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FOIA Machine lubricates the wheels of access

Source Twin Cities Daily Planet on January 27, 2015 0 Comments

FOIA Machine, a Kickstarted open-source platform, free to the user, offers innovative features that may clear the path to the maze of public records. Initially supported with a John S. and James L.Knight Foundation Prototype grant,with support from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, FOIA Machine was put over the top by 2000 contributors to the Kickstarter campaign. In their Kickstarter promo FOIA Machine team leaders describe the project as designed 1) to automate submission of requests, 2) to track FOIA requests, and 3) to aggregate information about FOIA requests themselves.

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.

Local Fix: Envisioning a Local Social Newsroom, Money Talk, Stunning Visual Journalism at Small Sites

Source Local Fix on January 26, 2015 0 Comments

Luis Gomez at INN takes a close look at one environmental nonprofit newsroom which is being forced to reorganize in face of funding reduction. And over at the NAA website The Columbia Missourian talks about how it is making “significant revenue” from Google surveys. Finally, Nikki Usher at the Reynolds Journalism Institute rounds up 11 ways to get your news start-up funded.

Local Fix: News Events, Empathic Design, Finding Solutions and Fellowships

Source Local Fix on January 26, 2015 0 Comments

There are a number of great fellowship opportunities with deadlines approaching. These fellowships can give you space to pursue a great idea or develop a new project for your newsroom. Even if you don’t apply, the fellows at each of these places are often great resources and willing collaborators.

How Newsrooms Can Make the Most of Their Archives

Source NJ News Commons on January 26, 2015 0 Comments

Caged in by content management systems – Poor content management systems, sloppy tagging and other technical issues often hinder the use of news archives. Edward McCain of the Reynolds Journalism Institute wrote, “Starting with a new content management system can be exciting, but you should place a high priority on how you get out of that system. Will you be able to capture all the value you have invested in the metadata and formats you have created over the years?”

RJI seeks innovative ideas and projects for 2015-2016 Reynolds Fellowships

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. RJI is giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on mobile engagement and monetization; however, RJI staff also invites submission of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.

RJI Seeks Innovative Ideas for Reynolds Fellowship

Source Society of Professional Journalists on January 21, 2015 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. RJI is giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on mobile engagement and monetization; however, RJI staff also invites submission of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.

RJI seeks ideas and projects for Reynolds Fellowships

People and institutions are invited to submit applications to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism through the 2015-2016 Reynolds Fellowships. RJI is giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on mobile engagement and monetization; however, RJI staff also invites submissions of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.

Journalism innovation fellowship offered [Worldwide]

Source IJNet on January 21, 2015 0 Comments

The fellowship program, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), invites proposals from people who have innovative ideas to improve the practice or understanding of journalism.

RJI fellows focus on community and how tech affects news

Source Knight Digital Media Center on January 21, 2015 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute recently awarded 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, choosing projects that engage communities, grow news venue revenues and seek to make the most efficient use of new technology. Now funding its seventh class of fellowships, RJI has awarded a total of 51 fellows since 2004.

MobileVideoDIY is giving away 10 free mobile gear bags to student journalism programs

There is a great new resource for those interested in mobile video (and that should be every scholastic journalism staff) and they’re giving away some great gear.

RJI sets fellowship application deadline

Source News & Tech on January 14, 2015 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute announced the 
opening of the application period for its 2015-2016 Reynolds Fellowships. 


RJIonline: “Futures Lab update #56: Connecting smartphones with TV and with entertainment experiences”

Source Austin360 on January 14, 2015 0 Comments

“A new entertainment-related mobile app from the Austin American-Statesman illustrates one way news providers might expand their value to users. Vice President for Innovation and Planning Steve Dorsey explains how the Austin 360 app fits into a larger strategy to build a brand that connects its audience to real-world experiences. Reporting by Colin Hope and Reuben Stern."

Apple's new iPhone 6: What it means for your newsroom

Source World News Publishing Focus on January 14, 2015 0 Comments

Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) blogged on their website that Apple’s convergence of the smart-phone and mini-tablet will mean a better user experience.

Local Fix: Feedback Loops, Community Driven Revenue, and Hope for Local News

Source Local Fix on January 14, 2015 0 Comments

At the Reynolds Journalism Institute Nikki Usher argues that lack of hard numbers has led to a lack of investment in the sector. “And yet it’s local news that is suffering most and in need of the attention of VCs and others who can rethink how to recharge the profit and product of local news. VCs need to start taking risks on local news, for the sake of all of us, but with the potential for high return.”

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.

RJI seeks innovative ideas and projects for 2015-2016 Reynolds Fellowships

Source Kentucky Press Association on January 9, 2015 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. RJI is giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on mobile engagement and monetization; however, RJI staff also invites submission of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.

Media and journalism fellowships: January 2015 edition

Source EducationShift on January 9, 2015 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. RJI is giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on mobile engagement and monetization; however, RJI also invites submission of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism. There will be three formats awarded: residential fellows; non-residential fellows; and institutional fellows.

Newsrooms need innovation teams ASAP

Source MediaPost on January 9, 2015 0 Comments

Most journalists recognize the breathtaking pace of change taking place in our industry. The challenge for each of us lies in how we respond and adapt to these changes. This semester, the Missouri School of Journalism and Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute set out to test that adaptability in six of its newsrooms, creating a rapid-iteration, multiplatform content creation course that builds upon a far-reaching curriculum that prepares the next generation of journalists.

A journalist's definition of native advertising

Source NetNewsCheck on January 9, 2015 0 Comments

Jaci Smith, managing editor of the Faribault Daily News, lays out a glossary of key new terms for alternative revenue streams, from native advertising to branded content and sponsored content. She argues that journalists must take the lead in defining native ads and creating and implementing their ethical guidelines.