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Thompson'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

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 4, 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
block by block, Michele McLellan, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

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.”

Five stages of grief: A cautionary (and optimistic) tale for online community news startups

By Michele McLellan on September 29, 2011 2 Comments Blogs

The emerging local news ecosystem looks as choatic as ever. But a few patterns are emerging in the way online community news start ups develop or stall out. Here's my latest attempt to make some sense of what I am seeing.

In these Five Stages, I attempt to cover both the grief that pioneer publishers experience and the opportunities for growth that successful news pioneers are capitalizing on.

Ohio Citizen Journalists send representative to RJI conference

Source TippNews Daily on September 28, 2011 0 Comments
Michele McLellan, hyperlocal, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Block by Block

Block by Block will be hosting this week its second annual Block by Block Community News Summit (#bxb11), an independent, online local news publishers gathering in Chicago, Sep. 29-Oct. 1. The event, sponsored by the Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Patterson Foundation, the Knight Foundation and Loyola University will bring together 200 of America’s online citizen journalism publishers.

Block by Block 2011 conference this week: Follow it online

Source Knight Digital Media Center on September 27, 2011 0 Comments
block by block, Michele McLellan, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Couldn't join us for Block by Block? Don't fret, there are many ways to participate online.

Michele McLellan: Newsroom reorganization reflects new priorities

Source Knight Digital Media Center on September 20, 2011 0 Comments
Michele McLellan, hyperlocal, Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Seattle Times recently reorganized its newsroom and the new structure recognizes three key roles for the organization: Creation, Curation, Community

RJI sponsorship helps KOMU take the plunge into social media news

Source TV News Check on September 20, 2011 0 Comments
KOMU, social media, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

KOMU Columbia, Mo., in DMA138, has taken the plunge into social media news, last week launching a 4 p.m. newscast that makes viewers an integral part of the show. And there’s a social media desk that includes two reporters tracking bloggers, Tweets and online conversations about topics making the news.

Brady Bunch boxes and U_News @ 4: Co-anchoring with Google Plus Hangouts

By Sarah Hill on September 11, 2011 2 Comments Blogs

Inside Google Plus, a new beta social networking site, is a news gathering goldmine that holds huge potential for us news miners. “Hangout” is a 10 person video chat room that is already transforming viewer interaction in mid-Missouri. I describe a Hangout as a free satellite truck attached to a built in crowd sourcing tool.

Michele McLellan on how hyperlocals should approach news

Source American Journalism Review on August 26, 2011 0 Comments
Michele McLellan, hyperlocal, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Michele McLellan shares her view on the ways people should approach news now.

Something special is happening in Seattle

By Janet Coats on August 12, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
Donald W. Reynolds Fellows

We were seated inside a West Seattle art gallery, the view out of the window a glorious sunset over the water.

In any other meeting, that view would have been distracting. But the conversation was so compelling, the sunset was over with barely a glance from me. Seated around me were representatives of Seattle’s news ecosystem — folks from traditional news organizations like The Seattle Times and ethnic media, from community startups and from the King County Library System.

Prototype to revenue stream: Reynolds Fellow starts multiple social journalism sites based on fellowship project

By Jane Stevens on August 11, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
Jane Stevens

If you've ever wondered what happens to big ideas once they leave the Reynolds Journalism Institute, check out 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow Jane Stevens' update below. She has taken the knowledge gained from her fellowship project, Niche News Network, and created successful social journalism websites in Lawrence, Kansas.

Guest commentary by Mike Fancher: A tipping point for journalism

Source STL Today on July 15, 2011 0 Comments
Mike Fancher, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

American journalism is at a tipping point. The Internet has disrupted the business model that underwrote local news for more than 100 years. The Great Recession made matters worse, resulting in local newspaper and television newsrooms dramatically cutting staffs and other news resources.

Highlights from the 2011 journalists engagement survey

By Joy Mayer on July 7, 2011 0 Comments News
Donald W. Reynolds Fellows 2010-2011

While editors at U.S. daily newspapers overwhelmingly say they think audience engagement has become an important part of practicing journalism, they're often not sure what that means or how to go about it. Many have yet to embrace tools that allow them to understand and interact with their audiences. Not even half of respondents said that they use social media to listen as well as share information, that they interact with readers in comments sections, or that they use their analytics reports to help make news decisions.

Mike Fancher identifies five strategic areas in new white paper

Source The Knight Commission on June 23, 2011 0 Comments
Mike Fancher, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

Re-Imagining Journalism: Local News for a Networked World, a new policy paper by Michael R. Fancher, identifies five strategic areas and specific ideas for promoting experimentation, collaboration and public engagement that are critical for reforming local journalism.