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Media guru sees (and saw) e-papers coming

Source Philadelphia Daily News on January 27, 2010 0 Comments
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Thanks to Apple's big product announcement today, the world should finally get focused on the concept of downloading newspapers and magazines to read on an eco-friendly, instantly updatatable e-tablet.

My criteria for promising online news sites

By Michele McLellan on January 26, 2010 0 Comments Experiments

As a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute this year, I am working on a list of promising sites. The idea is to identify and work with the best – to learn from them and to figure out ways RJI might help them.

De Telegraf

Source De Telegraf on January 26, 2010 0 Comments
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Roger Fidler program director for digital publishing at the Reynolds Journalism Institute was contacted for an interview on E-Readers.

Latest Apple product creates anticipation in newspaper industry

Source COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN on January 25, 2010 0 Comments
Columbia Missourian

COLUMBIA – What Apple will unveil Wednesday could shift the future of e-reading and be a tool to increase the viability of newspapers.

Hopes, fears for Apple's tablet launch

Source Mediaweek on January 24, 2010 0 Comments
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Technophiles are aroused. Advertisers are fantasizing. And battered, skeptical publishers are hopeful but trying to stay grounded as everyone awaits digital Christmas, scheduled for Jan. 27, when Apple is expected to introduce its long-rumored tablet device.

5 Recent big moves in hyper-local news

Source MediaShift Idea Lab on January 19, 2010 0 Comments

And if you are looking for analysis and trends among independent sites, a great source is Michele McLellan, a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. McLellan is researching community news startups, civic engagement and community building. She also writes for the Knight Digital Media Center's leadership blog and is @michelemclellan on Twitter.

SPECIAL REPORT - Ads & ethics: Web gets sticky

Source EDITOR & PUBLISHER on January 19, 2010 0 Comments
Stephanie Padgett, Advertising Ethics, RJI

When the group Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) in 2009 received a $60,000 grant from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, it decided to sponsor a project called "Online Journalism Credibility." It asked members to come forward with ideas for research.

Tribute to Deborah Howell

By Jacqueline Banaszynski on January 15, 2010 0 Comments Ideas

Twenty-five years ago, Deborah Howell hauled me into a conference room at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, scissors in hand. I was numb from my first overseas reporting trip, to the horrifying famine camps on the Ethiopian border. Usually a fast writer, it took me two weeks to batter out a story.

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
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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
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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", 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.