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Using a broad array of rigorous social science methods, RJI researchers test innovations in journalism and advertising content, design, delivery and business models to find the best solutions for use in the real world.

Larger screens on new iPhones should make reading news content more appealing

By Roger Fidler on September 9, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
iPhone 6

I’m willing to wager that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduced today will give a boost to news organizations as well as Apple. Samsung has already demonstrated that there’s a market for so-called “phablets.” The addition of Apple’s strong brand is certain to validate this marriage of smartphones and mini tablets.

Tablets tend to boost news consumption on smartphones and likelihood of paying for mobile news content

By Roger Fidler on August 19, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

Smartphone owners who also have tablets are much more likely to use their smartphones for consuming news organization content than those who do not have tablets, according to the latest mobile media survey from RJI.

Seniors more likely to read news on tablets, size appeals to all ages for leisure reading and watching videos

By Roger Fidler on July 17, 2014 1 Comment News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

Both tablets and smartphones are used by a majority of owners for keeping up with the news, but tablets are used for news by a much higher percentage of owners aged 55 or older than by those aged 18-34.

Nearly all large tablet owners also use smartphones

By Roger Fidler on June 30, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

The pairing of large tablets with smartphones has important implications for news organizations. Nearly 9 in 10 large tablet owners also use smartphones according to the latest mobile media survey from RJI. Only 4 in 10 smartphone owners said they also used large tablets.

Women use smartphones more than men to read news found within social media

By RJI on May 28, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

Women are much more likely than men to read news stories found within social media on their smartphones according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI).

Mediatwits #123: NPR regroups as terrestrial radio evolves

By RJI on May 23, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 123

The terrestrial radio business has been forced to adapt once again as more people get their audio content online, via streaming services or satellite radio.

Majority of smartphone owners are now routinely using news apps

By Roger Fidler on May 22, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

More than 6 in 10 smartphone owners are now routinely using news apps on their smartphones according to the latest Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) mobile media survey. Nearly 3 in 10 are using smartphone news apps branded by newspapers.

Seniors hold key to future growth for mobile media

By Roger Fidler on May 6, 2014 0 Comments News
2014 Q1 Research Report 2: Seniors hold key to future growth for mobile media

While the percentage of U.S. adults who use smartphones and/or tablets continues to grow, the use of mobile media by people aged 55 or older, who now represent more than 60 percent of non-users, will be a critical factor in future growth according to the latest Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) mobile media poll.

Mediatwits #120: Mideast media study shows demand for social media, censored films

By RJI on May 2, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 120

Even though Western music and movies are a major export to the Middle East, many people there support censoring these programs if they are deemed offensive.

Mediatwits #119: Broadcasters vs. Aereo in Supreme Court; Netflix vs. AT&T

By RJI on April 25, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 119

This week, the Supreme Court began hearings to determine if Aereo’s broadcast-TV-time-shifting model is legal.

Tablets are now commonplace in households with children

By Roger Fidler on April 23, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI-DPA Mobile Media News Consumption

More than half of U.S. households now have tablets and three-quarters have smartphones according to the latest Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) mobile media poll.

Study: Newspapers growing revenue in non-traditional ways

By Michael M. Jenner on April 7, 2014 0 Comments News
Barchart

A handful of alternative revenue streams pursued by daily newspapers are throwing off double-digit profits. Publishers expect digital revenue to represent a greater share of revenue in the coming three years.

Survey: Newspaper online paid content models now the norm

By Michael M. Jenner on March 24, 2014 0 Comments News
Paid content pie

Five years ago the notion of newspapers charging for online content was dismissed by many as an unworkable strategy. Today it’s become an industry norm.

Newspaper publishers remain optimistic about future of their industry

By Michael M. Jenner on March 17, 2014 0 Comments News
PCI

Despite the sharp revenue declines of the last five years, publishers of U.S. daily newspapers continue to be optimistic about the future of their industry, but those who believe print will end within 10 years increased 27 percent.

What we've learned about real-time reporting from John Walton and the #ET702 story

By Chris Shipley on March 3, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Chris Shipley

After a brief tweet to congratulate John Walton (@thatjohn) for breaking the #ET702 hijacking story and alert him to my initial post on the matter, we got into a Twitter exchange, then email conversation, and then a live chat with the students of the Journalism & Democracy capstone class at the Missouri School of Journalism, each discussion giving a little more texture to his experience and learning about reporting a story as it happens using Twitter as a publication medium.

NNA survey: Small town residents depend on their community paper

Two-thirds of residents in small towns across America depend upon their local newspaper for news and information, according to the National Newspaper Association’s most recent newspaper readership survey.

#ET702 and the birth of real-time journalism

By Chris Shipley on February 18, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Chris Shipley

If we needed more evidence of the speed and reach of Twitter as a news medium, the news and unfolding story on Twitter of Ethiopian Flight ET702 should confirm that our world is never going to be the same again. As is so often the case these days, the story about the story – at least when that story involves the rising influence of social media, is one that pits the tortoise (traditional media) against the hare (Twitter and social media).

Newspapers’ mobile products have two distinctly different audiences

By Roger Fidler on November 26, 2013 0 Comments News
2013 Q1 Research Report 6: Newspapers’ mobile products have two distinctly diffe

This report focuses on the use of media tablets and smartphones by newspaper subscribers and non-subscribers.

Newsrooms using Web metrics to evaluate staff, guide editorial decisions

Web metrics

An increasing number of online newsrooms in the U.S. have started using Web metrics to determine if their editors and reporters are doing well, a survey of top editors has found.

RJI collaborates with Mather Economics and Inland Press Association to revamp newspaper cost and revenue study

By Jennifer Nelson on October 1, 2013 3 Comments News
Tom Slaughter

To assist newspapers with the planning process, Inland Press Association, in partnership with Mather Economics and the Reynolds Journalism Institute, is overhauling its comprehensive National Cost and Revenue Study to make it more modern and user-friendly.