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Hacks/Hackers new executive director is planning for growth

Source Media Bistro on October 14, 2014 0 Comments

Jeanne Brooks, Hacks/Hackers first executive director, has come up with a plan to help the global journalism and technology group bolster its numbers as well as its impact.

Enough with the manifestos about the future of news, let your product do the talking

Source Poynter on October 10, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve worked on several projects and endeavors over the years. Some of them are now shut down, some of them like Circa are currently kicking butt. But all of them were manifestos. They were all applied critiques of the news process. Emphasis on “applied.”

Observations from the media

Source Muck Rack on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

In journalistic analysis, the Columbia Journalism Review observes that "good news is good business" ... but it still isn't a cure-all for journalism (192 shares). Meanwhile, the Reynolds Journalism Institute has just released the first of a five-part series based on 50 interviews with journalists, and this installment breaks down how journalists are embracing the innovation of Twitter (25 shares).

And special thanks to The Onion for brightening our news day with the piece and accompanying picture: Obama Currently Being Chased In Background Of Secret Service Hearing.

Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference, Nov. 20

Source Arkansas Publisher Weekly on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
(RJI) is inviting industry professionals to the second
Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference this fall and
the price of admission is two successful ideas –
proven winners that generated revenue, boosted
readership or improved your operation. The
Potter Conference will bring together community
news executives and leaders at the Missouri
School of Journalism for an exchange and dialogue
of best practices that will help sustain local
journalism, especially in small and rural markets.
The two-day event will be held November 20-
21 at RJI in Columbia, Mo. All participants will be
permitted to bring up to three colleagues from
their outlet or media group. For more information
or to apply: www.rjionline.org/events/potter14.

As David Cohn exits, Circa looks to double its editorial team

Source Poynter on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

Circa’s chief content officer David Cohn will exit the company after two-and-a-half years for a job at a broadcast network, CEO Matt Galligan announced to his staff Friday.

With Cohn’s departure (no specific date on that yet), editor-in-chief Anthony De Rosa will assume full responsibility for editorial operations at Circa. De Rosa was brought on board in May 2013, and Cohn’s impending move — and last week’s launch of the latest edition of the Circa app — made this a good time to streamline how the news team is organized, Galligan said.

“I think it is one of the most interesting endeavors in journalism right now, bar none,” Cohn said of Circa, adding that it has led the growing movement of structured journalism.

RJI Futures Lab update #68: Rethinking the story mix and training citizen videographers

Source Curation Empire on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

This week we find out how online news startup Ozy is rethinking news content, and we learn how human rights group Witness works with citizens to generate video reports from the ground.

Our weekly program is hosted by Reuben Stern of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

For more information and supplementary links that complement this video, visit our website: http://www.rjionline.org/futures-lab-update/068-ozy-content-story-mix-wi...

How small newspapers can cover local elections well

Source American Press Institute on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

Scott Swafford, a 2013–2014 Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri, looked at 292 articles from 28 newspapers with circulations less than 50,000 (most far less) and found that there was very little horse-race coverage, but in many cases there was very little coverage at all. He shares his lessons in this presentation.

iPad satisfaction starts high and rises, University of Missouri study finds

Source Biz Journals on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

It’s safe to say that the iPad is different.

Nearly 15 months after the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad’s debut, owners report “exceptionally high” satisfaction levels that appear to increase over time, according to University of Missouri research.

“It’s unusual for new technology devices,” Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing at MU’s Reynolds Journalism Institute, said in a release. “In most cases, satisfaction tends to drop off significantly after about 13 weeks. That clearly is not the trend with the iPad.”

Is journalism education changing fast enough?

Source Mediashift on October 1, 2014 0 Comments

Last week at the Online News Association convention in Chicago, we did a “lighting round” on our update of Searchlights and Sunglasses, the free digital learning resource Knight Foundation offered up last year to journalism education.

