Walter B. “Walt” Potter Jr. is a retired newspaper executive who has committed significant time and resources to the cause of community newspapers. Recently he completed a “listening tour” of Missouri weekly newspapers, hearing out their many challenges and opportunities in the digital age.
What do millennials expect from news? How can media companies create and deliver content to captivate younger audiences? Is there money to be made from this group? These are among the questions industry experts and academic leaders will address in a discussion led by The Associated Press at General Assembly in New York on July 14.
Three academicians — Robert Gutsche Jr., Susan Jacobson and Jacqueline Marino — will study the effectiveness and sustainability of long-form digital journalism on behalf of RJI. The three are the newest RJI Research Scholars.
Roger Fidler recently retired as program director for digital publishing at RJI. Jennifer Nelson asked him to reflect on his 1981 prediction of the tablet computer, technological evolutions over the past years, and what he foresees for the future.
Selling digital services and products to advertisers is one way newspapers can strengthen their relationships with advertisers — and potential advertisers — while bringing in additional revenue, says Mark Nienhueser, advertising director at Missouri Press Service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.