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Setting or chasing the agenda: Who controls the news? [UPDATED]

By RJI on March 3, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Setting or chasing the agenda: Who controls the news?

“Setting or chasing the agenda: Who controls the news?,” a Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute research brief, served as the basis of the panel discussion of the same name at Social Media Week Feb. 25 in New York City.

Anatomy of a science experiment

By Alex Remington on February 26, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Anatomy of a science experiment

As Paul Bolls and I finished our breakfast last week at the Broadway Diner, he said, “Let’s go set up a science experiment!” Thirteen hours later, we were just about ready.

How RJI, AP aim to bring academics, news industry together

By Randy Picht on February 19, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Chocolate and peanut butter

Accidental or intentional, the collision between media scholars and media executives remains an elusive event, especially now. Why? Why doesn’t the news industry join forces with academia like other industries like medicine, engineering and technology.

RJI and AP launch initiative to connect academics, media professionals for exchange of data and ideas

By RJI on February 19, 2015 0 Comments News
Associated Press

Who sets the news agenda in the social media age? How can news organizations maintain a sense of substance and gain useful insights from the community without falling victim to hype or hyperbole? These will be among the questions considered in a discussion led by The Associated Press at Social Media Week in New York on Feb. 25.

Exploring the future in three dimensions

By Clyde Bentley on February 6, 2015 1 Comment Blogs
Oculus VR

Why 3-D? Why now? And for heaven’s sake, why for journalism? The University of Missouri 3-D journalism project — MU3D — developed from a fortuitous meeting of professors from two very different professional schools.

Knight grant will help RJI develop born-digital-news preservation model

By Jennifer Nelson on January 30, 2015 0 Comments News

A $35,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge on libraries will help University of Missouri Libraries and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute develop a long-term model to protect born-digital news content from being lost forever.

Understanding the patterns of media use among young adults

By RJI on January 28, 2015 1 Comment Blogs
Mary Grigsby

During her 2014-2015 Reynolds Fellowship, Mary Grigsby, a professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri, is qualitatively examining young careerists’ changing media behaviors and how their motivations and preferences will influence current and future news products and services.

Nebraska’s newspapers team up to launch statewide job website

Source The Banner Press on January 27, 2015 0 Comments

Local newspapers continue to be the leading source for community information in small towns and cities, according to the 2013 Community Newspaper Readership Study conducted by The Reynolds Journalism Institute. The survey shows that two-thirds (67%) of people interviewed read a community newspaper at least once a week. Nearly half reported they preferred their newspaper’s website as their favored source of information for local news, compared to the local television’s website or independent sites, such as MSN or Yahoo.

MU Researcher Finds Newsrooms Use Web Analytics to Drive Decision-Making

Source NewsZou on January 13, 2015 0 Comments

Tandoc and RJI researcher Mike Jenner conducted a survey among 114 members of the American Society of News Editors to figure out the reach of Web analytics in newsrooms.

Mobile media users are more likely than non-users to find mainstream media outlets credible

Source Marketing Charts on January 2, 2015 0 Comments

Mobile media users are more likely than non-users to find mainstream media outlets credible, notes the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) in a recent survey. A recent Harris survey has more on consumers’ trust in news media.

Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

By Alex Remington on October 29, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

I'm interested in how readers process and remember news stories, and I'd like to better understand how stories can be made more comprehensible and memorable. This means I need to study the brain. I’ve spent my first few weeks of The Washington Post’s Reynolds Fellowship trying to brush up on the basics of psychophysiology.

Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

By Mary Grigsby on October 24, 2014 4 Comments Blogs
Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

I’m conducting research interviews to better understand media use motivations and preferences of 18- to 29-year-old careerists. Nine interviews in and I’m observing an interesting and unanticipated pattern from the data.

Credibility of mainstream news media fares better among mobile media users

By Roger Fidler on October 21, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

Mobile media users are more likely than nonusers to give higher credibility rankings to national newspapers and most other mainstream news media. They also tend to place greater importance on getting news every day and on the source of news.

Twitter survey finds journalists may have more leeway to insert some humor, opinion into local news tweets

By Jennifer Nelson on October 15, 2014 0 Comments News
Twitter bird

When it comes to local news, journalists may have more freedom to interject some opinion into tweets, according to a recent survey of residents in two major U.S. metropolitan areas. However, survey participants indicated that they preferred objective or impartial tweets about national news.

From free to fee: How U.S. dailies decide to use paywalls

Source American Press Institute on September 23, 2014 0 Comments

University of Missouri School of Journalism scholars Mike Jenner, Esther Thorson, and Anna Kim analyzed paywall practices by surveying 416 publishers, or designees such as executive editors, from daily newspapers across the U.S.

Larger screens on new iPhones should make reading news content more appealing

By Roger Fidler on September 9, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
iPhone 6

I’m willing to wager that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduced today will give a boost to news organizations as well as Apple. Samsung has already demonstrated that there’s a market for so-called “phablets.” The addition of Apple’s strong brand is certain to validate this marriage of smartphones and mini tablets.

Tablets tend to boost news consumption on smartphones and likelihood of paying for mobile news content

By Roger Fidler on August 19, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

Smartphone owners who also have tablets are much more likely to use their smartphones for consuming news organization content than those who do not have tablets, according to the latest mobile media survey from RJI.

Health app’s tailored news helps patients live better lives

By Jennifer Nelson on July 21, 2014 1 Comment News

During a doctor visit, patients check various boxes on information forms to provide insight about their medical history and current health conditions. This offers more focused care for the patient. Treepple, a University of Missouri-developed news application, uses a similar approach to gather data for a tailoring engine that generates health news content specific to individual users.

Seniors more likely to read news on tablets, size appeals to all ages for leisure reading and watching videos

By Roger Fidler on July 17, 2014 1 Comment News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

Both tablets and smartphones are used by a majority of owners for keeping up with the news, but tablets are used for news by a much higher percentage of owners aged 55 or older than by those aged 18-34.

Nearly all large tablet owners also use smartphones

By Roger Fidler on June 30, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

The pairing of large tablets with smartphones has important implications for news organizations. Nearly 9 in 10 large tablet owners also use smartphones according to the latest mobile media survey from RJI. Only 4 in 10 smartphone owners said they also used large tablets.