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RJI links 4.20.12

By Brian Steffens on April 20, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
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MoJo: A resource for cititzen journalists

By RJI on April 18, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

Early on a Saturday morning, people gather around a green truck full of saplings. At the farmer’s market in northwest Columbia, the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway has begun, and 1,000 young trees are up for grabs. The rain may keep the numbers of visitors lower, but I’m still there with my MoJo kit and a rain jacket.

I pulled out my iPhone and went to work collecting b-roll and interviews with people picking up trees. Normally, rain and reporting together stress me out, trying to carry an umbrella AND all that extra equipment, but with just the little kit, the weather didn’t stop me and I got to get some closer shots, as well as blend in better.

RJInnovation Week 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012 - Friday, April 27, 2012 Events
RJInnovation Week

Mark your calendars for this year's RJInnovation Week! Topics to be covered range from advertising to engagement to tablets.

What really matters?

By Brian Steffens on March 7, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
Digital Storytelling Summit

Key takeaways from the Digital Storytelling summit presented by Mizzou Advantage and RJI.

Steffens: Four big obstacles confront print journalism

Source Mid-America Press Institute on February 27, 2012 0 Comments
Brian Steffens, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

As the communications director at Reynolds Journalism Institute, Steffens spoke at the Mid-America Press Institute gathering in St. Louis Feb. 11 about the state of the news industry, where it might be going and how it might get there.

RJI links 2.17.12

By Brian Steffens on February 17, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
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RJI links 2.10.12

By Brian Steffens on February 10, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
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RJI links 2.3.12

By Brian Steffens on February 3, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
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100 days and a lesson: There IS a business model for local news

By Janet Coats on January 26, 2012 3 Comments Blogs

I’ve heard it over and over and over again: There’s no financial model for intensely local news.

The group of 12 independent community news publishers we’ve been working with at The Patterson Foundation are demonstrating just how untrue that particular little truism is. And I want to say that it has been nothing short of thrilling to watch these publishers succeed.

Let me back up a step and bring the rest of you up to speed.

RJI public radio collaboration extends conversation across platforms as part of live remote news coverage

By Reuben Stern on January 19, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

Immediately following a live broadcast of the Missouri governor’s annual State of the State address on Jan. 17, the RJI Futures Lab, in collaboration with the news staff at NPR-affiliate station KBIA/91.3 FM, engaged the mid-Missouri public radio audience in a live multi-platform discussion right from the rotunda at the State Capitol.

With a big year ahead, stopping to reflect on what we’ve learned

By Janet Coats on January 18, 2012 0 Comments Blogs

The holidays ate this blog.

That is the only reason I could come up with to explain why I’ve been away so long. I had promised I’d get back to this right after Christmas. Which became right after New Year’s. Which became as soon as the first week of January is behind me and I’ve made a dent in the mound of work that went undone during the holidays.

So here it is, with January almost gone before I finally made my return.

The last year was an eventful, fruitful, sometimes frustrating, always exhilarating one for me in my work with the New Media Journalism Initiative. In the last few months of 2011, we really gained momentum as projects with the Journalism Accelerator and the Block by Block network of community news publishers began to gain steam. We’ve gone from thinking-planning-testing to fully operational in our work, and I see exciting things ahead for this year.

More readers still prefer local content

Source Biz Report on January 17, 2012 0 Comments
CASR, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

Many of these readers are also reading 'hard copy' rather than online editions. According to the NNA research 74% of those living in communities in which the local paper has a circulation under 15,000 read that newspaper at least once each week.

Research shows newspaper readers like local content

Source MediaPost on January 12, 2012 0 Comments
CASR, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

According to the 2011 results of an annual survey conducted by he National Newspaper Association and the research arm of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, readers in areas served by community newspapers continue to prefer the community newspaper as their source of local news and advertising.

From research to real life: New community outreach team builds on RJI engagement work

By Joy Mayer on January 12, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
Joy Mayer, 2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

I spent last year at RJI studying audience engagement — reading, talking, interviewing, writing, more reading — and ended that year motivated to put what I'd learned into practice.

Luckily, the job I came back to was in a newsroom built on experimentation, with colleagues willing to go along on the engagement ride.

In August, we kicked off the Missourian's community outreach team, made up of students in a class I teach called Participatory Journalism. (The class has existed for years and was developed by Clyde Bentley, also a Reynolds fellow.) This year, the focus of the class broadened to include more ways the relationship between journalists and their communities are changing.

RJI links 1.6.12

By Brian Steffens on January 6, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
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Newspaper readers like local content, study reminds

Source Kearney Hub on December 28, 2011 0 Comments

A University of Missouri study debunks most of the negative talk about newspapers and shows they remain prime information sources

Matt Thompson shares what he would have done differently if NPR's Project Argo started in 2012

Source MediaShift Idea Lab on December 27, 2011 0 Comments
Matt Thompson, Project Argo, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow Matt Thompson shares a few ideas on what he would do differently had Project Argo started in 2012.

Local newspaper readership stays strong

Source Media Post News on December 27, 2011 0 Comments
RJI Insight and Survey Center, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

Local newspapers remain the dominant source of news in small towns and rural areas, according to the results of a new survey performed by the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Insight and Survey Center and the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism on behalf of the National Newspaper Association.

Newspaper readership remains strong in smaller cities and towns

By RJI on December 21, 2011 0 Comments News

Readers in areas served by community newspapers continue to prefer the community newspaper as their primary source of local news and advertising, according to the 2011 National Newspaper Association research survey. The survey, conducted by the RJI Insight and Survey Center, shows that readers prefer the printed copy to the online version, with 48 percent saying the never read the local news online.

Survey shows preference for community news

Source The Recorder on December 16, 2011 0 Comments
CASR, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

The 2011 results of an annual survey conducted by the National Newspaper Association and the research arm of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism show that 74 percent of people in communities served by a newspaper with circulations under 15,000 read a local newspaper each week.