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Fellow Brian Houston featured on NPR show

Source NPR on October 29, 2012 0 Comments
Brian Houston, Mitchell S. McKinney, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, have been important parts of this year's presidential campaigns. As Americans prepare to head to the polls, experts discuss social media's influence on politics, and whether Twitter can predict who will win the election.

Four #dmndebates down, the real Twitter research begins

Source Dallas Morning News on October 23, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

The real research now begins over at Mizzou, where professors are going to look at the regional tweeters, follow-up with some of them (more on that in the next few weeks) and then analyze the impact of Twitter use in debate viewing and coverage.

Chicago Photography Center to showcase POYi's historic White House photos

Source Chicago Photography Center on October 23, 2012 0 Comments
POYi, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Pictures of the Year International’s (POYi) historical exhibition ‘The Presidential Image: 70 Years of the Best in White House Photography,’ is coming to the Chicago Photography Center Nov. 2 – 24 (Chicago Photography Center).

Reynolds Fellow weighs in as Obama, Romney face off on foreign policy

Source STL Beacon on October 22, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

McKinney said the more aggressive stance Romney had taken in the first two debates “was more subdued tonight by the intimate environment of this roundtable chat. On the other hand, Barack Obama’s ‘professorial’ style seemed more suited to this more deliberative discussion.”

True innovation in local news organizations still lacking

Source StreetFight on October 19, 2012 0 Comments
Matt Sokoloff, advertising networks, Reynolds Fellow, RJI

It’s exciting to see many local news organizations transforming into “digital first” operations. After many years of slow progress, traditional media entities are finally taking the necessary steps to join the modern world of socially driven, 24/7 digital news. But while these are certainly steps in the right direction, it’s unclear that they are helping drive revenue, build working business models, or spur true product innovation.

MU professors partner with RJI in Twitter analysis

Source The Maneater on October 19, 2012 0 Comments
Brian Houston, Mitchell S. McKinney, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Mitchell McKinney and Brian Houston, fellows at the institute and associate professors of communication, are trying to make sense of the chorus of tweets. They are heading a team of graduate student researchers in order to study how debate viewers use Twitter to respond to candidates’ performances.

Fellow David Cohn answers: So how is Circa different from writing articles?

Source MediaShift Ideas Lab on October 19, 2012 0 Comments
David Cohn, Reynolds Fellow, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Circa is a new type of mobile news app that collects the "atomic units" of stories -- facts, quotes and images -- and puts them into running stories with alerts to updates.

Dallas debate tweeters rock: Nearly 1,000 tweets logged on #dmndebate during the second Obama-Romney showdown

Source Dallas Morning News on October 17, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

As we’ve mentioned before, we are working with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri to track reaction to the presidential debates on Twitter. We’ve been steadily building, but DMN readers, using the hashtag #dmndebate, outdid themselves with Tuesday night’s second Barack Obama/Mitt Romney faceoff, logging nearly 1,000 tweets during the 90-minute debate.

Reynolds Fellow weighs in on presidential debate format

Source STL Beacon on October 16, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

McKinney, an expert on presidential debates, said in an interview that the town-hall format tends to be “the least attack-oriented” of presidential debate forums.

Fellow weighs in as Obama, Romney clash in combative town hall debate

Source STL Beacon on October 16, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

The 90-minute encounter presented a stark contrast to their first debate, during which a more passive Obama had failed to challenge some of Romney’s assertions. On Tuesday, Obama sought to control the discussion, often confronting Romney on issues such as the auto bailout, taxes and China outsourcing.

Fellow says viewers will receive greatest benefit in presidential town hall debate

Source Newsroom America on October 15, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

Citizens at home viewing the town hall presidential debate may be the greatest beneficiaries from the event, according to Mitchell S. McKinney, a University of Missouri associate professor of communication and presidential debate expert.

Breaking news is broken and Circa wants to fix it

Source All Things D on October 15, 2012 0 Comments
David Cohn, Reynolds Fellow, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Circa, which launches today for iPhones after nearly a year of secrecy, is a news app designed specifically for mobile. Its modest goal: To completely overhaul breaking news and the experience of receiving updates on a developing story.

Reynolds Fellow David Cohn talks Circa

Source Digidave.org on October 15, 2012 0 Comments
David Cohn, Reynolds Fellow, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

In April, just on the heels of leaving Spot.Us, I announced joining the team at Circa as the founding editor. Six month’s later – I’m happy to point to our new website and more importantly our new App which is available in the Apple App Store (If you like the App – feel free to give it a review!).

MU researchers find outlook optimistic for print media

Source Maneater on October 12, 2012 0 Comments
Mike Jenner, pay models, pay walls, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Even with the loss of advertising revenue and subscriptions, newspaper publishers hold an optimistic view of the future of print journalism, a study conducted by MU researchers found.

We want your help with a Twitter experiment to gauge reaction to the vice presidential debate

Source Dallas Morning News on October 10, 2012 0 Comments
Mitchell S. McKinney, politics, presidential debate, RJI

With the help of our partner researchers at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, we’ll share highlights and trends of what sparked the most reaction, pro and con.

Newspapers bullish on print editions, study finds

Source Columbia Tribune on October 6, 2012 0 Comments
Mike Jenner, pay models, pay walls, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Despite an economic downturn that has forced newspapers to cut staff in recent years, publishers of U.S. daily newspapers are optimistic about the future of their industry, according to a University of Missouri study.

Hyperlocal online ads are about to get a lot bigger — billboard-sized

Source StreetFight on October 5, 2012 0 Comments
Matt Sokoloff, advertising networks, Reynolds Fellow, RJI

The next time you are in your doctor’s office, at the mall or at the local sports arena, the ad that you see on a plasma TV display or a digital kiosk could have been purchased and placed there using the same type of system advertisers are using today to buy and place online display ads.

Newspaper publishers optimistic about future…but

Source Grumpy Editor on October 4, 2012 0 Comments
Mike Jenner, pay models, pay walls, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

While newspaper publishers are optimistic about the future and digital platforms, more than 40 percent see declining staffs as a serious threat, finds a survey from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, notes Grumpy Editor.

Twitter hits records during Obama-Romney debate

Source Dallas News on October 4, 2012 0 Comments
Brian Houston, Mitchell S. McKinney, Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Dallas Morning News worked with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri to try to make sense of the cacophony by looking at how reactions in North Texas and other parts of the country compared to the broader Twitterverse.

Newspaper publishers optimistic about the future, RJI survey shows

Source Newsroom America on October 3, 2012 0 Comments
Mike Jenner, pay models, pay walls, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

In the largest survey of its kind, Michael Jenner, the Houston Harte Endowed Chair at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU, found that nearly two-thirds of responding publishers expressed optimism for the future, while only 4 percent of respondents were not optimistic about the industry.