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9 Innovation Projects to Present at Collab/Space New York

Source MediaShift on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

Fresh off last year’s successful and invigorating Collab/Space workshop in Atlanta, we’re bringing Collab/Space to New York City. This year’s event is hosted at the Ford Foundation’s beautiful headquarters on the east side, on July 8. The focus of the event is fostering innovation from within, and the workshop will hone and highlight the work of some of New York’s leading innovators.

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism is the event’s premier sponsor. We’ve partnered with RJI for the diversity and vitality of their work within journalism, including media convergence, editorial content and methods, the evolution of advertising, innovation in management and the impact of new technologies.

Participation in Collab/Space NYC entails inclusion in the collaborative workshop and the day’s networking opportunities, as well as access to the great group of speakers we’ve assembled. For this event, we’ve coordinated a veritable “meeting of the minds” in digital media, featuring a group of industry leaders and major players in cutting-edge media across disciplines. There will be rapid-fire presentations from these nine organizational projects, and the audience will help them identify their key problems. There will be breakout groups in the afternoon, with attendees learning improv comedy techniques to collaborate better and solve the projects’ challenges.

Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists

Source Poynter on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

When Dan Schultz first described Truth Goggles close to three years go, he deemed it a “magic button” that could tell you “what is true and what is false on the web site you are viewing.”

That concept – which Schultz refers to as the “fact-check the Internet approach” – attracted a decent amount of press and enthusiasm at the time. Schultz shipped some related code as a result of him developing the project while at the MIT Media Lab.

Today, nearly three years later, he’s released the first Truth Goggles product — and it’s a departure from that original vision.

Why Specialist Print Media Companies Will Thrive

Source The Motley Fool on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2013 Global Entertainment and Media Outlook indicated that domestic newspaper revenue is forecasted to decline by a 2.9% CAGR between 2013 and 2017, with a 4.2% drop in advertising offsetting slight improvement in circulations. This is hardly surprising.

Firstly, readers enjoy free access to basic headline stories via both online sources and free dailies. Secondly, general-purpose print media publications are losing favor with advertisers that prefer specialist media that are able to target specific readers with respect to demographics and interests.

Dr. Klive Oh Defends Dissertation

Source Merill.umd.edu on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Ph.D. candidate Klive Oh successfully defended his dissertation Wednesday, June 25 in Knight Hall. Dr. Oh’s dissertation was entitled: “What’s in a ‘like’? Influence of news audience engagement on the deliberation of public opinion in the digital public sphere.”

The dissertation committee members included:

Professor, Linda Steiner, Journalism – Committee Chair
Assoc. Professor, Ron Yaros, Journalism
Asst. Professor, Kalyani Chadha, Journalism
Asst. Professor, Sahar Khamis, Communication
Assoc. Professor, Xiaoli Nan, Communication – Dean’s Representative

Native advertising works for Netflix, NYT

Source KBIA on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

The New York Times has launched a multimedia report -- complete with video, audio and interactive graphics -- on what life is like for women in our federal prison system. It is native advertising, paid for by Netflix, as a promotion for its hit series, Orange is the New Black. Missouri School of Journalism professors Margaret Duffy, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

How much time do people spend browsing for news on their smartphones? Our infographic offers a hint.

Source Twitter on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

How much time do people spend browsing for news on their smartphones? Our infographic offers a hint.

J. Brian Houston Lauded for Research Activity

Source Missouri.edu on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

J. Brian Houston, assistant professor of communication, received a 2014 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, which is presented to junior faculty members who demonstrate superior research and creative activity.

Professor Mitchell McKinney, chair of the Department of Communication, highlighted Houston’s strengths in his nomination letter. “In just a few short years Brian has produced a record of scholarly achievement that is quite amazing in both its rate of productivity and also its level of conceptual sophistication and theoretical development.”

Thinktomi Welcomes Chris Shipley as Board Member

Source PR News Wire on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Chris Shipley, a leading technology analyst for more than 25 years, has joined the board of Thinktomi, a Silicon Valley company delivering high-impact entrepreneurship and business education to an audience of all ages and backgrounds.

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Since 1984, Chris Shipley has identified startups that are driving market disruption. As leader of the DEMO Conference (1996 to 2009), she helped more than 1,500 companies go to market. A journalist, analyst and innovative thinker, Chris focuses her work on entrepreneurs who are making sustainable impact in the world.

"A rapidly shifting global economy requires a workforce educated in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking, regardless of the field of endeavor," says Chris Shipley. "Thinktomi's approach to entrepreneurial education is smart, scalable and high impact and I'm delighted to join the company's Board and help steer the organization as it grows both domestically and internationally."

"Silicon Valley is the ideal location and Chris Shipley, with her rich Valley background, is the ideal board member to guide us as we continue to grow," says Thinktomi Co-Founder & CEO Manoj Fernando.

FOIA Machine Rolling Out In Beta

Source Pasco Phronesis on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

While the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was intended to make it easier for the public to access information about the activities of the U.S. government, successfully filing a FOIA request can feel like a full-time job. Navigating the exceptions in the law, and the bureaucrats who aren’t always inclined to release documents, certainly requires some effort.

