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Creating innovative mobile products for emerging markets

Source SNPA on March 17, 2014 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute's Mobile First symposium on March 31-April 1 has reached full capacity and registrations are no longer being accepted. But the event will be streamed live during both days. Sign up to watch the live stream. If you have questions about attendance, please click here.
Speaker spotlight: Will Sullivan

Of the 7 billion people on Earth, 5 billion people don't have access to the Internet, says Will Sullivan, director of mobile at the Broadcasting Board of Governors and a guest speaker at this month's Mobile First symposium.

Tribune launches data-mapping site called Neighborhoods

Source The Columbia Tribune on March 17, 2014 0 Comments

The Tribune Sunday unveiled a new data-mapping website called Neighborhoods that offers residents an easy way to see what's going on where they live.

The website, which represents the nation's first large-scale deployment of the OpenBlock software, features arrest reports, emergency dispatch activity, tweets that include location information, restaurant inspections, Tribune news stories and more, with most of the data being served up in real time. Users of the site also can post "Neighbor Messages" to share information with their neighbors. The data can be filtered by location and topic and viewed on a map or in a list.

NDX Releases “FSIs By-The-Numbers” Showcasing Market Penetration and Engagement

Source Digital Journal on March 17, 2014 1 Comment

St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) March 11, 2014

NDX, an advertising technology and services company, in collaboration with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, today released Newspaper FSIs By-The Numbers, a comprehensive review of market penetration and engagement for newspaper freestanding inserts (FSIs) compiled from the NDX Source database of newspaper product, publication and distribution records. The report includes market coverage information of 325 million Gross Impressions per week from 5,146 publications in 210 DMAs (Designated Marketing Areas) and 32,772—or 80%--of total US zip codes.

'Pictures of the Year International' award given to AA's photojournalist

'Pictures of the Year International' award given to AA's photojournalist

Anadolu Agency’s photojournalist, Mosaab Elshamy, was given the Award of Excellence in the world’s most important media photo contests “Pictures of the Year International” (POYi).

Express-News photographer Lisa Krantz wins honors

Lisa Krantz

San Antonio Express-News photographer Lisa Krantz took first-place honors in the Pictures of the Year International Competition presented by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Smartphones vs. tablets: who uses what and how?

Smartphones vs. Tablets

Approximately sixty-seven percent of American adults use some kind of mobile device, whether it be a smartphone or a tablet. But who are they exactly? It’s important to know, especially if you are serving up mobile ads.

On a Budget: Creating Engaging Infographics

Source Editor & Publisher on February 13, 2014 0 Comments

Newsrooms with limited resources now have a simple tool that can turn complex data into interactive graphics. Just by dragging and dropping the data, Infoactive turns numbers into stories that will engage with readers.

Newseum to Exhibit "Pictures of the Year" Photography Winners Beginning April 2014

Source Digital Journal on February 3, 2014 0 Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2013

Winners of the World's Oldest Photojournalism Competition Go on Display in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April 25, 2014, the Newseum will open "Pictures of the Year," an exhibit that showcases dramatic, award-winning images of the people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2013. The display will spotlight the best news images from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), the oldest photojournalism contest in the world. Some of the top awards honor the Newspaper Photographer of the Year and Freelance/Agency Photographer of the Year, as well as photographs that contribute to community awareness, global vision and world understanding.

MTC, Mizzou will gain from Newsy's exit

Source St. Louis Business Journal on December 16, 2013 1 Comment

The Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) made its first-ever investment in Newsy in 2009.

A Hyperlocal Network Grows in Brooklyn

Source Street Fight on November 25, 2013 0 Comments

Liena Zagare started several hyperlocal news blogs in Brooklyn eight years ago, then, in 2011, sold them to Patch when she became special projects editor for AOL’s new community-based network. But nine months later she left Patch and, after a brief time as editor in the parenting vertical at Huffington Post, returned to her “real love” — community news.

