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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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News and commentary of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs

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.

Journalism Accelerator builds momentum for collaboration

By Janet Coats on December 15, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Part of what makes working in news so seductive is the instant gratification factor.

There aren’t many jobs where you see the impact of your work so quickly. Every day, sometimes several times a day, you publish your work and the community responds to it.

That has been one of the biggest adjustments for me in the work I’ve been doing as part of the New Media Journalism Initiative. For the last two years, we’ve been building our work incrementally, learning as we go. Sometimes, when you are working to build something new, from scratch, it is hard to tell whether you are making any progress at all.

Readership of local newspapers in small cities & towns remains steady

Three-fourths of residents (74%) in small cities and towns in the United States read a local newspaper ranging from 1 day to 7 days a week; majority of the readers (81%) relied on the newspapers for local news and information, according to the 2011 Community Newspaper Readership Study conducted by The Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) on behalf of National Newspaper Association (NNA) in August and October 2011.

WellCommons: Revolution under the radar

By Jane Stevens on December 12, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

When Jane Stevens was a Reynolds Fellow in 2008-2009, she and a team of students and professors developed a prototype social journalism health news site called HealthCommons. After the fellowship, the Lawrence Journal-World asked her to join the organization as director of media strategies to oversee the company's 15 web sites and to develop a health news site based on HealthCommons. The result was WellCommons, which just won an EPpy. Here's why she thinks -- or hopes -- it won.

Survey quantifies longstanding bond between newspapers and communities

Source Kearney Hub on December 11, 2011 0 Comments
RJI Insight and Survey Center, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

A study performed by the RJI Insight and Survey Center found strong ties between newspapers and their communities.

Survey: Readers prefer community newspapers for local news and information

Source SCPA eBulletin on December 1, 2011 0 Comments
RJI Insight and Survey Center, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

The survey, in its sixth year, shows consistent trends. Readers prefer the printed copy to the online version, with 48 percent saying they never read the local news online.

Measuring Community Engagement: A Case Study from Chicago Public Media

By RJI on December 1, 2011 1 Comment Blogs
Breeze Richardson

Breeze Richardson, director of strategic partnerships at Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago), provides a detailed explanation of how her organization is developing specific metrics to measure a full range of engagement with the community it serves.

Survey results show customers prefer getting news and advertising from community newspapers

Source News & Tech on December 1, 2011 0 Comments
RJI Insight and Survey Center, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

The NNA survey said 48 percent of those surveyed never read local news online, and 51 percent preferred getting advertising in the printed newspaper while only 11 percent preferred to see ads on the Internet.

Using collaboration to accelerate change

By Janet Coats on November 29, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

During the last couple of months, most of my posts here have focused on the New Media Journalism Initiative’s work with the Block by Block community of independent news publishers.

That’s understandable, given how much activity there’s been in this aspect of our work. The Block by Block Community News Summit in September was a productive gathering of entrepreneurial publishers, sharing both common problems and potential solutions. Since the news summit, we’ve been doing some exciting work around financial sustainability. I’m hoping to start sharing details of what we’re learning from that effort after the first of the year.

Meeting the Information Needs of Communities - Videos

By RJI on November 16, 2011 0 Comments News
Meeting the Information Needs of Communities - Videos

Steven Waldman, who directed the Federal Communications Commission's study of the state of U.S. journalism, delivered the keynote address on Nov. 15 at a day-long symposium on the comprehensive and far-reaching report. Watch the sessions.

Seattle in 36 hours

By Brian Steffens on November 7, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Notes and observations from whirlwind visits to MSN Money; a GeekWire meet-up with Zillow founder Rich Barton; Capitol Hill Seattle blog founder Justin Carder; MSNBC; Seattle Times' managers of their local blog network; and editors of the print and digital Puget Sound Business Journal.

Hyperlocal news sites to launch trade association for publishers

Source American Journalism Review on November 3, 2011 0 Comments
Michele McLellan, hyperlocal, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Block by Block

Publishers hope their new trade association can help them solve common problems.

RJI will Host Symposium to Examine the Local Impact of FCC's Reforms to Public Broadcasting

By RJI on November 1, 2011 0 Comments News
Information Needs event logo

As a follow-up to the June release of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) report, "Information Needs of Communities," the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) will host a day-long symposium focusing on the regulations and policy recommendations.

Seeing value in very local news

Source The Patterson Foundation on October 31, 2011 0 Comments

These entrepreneurial publishers are on the front lines of community journalism, and their perspective on corporate efforts such as Patch are valuable ones. That’s why Tram Whitehurst, a master’s graduate at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, has been collecting their views about the importance of very local news efforts and about how Patch fits into that ecosystem.