Teachers selected to receive innovative training at 2014 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute

Source School Journalism on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

COLUMBIA, Missouri — The Youth Journalism Initiative of the American Society of News Editors will continue its national effort to inspire youth in the ever-changing world of journalism by training 140 secondary-school teachers at the 2014 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. The Institute provides comprehensive journalism training and hands-on experience.

Through the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute, teachers learn how to help students:

differentiate between fact, opinion and infotainment; understand bias, balance and fairness in news coverage by developing news literacy skills; and appreciate the importance of credible and verifiable news sources.
gain stronger reporting, writing, editing, multimedia, design and entrepreneurial skills needed to start or improve student news media organizations.
understand the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment and their rights and ethical responsibilities as student journalists.

RJI in your inbox

By RJI on June 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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Welcome to RJI’s new newsletter system. We’re implementing a new management system in July that will allow you to subscribe to one or more of our newsletters and updates based on your interests.

Majority of smartphone owners now routinely use news apps

Source Alabama Press on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

2014 RJI Mobile Media News Consumption Survey

More than six in 10 smartphone owners are regularly using news apps on their smartphones, according to the third report of the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). Nearly three in 10 are using smartphone news apps branded by newspapers.

Men used an average of two smartphone news apps and women used an average of 1.5 in the week prior to participating in the survey.

Nearly 1,200 randomly selected U.S. adults participated in RJI’s third annual Mobile Media News Consumption survey between Jan. 1 and March 31. This phone survey focused exclusively on the use of smartphones and touch-screen tablets with mobile operating systems.

LION Receives Fellowship at RJI

Source Lion Digital Media on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

LION Digital Media began the development of a new planning platform for local digital advertising after being granted an institutional fellowship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. “LION has been a strong advocate for local digital advertising for the past 8 years. By working with the RJI, we plan on making our platform available to any marketer who is trying to easily access digital advertising opportunities on local media sites and apps,” said Conrad Jungmann, LION’s founding partner.

The RJI fellowship program is focused on innovation and solutions for the news industry. Results, in the form of strategies, products or services, will be shared with news and news-related organizations. In addition to LION, companies that have received institutional fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year include: The Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, VML, SouthernMinn Media and The Texas Tribune.

Teaching Traditions

Source Mizzou Mag on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Matt Sokoloff Broffman is the CEO and publisher of Bungalower, a local news website covering Orlando, Fla., neighborhoods. Instead of giving the weather report or crime coverage, the site covers other happenings in the neighborhoods, such as business openings and closings, new construction, and transportation news.

“It’s all about connecting people to where they live,” says Broffman, BJ ’07, who researched how to make local news sites profitable as a 2012–13 Reynolds Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The site, which launched in July 2013, has more than 20,000 monthly readers.

KHS teacher selected as journalism fellow

Source Chesco Times on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

KENNETT SQUARE — Frank Vanderslice, a member of the Business and Technology Department at Kennett High School, was recently selected to be a participant as a fellow at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds School of Journalism.

Each year 35 high school teachers from around the country travel to the Reynolds Journalism Institute for the ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. The two-week workshop, beginning July 13, teaches the core tenets of journalism and the skills needed to produce a top-notch publication or broadcast. The workshop, provided free for teachers and schools, is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and is administered by the American Society of News Editors.

High school teachers to participate in Reynolds Institute at ASU

Source ASU News on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Thirty-four high school journalism teachers from across the country will enhance their digital and teaching skills at Arizona State University this summer during a training program funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and administered by the American Society of News Editors through its Youth Journalism Initiative.

In its eighth year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the two-week Reynolds High School Journalism Institute immerses teachers in specialized skills, such as writing, editing, reporting, multimedia, layout and photojournalism. It also provides grounding in professional ethics, news literacy, the First Amendment and scholastic press freedom.

Innovation SWAT Teams Must Be Integrated Quickly Into Newsrooms

Source MediaShift on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

“The more we venture into the unknown, the higher the risk, the greater the chance of failure. As in science, though, experiments are not really failures if you learn from them.” – Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes from the Digital Age of Journalism

Risk and reward. Success and failure. Progress and lethargy.

Too often in our newsrooms we see things in such black and white terms, failing to see the opportunities that lie before our very eyes, blinded instead by our own predisposed ways of thinking.

Developers, media specialists ‘Hack the Future of Journalism’

Source iNews Design on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Tool incentivizing quality reporting wins top prize

Nearly 80 programmers, news executives and community activists teamed up May 31 and June 1 at San Francisco’s KQED Public Media to hack products designed to improve journalism.

Incentivizr, which lets paid digital media subscribers allocate a bit of that money directly to the producers of their favorite stories, captured the $1,500 grand prize at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s first Hack the Future of Journalism event.

The prototype was built by San Francisco developer Faruk Ateş and Bay Area brand strategist Wendy Qi. Incentivizr increases the publisher’s audience engagement, gives the individual journalist a bonus for working on quality content rather than “click bait,” and gives users “a bit more ownership of the content they consume,” says Ateş.

The complicated story of Bowe Bergdahl's release

Source KBIA on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

On Saturday, May 31, President Barack Obama stood on the White House lawn flanked by Bergdahl's parents, to annnounce his release. Since then, the story has taken several twists and turns. Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

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RJI Futures Lab update #37: Apps and tips for mobile reporting

Source Rodolo on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

This week we bring together a few of our best segments related to mobile reporting to give you ideas for producing news via smartphone. Program is hosted by …
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