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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 6, 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 2, 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
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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.

Community Newspapers: Tomorrow has arrived - Videos

By RJI on October 21, 2011 2 Comments News
Community Newspapers: Tomorrow has arrived

These are challenging economic times for all of us. But this is also a time of opportunity for community journalism.

The Missouri School of Journalism, the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Missouri Press Association put together a conference for community newspaper publishers and editors.

Why non-profit news sites need to act more like digital businesses

Source MediaShift Idea Lab on October 19, 2011 0 Comments
Michele McLellan, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute, hyperlocal

In the emerging landscape of non-profit news, good journalism is not enough. Even with generous foundation support, high-quality reporting alone will not create an organization that can sustain its ability to produce news in the public interest.

Michele McLellan weighs in on getting local

Source Knight Digital Media Center on October 18, 2011 0 Comments
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The report contains details of the revenue and expenses of the sites as well as their engagement practices. This post focuses on a few highlights of the revenue/expense report.

Headlines and indie local news tips from Block By Block

By RJI on October 10, 2011 0 Comments News

Over three days last weekend -- Sept. 29-Oct 1 -- more than 100 people gathered for the second Block By Block: Community News Summit. Here is roundup of summit coverage, advice and observations collected from the event.

How did we do? Post-summit survey results

By Michele McLellan on October 10, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Survey results from Block By Block: Community News Summit 2011.

Indie online news trade association forms at RJI's Block By Block Summit

By RJI on October 10, 2011 0 Comments News

Mike Fourcher, publisher of Center Square Journal in Chicago, announced today he and 20 other publishers have formed the Independent Local Online News Publishers Trade Group (unofficial, working title) during talks at this year’s Block by Block Community News Summit.

Block By Block: Community News Summit 2011 - Video

By RJI on October 7, 2011 2 Comments News
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Watch the Block by Block 2011 Videos

Thompson and Sloan's ‘Storm’ video shows future of news in uninterrupted stream of our lives

Source Poynter on October 7, 2011 0 Comments
Matt Thompson, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

In “The Storm Collection,” Sloan and Thompson show us a near future in which people don’t have to interrupt their lives to get information. There is no dedicated period of time, no discrete thing, connected with news consumption.

Thompson's ‘Storm’ video shows future of news in uninterrupted stream of our lives

Source Poynter on October 6, 2011 0 Comments
Matt Thompson, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

In “The Storm Collection,” Sloan and Thompson show us a near future in which people don’t have to interrupt their lives to get information. There is no dedicated period of time, no discrete thing, connected with news consumption.

Meet Janet Coats

By RJI on October 4, 2011 0 Comments News
2011-2012 Reynolds Fellows

When Janet Coats worked as vice president of multimedia operations of Media General’s Tampa Tribune and WFLA-TV, she had to deal with the grim reality of cost-cutting to cope with the recession and a steep drop in advertising revenues.

Tough times meant round after round of layoffs – with no room for the kind of innovation necessary to meet the challenges of the digital age.

The future of community news is bright: thoughts from Block by Block 2011

By Joy Mayer on October 4, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Once again, I’m coming away from Block by Block, a gathering of primarily local news startups, with dozens of innovative ideas and thought-provoking philosophies to chew on. Kudos to Michele McLellan and Jay Rosen for enabling this community of passion to get together.

At Block by Block, Local ‘Indies’ Get Down to Business

Source Business Insider on October 3, 2011 0 Comments

In short, the publishers are becoming more businesslike and less obsessed about corporate media hobgoblins, real or imagined. At the Summit, 22 of them announced they’ve formed a trade group for independent local online news publishers, and a different group announced the formation of the Chicago Independent Advertising Network.

The Storm Collection

By RJI on October 1, 2011 0 Comments News
The Storm Collection

"A storm has just hit town. Buildings are wrecked and the mayor is missing. How many times and in how many ways has some variation on this story been told throughout history? And how will it be told?"

Block by Block publishers show the role of journalist, businessperson can be compatible

By Janet Coats on September 30, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

The Block by Block community of local news publishers are demonstrating how to balance the roles of journalist and businessperson.

Hyperlocal site RiverheadLocal looks for lessons in sustainability at RJI's Block by Block summit

Source Poynter on September 30, 2011 0 Comments
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The two-day summit is intended “to get these like-minded publishers in the same room and let them share ideas in person and understand where they might be in their business compared to others.”