RJI Fellow, will share insights from “Data+Design,” an open source e-book about preparing data and building visualizations, during a SXSW session next week in Austin, Texas.

Columbia Missourian covers True/False Film Fest using 3-D imaging

By RJI on March 11, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
True/false ninja

The Columbia Missourian took a new tack on “in-depth journalism” by offering its readers 3-D images of costumed participants in the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri.

StoryAct designed to take news consumers from reading articles to taking action

By Jennifer Nelson on March 9, 2015 1 Comment Ideas
Michael Skoler

Michael Skoler wants to take audience engagement with PRI beyond the share button at the end of a news article. As part of a new tool called StoryAct, visitors to will be offered opportunities to take actions as they read a story.

Transmedia storytelling comes to True/False Film Fest

By Sarah Strasburg on March 5, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Dan Archer

Dan Archer, a graphic journalist and RJI Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, will participate in three immersive technology events this weekend as part of the True/False Film Fest, which is featuring transmedia stories, events and installations for the first time.

Where in the world is this news coming from?

By Jennifer Nelson on February 24, 2015 0 Comments Ideas

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.

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

By RJI on February 19, 2015 0 Comments Ideas Research
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.

New book on data literacy geared toward journalists, students

By Jennifer Nelson on February 13, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
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.