She created a site in her family’s Brooklyn home neighborhood of Ditmas Park and then, through her Corner News Media company, expanded to three neighboring communities. Street Fight spoke with Zagare recently about the keys to success for her sites, and what may be next for her fledgling hyperlocal network in New York City’s hottest borough.

Data visualisation tool Infoactive aims for 2014 launch

Source on November 22, 2013 0 Comments

A new tool which journalists will be able to use to create engaging infographics hopes to launch in public beta in March next year.

Former FounderFuel startup Infoactive eyes a few big months ahead

Source BetaKit on November 21, 2013 0 Comments

Former FounderFuel startup InfoActive and its CEO Trina Chaisson have slowly plied away at their trade since graduating the Montreal-based accelerator program in November 2012. Soon all the patience will result in something tangible.

Trina Chiasson launches Kickstarter campaign for Infoactive

Source Tech Cocktail on November 21, 2013 0 Comments

Trina Chiasson, CEO of Infoactive, yesterday launched her inaugural Kickstarter campaign. She is in the process of building a Web app that pulls live data streams into interactive, responsive images that bring infographics to life on websites.

How to make infographics with zero design skills

Source on November 20, 2013 0 Comments

Data isn’t sexy, and getting you to think it is takes a lot of work. Enter startup InfoActive, which plans to break infographics wide open and make it simple and easy for anyone looking to present their data in a way that’s both visually interesting and interactive.

Vote set on merger of Beacon, St. Louis Public Radio

Source St. Louis Beacon on November 20, 2013 0 Comments

After more than a year of discussion, two Grand Center neighbors are about to take the plunge in the belief that one news organization plus another news organization can add up to more than two.

Warren Buffett loves newspapers, but should you?

Source Motley Fool on November 19, 2013 0 Comments

Warren Buffett loves newspapers. Indeed, Buffett has regularly claimed that newspapers are in his blood. He has had a fascination with them ever since he started his first job as a newspaper boy. Many other investment managers have sniffed at this, disregarding the printed news industry as a dying breed. However, I'm of the opinion that Buffett has a point.

Futures Lab Video #34: Automated Video Editing and Mobile App Tools

Source MEDIASHIFT on November 14, 2013 0 Comments

PART 1: Automated video editing
Several companies offer software that can automatically edit clips and photos together into finished video stories. In other words: No video editing skills required to get edited video segments onto a website. Paula Batson of Magisto explains the possibilities for situations like breaking news.

Pushing Change in Journalism Education with Revamped EducationShift Section

Source MediaShift on November 14, 2013 0 Comments

When I launched PBS MediaShift back in January 2006, I wanted to focus our coverage on how digital disruption was changing various media businesses, from newspapers to magazines to TV to movies. But when I visited Ball State’s communication and journalism program in 2007, I realized that there was yet another institution about to be disrupted in a massive way: journalism education.

How can universities, colleges, professors and teachers prepare students for a real world in constant change? How can they give them the tools and mindset needed to succeed in digital media? So far, the results haven’t been impressive. A recent survey by Poynter Institute’s NewsU found that 96% of academics believe a journalism degree is “very” or “extremely” important for students to understand the values of journalism — while just 57% of professionals felt the same.

Futures Lab Video #35: Using Analytics in the Newsroom

Source mediashift on November 14, 2013 0 Comments

Reporting by Olga Kyle, Reuben Stern, Laura Davison, Teddy Nykiel.

This week the RJI Futures Lab explores how better use of analytics and user data could help newsrooms improve their coverage and connect with audiences.


Most news organizations track things like page views and unique visitors. But more sophisticated data, along with better use of the numbers, could help newsrooms improve their journalism. We recap four key ways newsrooms could be smarter with their metrics.

Project seeks to inform voters

Source on November 6, 2013 0 Comments

Covering local elections on ballot issues and for seats on city and town councils, boards of trustees, school boards and county commissions is one of the most important jobs a community newspaper can do. Too often, though, the demands of thorough election coverage prove difficult for the staffs of smaller newspapers to meet.