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Listening to community newspapers with Walt Potter

Source King Features Weekly on July 16, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Walter B. Potter Jr.

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.

How millennials get news: An AP discussion at General Assembly

Source The Associated Press on July 9, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
How millennials get news: An AP discussion at General Assembly

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.

RJI Research Scholars to study viability, sustainability of long-form digital journalism

By RJI on July 2, 2015 0 Comments Research
Jacqueline Marino

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.

Embarking on third retirement, Fidler reflects on tech evolutions, the future and his 1981 prediction about tablets

By RJI on June 18, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Roger Fidler

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.

Interactive guide helps newspapers boost online readership

By RJI on June 17, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Digital Hoosiers

A group of senior capstone students at the Missouri School of Journalism have created a guide to help newspapers — particularly those with small newsrooms — expand their online audiences.

Service to help papers make extra revenue, boost relationships with clients through sales of digital services

By Jennifer Nelson on June 1, 2015 0 Comments Ideas
Missouri Press Service to help newspapers make extra revenue, enhance relationsh

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.

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

By RJI 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.