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Google Fiber

By RJI on March 25, 2010 0 Comments Experiments
Google Fiber

Columbia, MO is competing with cities around the country to take part in Google's Fiber for Communities initiative. RJI is playing a key role in facilitating the city's application and community support. Futures Lab Director Mike McKean, with help from some University of Missouri colleagues, has drafted an action plan that highlights why Columbia is uniquely positioned to partner with Google on next-generation media.

Deal brokering: Perhaps America’s next top (news business) model?

Source Neiman Journalism Lab on March 18, 2010 0 Comments
Journalism business model, Michael Skoler

Our friend Michael Skoler wrote this post for Mizzou's Reynolds Journalism Institute, where he's currently a fellow. It's on deal brokering — sites like Groupon or Woot that connect sellers to buyers by offering time-limited deals. He thinks it could be a big part of news organizations' financial future, and we thought you'd be interested in seeing it. —Josh

Michael Skoler: Deals are the next journalism business model

Source on March 18, 2010 0 Comments
Journalism business model, Michael Skoler

The relationship between a news organization and the community is what advertisers bank on when they place their notices. It's what special interests bank on when they provide information to get their messages out.

Sprinting to Google's finish line

Source KOMU on March 18, 2010 0 Comments
Keith Politte, RJI Futures Lab, Google's high-speed fiber network

Only about a week remains in Columbia and Boone County's bid to become a testing community for Google's high-speed fiber network.

Michael Skoler submits panel ideas for ONA 2010

By Michael Skoler on March 16, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

Michael Skoler submits panel ideas for ONA 2010

To tap mobile buyers, first determine their needs

Source PRACTICAL ECOMMERCE on March 16, 2010 0 Comments
Clyde Bentley, Donald W. Reynolds fellow, mobile journalism

As the mobile user base swells, it is becoming easier to classify mobile users based on their attitudes towards their phones and the features they use most often. Merchants should consider how mobile customers will prefer to access web content. From that, merchants can decide what kind of user experiences they can affordably deliver.

In our view: Technology offers promise

Source THE JOPLIN GLOBE on March 16, 2010 0 Comments
Food, Fuel and Society: Stories of a Changing Landscape, RJI

Earlier this month, a Missouri newspaper reported on a school district’s policies about student musicians. District officials said the story contained a major error and requested a correction.

Citizens, journalists join forces to cover the news

By Michele McLellan on March 11, 2010 0 Comments Experiments

The Project for Excellence in Journalism asked me for my thoughts on its research assessing citizen journalism efforts in its annual State of the News Media report.

Broadband appeal

Source COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE on March 6, 2010 0 Comments
keith Politte, RJI Futures Lab, Google's high-speed fiber network

“This is all uncharted territory,” Politte said. People are “wanting to learn about this process. How are we uniquely situated to maximize that learning curve, not only for Google but for us? We have a very rich mix of some very interesting assets here: medical, life sciences and, even more generally, the concentration of higher-education facilities. We already have a history of innovation in the area. We’re eager to jump into this.”

Mobile changing the consumption of Information, a 3 year roadmap for mobile newspaper success

Source GREEN DATA CENTER BLOG on March 1, 2010 0 Comments
Clyde Bentley, Donald W. Reynolds fellow, mobile journalism

It is an accepted fact that the consumption of news on Mobile Phones is growing. Anyone who thinks print is growing hasn’t seen the number of idled pulp and paper mill capacity that ironically can be repurposed by data centers to host internet news.

News on mobile phones is growing; Newspapers get second chance

Source ZDnet Between the Lines blog on March 1, 2010 0 Comments
Clyde Bentley, Donald W. Reynolds fellow, mobile journalism

The Associated Press took an interesting approach to a report released today by the Pew Research Center about news consumption in an online world. That headline highlighted that 26 percent of adult Americans now get their news from their mobile phones, an interesting statistic. It also noted that 43 percent of “younger’ cell phone owners - that under age 50 - are also reading news stories on their phones, compared to 15 percent of cell phone owners who fall in the “over-50″ category.

The new vision of a digital future: Monetizing mobility

Source OVERDRIVE INTERACTIVE on February 24, 2010 0 Comments
Interactive Overdrive

The idea that there is an overabundance of content in today’s digital spectrum is no surprise. In earlier times, newspapers, magazines, and various publications alike made a push once the web turned circles in the early 2000’s and content distributors rushed to get their publications online.

Can e-Readers and tablets save the news

Source Mashable on February 18, 2010 0 Comments
Mashable screenshot

Sales are robust for e-readers and there is no shortage of tablets yet to launch, including the new Apple iPad. But will strong sales translate into a boost for the media industry?

Newspapers fiddle as mobile content burns

Source The Big Money on February 9, 2010 0 Comments
Clyde Bentley, Donald W. Reynolds fellow, mobile journalism

Clyde Bentley at the Reynolds Journalism Institute takes a practical approach to the migration of news from print to mobile devices by creating a timeline. He bases his scenario on Gartner Research's prediction that mobile devices will surpass computers as the entry point for news in just three years:

Bentley: Three years to newspaper mobile success

Source Poynter's Mobile Media Blog on February 8, 2010 0 Comments
Clyde Bentley, Donald W. Reynolds fellow, mobile journalism

Clyde Bentley suggests that newspapers start preparing for the coming dominance of the mobile Web by getting smartphones for key newsroom editors in the next three months and fully integrating mobile and online newsroom operations by December of 2012

J school faculty, students consider possible uses for iPad

Source The Maneater on February 5, 2010 0 Comments

School of Journalism faculty members see many uses for Apple's new iPad in higher education, though they have no plans to require it for students.

Matt Thompson

Source American Press Institute on February 4, 2010 0 Comments
Reynolds fellows, Matt Thompson

Mr. Thompson is an incoming Editorial Product Manager at National Public Radio, where he will be helping to coordinate the development of 12 topic-focused local news sites in conjunction with NPR member stations. Before moving to DC, he served as the interim Online Community Manager for the Knight Foundation. In May 2009, he completed a Donald W. Reynolds Fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute; his explorations into creating context-centric news websites are quickly becoming central to the discussion about online journalism's future.

iPad changes equation of newspaper-subsidized e-Readers

Source POYNTER on February 4, 2010 0 Comments
Poynter Screenshot

Stack up the price of Apple's iPad against what it costs to put a newspaper in your driveway for a couple of years and you'll find an e-reader business model that just might work.

Charting the emerging local news ecosystem

Source LOSTREMOTE on January 29, 2010 0 Comments
Reynolds fellows, Michele McLellan, Community news sites,

Rumors that AOL’s hyperlocal franchise,, will be expanding in a very big way continue to swirl. Meanwhile, Yahoo, Datasphere, Allvoices, OurTown and a handful of others are looking to compete on the local level in a national way, too. So what does the competitive landscape look like?

Apple iPad latest in e-reading technology

Source Columbia Missourian on January 28, 2010 0 Comments
Columbia Missourian

After much hype and few facts surrounding Apple’s new product on the Internet, the Apple iPad was revealed to the public on Wednesday in San Francisco.