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Does your media organization use WordPress? We need your help

By Barrett Golding on July 24, 2015 2 Comments Blogs

RJI Fellow Barrett Golding is developing new plugins for journalists. He'll be surveying the industry in August to document the digital workflow of journalists who use WordPress.

BLOG: Avoid or endorse? — Politics can pose challenges for ethnic media

Source Northwest Asian Weekly on July 23, 2015 0 Comments

The truth is, many community publications avoid politics. In a 2014 study done by Scott Swafford for Donald Reynolds Journalism Institute, small papers with a circulation under 50,000 generally don’t cover elections.

Elements of brain-friendly design for news websites

By Alex Remington on July 20, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

In what we believe to be one of the first research studies to demonstrate the impact of online news presentation, we have concrete empirical evidence supporting a simple but important hypothesis: Better-designed stories are better for readers.

RJI Research Scholars to study viability, sustainability of long-form digital journalism

By RJI on July 2, 2015 0 Comments News
Jacqueline Marino

Three academicians — Robert Gutsche Jr., Susan Jacobson and Jacqueline Marino — will study the effectiveness and sustainability of long-form digital journalism on behalf of RJI. The three are the newest RJI Research Scholars.

Sales Champions: Exploring native advertising

Source Editor & Publisher on June 10, 2015 0 Comments

When Jaci Smith’s then-publisher came to her with the idea of bringing native advertising to the Faribault (Minn.) Daily News, the self-described hard-nosed journalist’s response was “Hell, no, I’m not writing an ad.” However, after six months of research and winning a fellowship with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute for 2014-2015, the former managing editor said she now believes native advertising is the future of newspaper advertising.

It is the journalists’ job to select the news and set the agenda. Should we relinquish it to the audience?

By Tim Vos on March 23, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Newspaper audience

Many newsrooms in an earlier era had several, seemingly good, reasons to pay little heed to real readers and viewers. So, what’s changed? Well, seemingly everything. The audience has almost always been a commodity; that’s just a lot harder for journalists to be indifferent about these days.

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.