Startup site manifestos are press criticism

Source Columbia Journalism Review on September 26, 2014 0 Comments

They all have mission statements speaking to what is missing from news and how they plan to fix it.

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.

Tablets Boost News Use on Smartphones

Source Net News Check on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

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 the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Smartphone owners with tablets also are more likely to pay for subscriptions to mobile news content and to use smartphone newspaper apps.

Free stuff: Telling stories with data

Source CNPA on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

A new e-book, "Data + Design: A Simple Introduction to Preparing and Visualizing Information," takes the mystery out of collecting and using data to tell stories using visually engaging tools and techniques.

Reynolds Journalism Institute to host “Innovation in Community Newspapers Conference

Source Nebraska Press Association on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting industry professionals to the “Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers,” Nov. 20-21, 2014.

The price of admission is two successful ideas that generated revenue, boosted readership or improved the news operation in some way. The conference will bring together industry leaders to the Missouri School of Journalism for two days of exchange and dialogue of best practices that will help sustain local journalism, especially in small and rural markets.

Participants will bring a couple ideas of their own and go home with several other ideas to try.

9 Media Startups to Present at Collab/Space Chicago

Source MediaShift on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

Encouraged by the great feedback we received following last month’s Collab/Space in New York highlighting intrapreneurial projects, we’re now taking Collab/Space to Chicago to workshop promising media startups in the Midwest and beyond. Collab/Space Chicago will take place at TechNexus’ headquarters in the Lyric Opera Building, on September 24, the day before the ONA14 conference.

Study links tablets, smartphones to news consumption

Source News & Tech on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

A new study from Reynolds Journalism Institute found that smartphone users who also have tablets are much more likely to use their smartphones for consuming news content than those who do not have tablets.

Smartphone users with tablets are also more likely to pay for subscriptions to mobile news content and to use smartphone newspaper apps. More than 77 percent of smartphone owners who also have a tablet said they use their smartphone to consume content provided by news organizations vs. 62 percent of those who don’t own tablets. The influence of tablets on mobile news consumption was greatest among smartphone owners aged 55 or older. Those who paired their smartphone with their tablet were much more likely to have annual household incomes of $75,000 or more, and to have college degrees.

'Data+Design': free ebook released for data visualisation

Source Journalism.co.uk on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

A free ebook on data visualisation was launched earlier this week to make the practice more accessible to those without specialised training.

Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of crowdfunded data visualisation start-up Infoactive, started work on Data + Design after receiving a request for data tutorials from a contributor. The ebook was also made available as an open source project on GitHub.

"One of our goals for the book was to make it easier for people that are more design-oriented," Chiasson told Journalism.co.uk, "or communications-oriented, or don't have that background in statistics, to be able to make sense of data and understand what they need to know, because a lot of text books about data are written by technical people and never edited for non-technical audiences.

"So a big part of this for us was making a guide that's very conversational and very friendly, something that designers would want to read rather than something that designers look at and they say 'oh you know this is a lot of maths talk, this isn't for me'."

MIT Technology Review Names Chris Shipley to Live Events Team as Executive Producer

Source Review Seeker on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today, MIT Technology Review announced the addition of Chris Shipley to its live events team. In her role as executive producer, Shipley will draw on her years of experience in both media and events to conceptualize, program, and produce new and unique live-event experiences for the global media company.

LIONshare could put millions in ad revenue in coffers of local media publishers

Source SNPA on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

By Conrad Jungmann – Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
Over the next year, RJI and LION Digital Media will be transforming LIONshare® from an internal system into an open platform called LIONshare® Media Planner that can be freely accessed by all digital marketers and publishers. Here is a breakdown of what they are building.

What drives a successful digital strategy? Some ideas from New York Public Radio

Source LNR on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

RJI :: We visited their office and sat down with Thomas Hjelm, executive vice president and chief digital officer, to find out what drives their success across platforms.

Read Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise, www.rjionline.org