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Screen gems: Roger Fidler talks about e-readers, tablets and our digital future

Source SND on January 14, 2010 0 Comments
Society for News Design

Roger Fidler often starts his day by reading the Los Angeles Times on his Amazon Kindle DX.

Apple's new tablet? Been there, done That

Source THE HUFFINGTON POST on January 8, 2010 0 Comments
The Huffington Post screenshot

Sixteen years ago, in a small office in Boulder, Colo., Roger Fidler was at the top of the newspaper technology world. Behind him was an original Apple Macintosh Duo laptop fitted neatly into its dock, and a Radius Pivot 15" monitor oriented in its signature vertical position.

Reynolds Journalism Institute awarded new grant to help improve health reporting

Source PRNEWSCHANNEL on January 2, 2010 0 Comments
Ken Fleming, RJI Insight and Survey Center, RJI research,

The RJI Insight and Survey Center has been awarded a grant of $170,000 by the Missouri Foundation for Health to conduct a survey of more than 3,310 adults about issues of health literacy. Working with Health Literacy Missouri, researchers want to identify effective channels of communication and seek solutions to health literacy deficits and increased health disparities.

8 News media business trends for 2010

Source MASHABLE on December 23, 2009 0 Comments
Community news sites, Block by block community news summit, Michele McLellan

With the news industry struggling to find new revenue streams that can reshape their broken business model, 2010 will be defined by experiments in news media monetization. This will also include content that is guided more than ever by the audience and ad revenue.

Good news for small newspapers

Source Watertown Daily Times on December 19, 2009 0 Comments
Community newspaper study, RJI research, National Newspaper association, CASR

This economy has been tough on businesses throughout the country and the newspaper industry has not been immune to those changes. It's been a difficult couple of years, but we've all adjusted accordingly and continue to move forward.
One thing we know is that newspapers continue to be a big part in the lives of local people. The Internet is certainly changing the way everyone operates their business and it has had an impact on our newspaper as well.

E-reading devices battling books and each other, as more embrace them

Source THE KANSAS CITY STAR on December 18, 2009 0 Comments
Kansas City Star screenshot

Is the time right for your book-reading to go electronic?

If industry analysts are right, for many ’tis indeed the season.

RJI Student Competition featured in Adobe newsletter

By RJI on December 14, 2009 0 Comments Experiments
RJI Hearst Innovation Student Competition

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

The 5 key questions about generating revenue from online content

Source American Press Institute on December 14, 2009 0 Comments Experiments

In an interview with the American Press Institute, 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow Bill Densmore outlines four things digital news consumers want, what the media ecosystem will look like in five years, what news consumers will pay for and what platform they might use.

8 Must-have traits of tomorrow's journalist

Source Mashable on December 9, 2009 0 Comments
"8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow's Journalist" Mashable.com, Dec. 9, 2009

As the news industry looks to reconstruct its suffering business model, the journalists of today must reconstruct their skill sets for the growing world of online media.

Editorial - Look who's alive and well - you're holding it

Source Echo Press on December 9, 2009 0 Comments
community newspaper study, RJI research, National Newspaper association, CASR

Here’s good news about community newspapers: They’re still being voraciously read, widely discussed and shared throughout their readership area. They’re also clearly the most dominant source of information that local residents turn to for local news.

Pay to click?

Source COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE on December 5, 2009 0 Comments
Michael Skoler, RJI,

Reynolds Fellow Michael Skoler is skeptical newspapers can start charging for something they’ve been giving away for free.

Editor's Note - Ethics at the forefront of journalists' minds

Source STAR NEWS on December 5, 2009 0 Comments
Mike Fancher, Journalism ethics, Donald W. Reynolds fellow,

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a forum on the future of journalism values and ethics held at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, the world’s first journalism school. It was founded by Walter Williams, a journalist-turned-academic who wrote The Journalists Creed, the first and perhaps definitive code of journalism ethics in 1914.

Michael Skoler: Mid-year report

By Michael Skoler on December 4, 2009 0 Comments Ideas

Mid-year Report

Clyde Bentley: Mid-year report

By Clyde Bentley on December 4, 2009 0 Comments Ideas

Although almost everyone carries a mobile phone, integrating them with our news system is more complicated than it first seems.

Sean Reily: Mid-year report

By Sean Reily on December 4, 2009 0 Comments Ideas

In the (near) paperless world of the future, reading from an electronic screen has long been hypothesized as the method through which readers will receive the bulk of their printed news and information.

Stephanie Padgett: Mid-year report

By Stephanie Padgett on December 4, 2009 0 Comments Ideas

In search of opportunities for small to mid-sized newspapers to increase revenue from online content, I have arrived at three critical factors that I believe will lead to success

Jacqueline Banaszynski: Mid-year report

By Jacqueline Banaszynski on December 4, 2009 0 Comments Ideas

A Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper reporter recently murmured to a feature-writing colleague: “What we do … is dead.” He was lamenting what he fears is the end of storytelling in newspapers – the kind of lengthy, intimate, literary, dramatic narratives that were his specialty.

Michele McLellan: Mid-year report

By Michele McLellan on December 1, 2009 0 Comments Experiments

I've learned a lot about online civic engagement in fields other than journalism (social causes, politics, even marketing) through conferences, interviews and looking at Web sites. I’ve also connected with numerous community news startups and learned that many of them put civic engagement and community building at the top of their agenda.

Emerging news organization:

By Michele McLellan on November 29, 2009 0 Comments Experiments

Very little is certain about the online news experiments we’re seeing except their stunning diversity and verve.

RJI hosts ASNE ethics and values forum

By RJI on November 18, 2009 0 Comments Ideas

In order to start a new dialogue about journalism ethics and values, 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow Mike Fancher convened a select group of editors and journalism educators in the Fred W. Smith Forum at RJI. Approximately 60 people attended the live sessions while another 274 watched via livestream. The aim is to help build public trust through public engagement, and RJI is pleased to make the session videos available, below.