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By Brian Steffens on May 31, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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RJI's selection of links from around the web concerning ideas, experiments, research, solutions, innovations and commentary of interest to entrepreneurs working to connect journalism, communities and businesses.

Reynolds Fellow Jen Reeves helps newsroom, community use Facebook as key hub after Joplin tornado

RJI, Reynolds Fellows, Jen Reeves

After the disaster in Joplin, Mo., Jen Reeves and NBC affiliate KOMU turned to Facebook to obtain and share information with the local community. Fans are using the page now to share news, photos, videos, information on relief efforts, and in general, to connect with each other in a time of crisis.

Honoring an original citizen media watchdog with a new community-information resource for small towns

By Bill Densmore on May 21, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Bill DensmoreBill Densmore, 2008-2009 Fellow

Around the nation, entrepreneurs are testing methods for delivering news that matters to small communities -- without the legacy costs of newsprint, presses and delivery. In the small New England college town of Williamstown (pop. 7,500) a non-profit organization begun in the 1980s has revived and turned to testing the waters of a new approach. RJI consulting fellow Bill Densmore is among those helping.

RJI links

By Brian Steffens on May 18, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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Did your workweek get away from you? Anxious or afraid you missed something you should know? RJI shares links to hot-topic web posts of interest to those immersed in journalism innovation and transition.

Joy Mayer brings industry leaders to RJI for community engagement brainstorm

Source Chicago Tribune on May 13, 2011 0 Comments
Joy Mayer, RJI, community engagement

In key places, journalism is being reimagined and rebuilt.

One of those places is at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri and many of the other journalism schools I've visited with in the Midwest. They're digging in -- just as we're trying to do at the Chicago Tribune. And it's gratifying.

Good advice interspersed with real missteps in ASNE's social media best practices

By Joy Mayer on May 12, 2011 4 Comments Blogs

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The American Society of News Editors has released its social media best practices for news organizations, researched and written by Politico's James Hohmann.

The pdf includes really interesting and helpful sample social media policies, and I highly recommend holding onto those as a resource. (The Guardian's policy specifically is one I really admire.)

There's a lot in this document that's good. It presents 10 key takeaways, and offers some really useful teachable moments and policy excerpts for each. I applaud ASNE for making this available, and I hope it starts some good conversations.

I also disagree with some of the findings. Here are my quick reactions to the paper's 10 key points

Block By Block 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - Saturday, October 1, 2011 Events
Block by Block 2011 Hosted by Michele McLellan and Jay Rosen

Join co-hosts Michele McLellan and Jay Rosen for a lively and informative gathering of online community news entrepreneurs. Share your best practices, progress and challenges with fellow local news pioneers and learn from their experiences as well.

Watch Block by Block 2011 Video

Terms of engagement

Source Knight Digital Media Center on May 3, 2011 0 Comments
Joy Mayer, Knight Digital Media Center, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Online engagement is an amorphous term that represents scary change for many of us who come from traditional journalism. So Joy Mayer’s work in breaking it down into practical chunks and examples represents a significant contribution to help newsrooms better understand what they might do.

Hold still, engagement might pinch a little

By Joy Mayer on May 3, 2011 1 Comment Blogs
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Kelly Moffitt is a Mizzou journalism student. She is working with Joy Mayer this semester on what journalists can learn from other disciplines. She contributed this post to Joy’s blog.

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 59 percent of American adults look for health information online. In fact, this type of query is the third most common Internet activity, after using email and search engines. The fourth most common? News-related searches.

While the news industry grapples with the changes the Internet has brought on, health professionals are engaged in a not-too-unsimilar struggle to keep up. The interplay between authority and engagement is a factor in both worlds.

Hardly Strictly Young - the Aftermath

By David Cohn on May 2, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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This is a summary of the event that took place at the Reynolds Journalism Institute on April 17th-19th made possible by the Knight Foundation and RJI.

Highlights from Joy Mayer's community engagement fellowship blog

By Joy Mayer on May 2, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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Interviews and blog highlights from Joy Mayer's community engagement fellowship

Engagement lessons from outside journalism

By Joy Mayer on April 26, 2011 2 Comments News
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It’s the story of all time. Boy meets girl. Boy wants girl. Boy moves heaven and earth to get girl’s attention. Girl makes it difficult. And this is the dance of engagement. No, not matrimonial engagement, but to be highly involved with something. That something can be a message, a cause, a campaign, a discussion or a product. Engagement in this context is the awakening of the senses towards something of interest. For many, engaging the right audience spells success. Ignoring them or having them ignore you is a recipe for disaster. In this article, key points on engagement are offered in aim to bring this intriguing subject to light.

RJInnovation Week 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011 - Friday, April 29, 2011 Events
RJInnovation Week

Monday: Center for the Digital Globe Conference

Tuesday: Digital Publishing Alliance Meeting/Symposium

Wednesday & Thursday: Opportunites and early lessons --  from the Reynolds Fellows

Thursday & Friday: Fellows Research and Reunion

Hardly Strictly Young roundtable: alternative Knight Commission recommendations

Source on April 19, 2011 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, RJI

Data, context and engagement were the themes of the Hardly. Strictly. Young. event at the University of Missouri Reynolds Journalism Institute this week, says Michael Maness, the Knight Foundation Vice President of Journalism and Media Innovation.

The Engagement Metric

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - Thursday, May 5, 2011 Events
The Engagement Metric

Measuring the effectiveness of outreach, conversation & collaboration

Consensus on journalist-library collaboration begins to emerge at “Beyond Books” event co-sponsored by RJI

By Bill Densmore on April 8, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Bill DensmoreBill Densmore, 2008-2009 Fellow

A draft consensus statement for journalist/librarian collaboration is circulating after garnering support at “Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy and America’s Libraries,” a two-day Journalism That Matters symposium in Cambridge April 6-7 co-sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

At the crossroads of journalists and librarians, we find community engagement

By Joy Mayer on April 7, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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I’ve been at an inspiring workshop the last day and a half. Beyond Books, sponsored by Journalism That Matters and RJI, among others, brought together librarians, journalists and activists. You can see the program, the session recaps and a list of attendees online.

The basic idea is that these groups of people share a common mission of improving their communities through information. Say all you want about journalistic cynicism and profit-chasing. I believe most of the journalists I’ve had the pleasure to work with would say they got into the news biz because they feel like it’s a way of making the world a better place, whether they’re doing that by improving democracy or building connections through storytelling.

Carnival roundup NO. 3: Driving innovation #JCARN

Source Carnival of Journalism on March 31, 2011 0 Comments
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The first four months of this "carnival" will discuss topics leading up to a conference at RJI organized by David Cohn and made possible by the Knight Foundation. After that - it'll be wide open for the participating bloggers to steer.

The value of theory in driving innovation in journalism

Source on March 30, 2011 0 Comments screenshot

The challenge here isn’t a lack of new ‘innovative’ products; it is adopting what is often called a digital mindset.
This is the key to driving innovation, the focus of the latest round of the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Carnival of Journalism project.

Why the New York Times' pay model is similar to NPR and Spot.Us

David Cohn, DigiDave, RJI fellow

From the launch of Spot.Us, I've always said the following:
Anyone can tackle the crowdfunded journalism model. In fact, NPR could do it tomorrow and blow me out of the water. It's just about being transparent and giving up control over how donation money gets spent.