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Where in the world is this news coming from?

By Jennifer Nelson on February 24, 2015 0 Comments News

Syria is frequently in the news, but could you find it on a map? Seeing people’s general lack of geographic knowledge while discussing world news motivated a University of Missouri student to create Gistory, a news startup that helps people identify where news events are happening in the world.

Native advertising: New or old, good or bad? | LMA 2014

By Brian Steffens on October 7, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Local Media Association

Love it or hate it, native advertising seems to be the hot topic of 2014 for news organizations seeking new avenues of revenue to support journalism. So I was prepared to be very skeptical when Lewis DVorkin, chief product officer of Forbes Media, spoke about the radical changes at Forbes during the Local Media Association annual convention.

Futures Lab update #74: card stacks and Bloomberg QuickTakes

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on September 10, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How could complicated news be better explained? We explore some examples.

RJI in your inbox

By RJI on June 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
RJI newsletters

Welcome to RJI’s new newsletter system. We’re implementing a new management system in July that will allow you to subscribe to one or more of our newsletters and updates based on your interests.

Futures Lab update #30: The future of wire services and a truth layer for the Internet

By Reuben Stern on October 8, 2013 0 Comments Blogs

What if newspapers stopped subscribing to wire services? And what if the Internet had an automatic truth filter?

"The Practice of Journalism: Privacy, security and the First Amendment"

By RJI on September 25, 2013 0 Comments Blogs
"The Practice of Journalism: Privacy, security and the First Amendment"

The First Amendment was created to protect the free flow of information to citizens. Journalists serve as a proxy for the public. What are the flash points and decision trees we must wrestle with regarding the essential issues of privacy, national security and the definition of a member of the press?

Reynolds Fellow driven to help journalists, consumers improve the quality, credibility of information in the social stream

By Jennifer Nelson on September 17, 2013 0 Comments News
Chris Shipley

“Information — accurate or otherwise — travels at the speed of a ‘like’ button,” says technology journalist Chris Shipley.

ASNE13 Day 2: Diversity, news literacy

By RJI on June 26, 2013 0 Comments Blogs

The second day of the annual ASNE convention included conversations about diversity in the newsroom and challenges facing news literacy.

Was this the "year of sustainability" for publishers?

By Lisa Skube on December 19, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
Blue Chinese dragon

2012 launched rich with promise as the Year of the Dragon was predicted to yield high risks and high returns. We invite you to join the conversation right now!

Free to Tweet: Celebrate First Amendment and compete for $5,000 scholarship

By RJI on November 20, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
Free to Tweet

During a 15-day online celebration of First Amendment rights, Dec. 1-15, high school and college students nationwide can win one of five $5,000 scholarships through the "Free to Tweet" competition.

Social game promotes Mizzou spirit while engaging young people in news

By Jennifer Nelson on September 21, 2012 0 Comments News

University of Missouri football fans now have the opportunity to win money by watching football and sharing their SEC season game day experience via a social game.


By Brian Steffens on December 14, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

What's 220 years old yet remarkably vibrant still today?

Serendipitous News Reading Online is Gaining Prominence, Study Shows

By RJI on December 1, 2011 0 Comments News

Traditional media, such as newspapers and television news, require readers and viewers to intentionally seek out news by picking up a newspaper or turning on the television. The Internet and new technologies now are changing the way readers consume online news. New research shows that Internet users often do not make the conscious decision to read news online, but they come across news when they are searching for other information or doing non-news related activities online, such as shopping or visiting social networking sites.

RJI produces annual IPI Report

By RJI on September 26, 2011 0 Comments News
IPI Report Media and Money

"Media and Money: Worldwide economic upheaval changes the shape of news," this year's annual IPI Report, brought together top journalists from around the world to address the international upheavals in economics and journalism. Edited, produced and published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) for the International Press Institute, several industry leaders associated with RJI contributed to the work. The annual IPI Report was released Monday during the IPI World Congress in Taipei, co-edited by Marty Steffens, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Endowed Chair in Business and Financial Journalism, and Randy Smith, Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, both at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Other contributors to the Report from the Missouri School of Journalism and RJI include the Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies Amy McCombs, the Houston Harte Chair in Innovation Mike Jenner, 2010-2011 Reynolds Fellow David Cohn, recently retired and former Lee Hills Chair Stuart Loory, and Director of Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Rick Shaw.

Meet Paul Bolls

By RJI on July 28, 2011 0 Comments News
2011-2012 Reynolds Fellow

By understanding how news readers unconsciously process news, Paul Bolls expects to come up with smarter ways to deliver both news and advertising. Bolls, co-director of the Psychological Research on Information and Media Effects, or PRIME, lab at the Missouri School of Journalism, has spent more than a decade making the connections between the human brain and how we're programmed to process media.

J-games: What do players think?

By Anne Derryberry on April 14, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Anne Derryberry, 2010-2011 fellowAnne Derryberry, 2010-2011 Fellow

For some months, and particularly since a cadre of interested folk convened (alas, without me) a couple of weeks ago at the University of Minnesota’s Journalism Center, there has been an on-going discussion about newsgames and the “gamification” of news, mostly on the Mediashift Idea Lab blog.

How project Argo members communicate across time zones

Matt Thompson, Reynolds fellow, Context-centric News Websites

Project Argo is an ambitious undertaking. It involves networking NPR with 12 member stations spanning three time zones with a different mix of bloggers and editors at each station. The stations cover a variety of regionally focused, nationally resonant topics that range from climate change to local music.

Jennifer 8. Lee, Matt Thompson join CPI Board

Source Poynter on March 22, 2011 0 Comments
Matt Thompson, Reynolds Fellow, Context-centric News Websites

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Former New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee “thinks and works at the cutting edge of our digital 21st century journalism,” says Center for Public Integrity executive director William E. Buzenberg. NPR editorial product manager Matt Thompson “has been creating all-important community journalism for some time and I will very much value his insights and advice.” Both have served on Poynter’s National Advisory Board.

How do J-schools measure success?

By David Cohn on March 14, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

David Cohn, 2010-2011 FellowDavid Cohn, 2010-2011 Fellow

As my last post insinuated – I find the private conversations in the hallways or over lunch to be the best part of SXSW. The panels are fantastic, but I greatly value the chance to meet folks from other industries, mindsets here at SXSW.

I ran into Clay Shirky as he was going to get something to eat and asked if I wanted to join. How could I pass up an opportunity like that? Before you accuse me of being a Shirky fanboy, let me proclaim it myself and move on.

How social media is science fiction

Source The Atlantic on March 14, 2011 0 Comments
Matt Thompson, Context-centric News, Reynolds fellow

"We wanted to talk like humans up here. No slides," cracked Annalee Newitz at the start of Sunday's panel on how social media is science fiction. Newitz is a prolific, amazing tech writer, and editor-in-chief of Gawker's scifi blog, io9.