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Five takeaways from “Going mobile: How newspapers can meet the cell phone challenge”

Clyde Bentley, Donald W. Reynolds fellow, mobile journalism

Monday’s conference at Reynolds Journalism Institute is an immersion course in explosion in mobile news. Here are my takeaways:

News companies go mobile: tips, techniques, strategies

By Clyde Bentley on April 13, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

News editors, mobile industry execs and academics gathered at the Reynolds Journalism Institute in April to brainstorm the challenges news companies face as smart phone usage sets new records for growth. By 2013 more people will access the web by mobile device than by PC.

Cell phone tour of MKT trail

Source KOMU on April 13, 2010 0 Comments
Clyde Bentley, Donald W. Reynolds fellow, mobile journalism

COLUMBIA - MU's Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation are joining together to bring visitors to the MKT Trail something new.

Tribute to Deborah Howell - ASNE convention

By Jacqueline Banaszynski on April 12, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

"The news business is not for wimps and I am not one. I was suited by temperament and breeding for what I was to become."
That's what Deborah Howell told students at the Missouri School of Journalism last October, when she was awarded an Honor Medal for lifetime achievement.

I was shown the media's future 16 years ago: Now with the iPad, it's here

Source The Guardian on April 11, 2010 0 Comments
Guardian, iPad, Roger Fidler

My personal journey to the iPad began around 16 years ago in Aspen, Colorado. Rumours of what the internet was capable of doing to the news business had reached London, and the only way of checking them out was to fly to America and find out.

Building revenue on e-Readers remains a challenge

Source Newspaper Association of America on April 11, 2010 0 Comments
E-Readers, Sean Reily, NAA, RJI

Sean Reily, a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, said: "It's a really difficult hurdle for newspapers to deal with because you are cutting up a pie that, as of yet, isn't big enough to cut up." In his role at the Los Angeles Times, Reily has seen the Tribune Company's Kindle subscription figures. He says that even in the early years, numbers were surprisingly strong.

Voices from the past - Description

By Clyde Bentley on April 10, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

The Reynolds Journalism Institute this week launched a unique project in Columbia that will allow people to use their cell phones to "call" the rich legacy of the community.

Voices from the past: Promotional idea uses cell phones and radio-on-demand

By Clyde Bentley on April 10, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

Mobile phones are the most widely used communications technology in the United States – nearly 90% of Americans carry one. But the vast majority of those phones cannot receive the Web-based graphics and information that media outlets prefer. The Smartphones that can do that represent just 17% of the cell phones in the U.S. The rest just communicate primarily with voice and text.

City's case for Google broadband

Source Columbia Business Times on April 10, 2010 0 Comments
RJI Futures Lab

Showboating aside, cities had to fill out a formal questionnaire highlighting what the network could do to boost the productivity and capabilities of businesses, government and educational institutions. Columbia officially sent its response to Google March 26, and MU's Reynolds Journalism Institute has penned its own report on why Columbia deserves faster Internet. Google plans to send representatives to cities after the choices are narrowed down and pick the target community or communities by the end of the year.

More sites: Aggregators, news systems, minis

By Michele McLellan on April 7, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

Aggregators curate links and headlines from other sources. While curation provides a valuable service, our study is focused on sites that originate news.

Looking at the iPad and a portal to the future

Source CU Atlas on April 7, 2010 0 Comments
CU Atlas screenshot

The new Apple iPad is making me think deeply about how news and entertainment are consumed. That's a bit of a leap for me, because my professional life has involved using computers to create all types of content, from news to still photos to audio and video and interactive content.

RJI Interactive Design Competition featured on Adobe TV

By RJI on April 6, 2010 0 Comments Experiments
RJI Hearst Innovation Student Competition

A partner in the 2009-2010 RJI Student Competition, Adobe created this video for Adobe TV featuring Mizzou faculty and students.

Craigslist founder speaks to businesspeople, students in Columbia

Source Columbia Missourian on April 6, 2010 0 Comments
Reynolds fellows, Bill Densmore, Information valet

During the introduction, Reynolds Fellow Bill Densmore said Newmark might be considered a demon to newspapers — because the free online classifieds took revenue from print newspapers — but he’s a savior to the community.
“We listen to what people in the community want,” Newmark said about Craigslist's free and local emphasis. “We’re very community-driven.”

Can help AOL reinvent itself?

Source Triple Pundit on April 2, 2010 0 Comments
RJI research

AOL used to be the grand dame of the internet service providers until high speed internet came along. AOL has struggled to reinvent itself ever since. Perhaps the recently launched, a local content site, will help AOL transform itself into the place to go for local content. Patch describes itself as a “community-specific news and information platform dedicated to providing comprehensive and trusted local coverage for individual towns and communities.” Patch currently covers communities in four states: California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. By the end of this month, Patch will add another 15 sites.

Voices from the Past - The possibilities

By Clyde Bentley on April 1, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

The Voices from the Past project addresses a serious quandary for journalists.

Voices from the Past - Press

By Clyde Bentley on April 1, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

Press coverage of Voices from the Past.

Voices from the Past - Case study

By Clyde Bentley on April 1, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

The project tests the ability to connect users of the most simple cell phones to additional information.

Q. and A. with Roger Fidler, newspaper tablet pioneer

Source THE POST-STANDARD on March 29, 2010 0 Comments
The Post-Standard screenshot

Roger Fidler is program director for digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, where he coordinates digital publishing research projects and the Digital Publishing Alliance. In 1981, he began to write about digital publications and the possibility of a newspaper tablet.

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