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Reynolds Fellow's e-book will help journalists tell stories with data

Source LNR on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

RJI :: A new e-book from Infoactive CEO Trina Chiasson and Northwestern University Statistical Programmer Dyanna Gregory will take the mystery out of collecting and using data to tell stories using visually engaging tools and techniques.

What Supplies Do You Need for a Newspaper Company?

Source Chron on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

Large, daily newspapers have suffered declines in readership from online competition, but readership of community newspapers remains steady. According to a 2011 National Newspaper Association and Reynolds Journalism Institute survey, 74 percent of people in communities with newspapers with circulations less than 15,000 read a local newspaper at least weekly; 73 percent read all or most content; and 66 percent said the ads helped them make purchases. A community-minded entrepreneur might consider becoming a publisher.

Conference Paper: “Missing Links: The Digital News Preservation”

Source Infodocket on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

The following paper was presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly) Newspaper Section Satellite Meeting in Lyon, France, August 13-15, 2014.

The Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers

Source Florida Press e-Bulletin on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute 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, Missouri. All participants will be permitted to bring up to three colleagues from their outlet or media group.

Bring Two Proven Ideas, leave with 40

Source MO Press on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

Have you successfully implemented an idea at your news organization in the last year and thought, "Wow, I could use 20 more like that"? We can help.

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting industry professionals to the second Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference this fall and the price of admission is two successful ideas - proven winner 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 in Columbia for an exchange and dialogue of best practices that will help sustain local journalism, especially in small and rural markets.

Which Media Budgets Are Being Cannibalized to Fund Video Ad Spending?

Source Marketing Charts on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

Notes: Video ad buyers are most likely to be drawing from display budgets to fund spending increases in the next 12 months, with broadcast and cable TV also under the gun. Interestingly, unlike agencies, trading desks and ad networks, brands are more likely to be cannibalizing cable than broadcast TV budgets, as there has been a significant increase from last year’s results in the proportion of brands that will be drawing video ad budgets from cable TV. Also of note, brands are more likely to be pulling funds this year from display and search, but less likely to be diverting funds from print.

Advertising and PR Industry Continues to Suffer From Low Public Perception

Source Marketing Charts on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

Notes: Just 37% of Americans have a positive view of the advertising and public relations industry, which puts it behind reputationally-challenged industries such as pharma and banking (each at 40%). With 33% of survey respondents having a negative view of the advertising and PR industry, the net positive rating for the industry is just 4%, on par with pharma as the 6th-worst among 25 measured. By comparison, the restaurant industry has the highest net-positive rating, of 60% (67% positive versus just 7% negative), while the retail (40%) and travel (37%) industries also have relatively good reputations.

The Guardian taps former Google exec to strengthen tech industry ties

Source VentureBeat on September 4, 2014 0 Comments

U.K. newspaper the Guardian has decided to open up its first office on the U.S. West Coast, and it’s doing so by hiring former Google head of media partnerships David Gehring.

News Consumption on Large Tablets in Q1, by Age and Gender

Source Marketing Charts on August 25, 2014 0 Comments

Notes: Slightly more than 6 in 10 large tablet owners reported using their devices to get news stories or other content provided by news organizations in the week prior to the survey, with this behavior more prevalent among men (69%) than women (52%). Interestingly, news consumption by large tablet owners was higher among older age groups: 67% of respondents aged 35-54 and 64% of respondents aged 55 and older reported using their tablets to keep up with the news, compared to 53% of device owners aged 18-34.

Related: Most Important Types of News, Among US News Consumers

About the Data: Based on a random sampling of 1,191 US adults in Q1 2014.

Mizzou Athletics, RJI Launch Game Day Application

Source MU Tigers on August 25, 2014 0 Comments

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and Mizzou Athletics announced that they will release an iPhone and iPad application specifically designed for fans attending Tiger Football games at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field this fall.

Created by Mizzou graduates Malory Ensor, Jared Jeffries, Clare Murphy and Annie Trout as part of their Capstone coursework, the application is a low bandwidth application that allows fans to receive, retweet and share social media messages from designated Mizzou Athletics Twitter accounts, while also providing parking and in-stadium amenity information when inside Memorial Stadium.

Smartphone Users’ App Time Highly Concentrated

Source Marketing Charts on August 25, 2014 0 Comments

comScore-Smartphone-App-Consumption-by-Usage-Rank-Aug2014Mobile applications crossed a threshold in May, accounting for the majority of digital media time spent in the US, per recent comScore data. A new report [download page] from comScore indicates that mobile’s share of digital consumption continues to grow, with apps hogging more mobile time on smartphones (88% share) than tablets (82%). Interestingly, though, the study reveals that smartphone app users spend most of their app time with a limited number of apps.

In fact, during June, US adults spent an average of 42% of their smartphone app time with their single most-used app, and an additional 17% of their app time with their second-most used app. Overall, they spent three-quarters of their total app time with just 4 top-used apps.

Alumna Earns Prestigious Spot in Journalism Institute

Source NU.edu on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

Alumna Annette Deming (M.Ed., 2012), a journalism teacher at Don Lugo High School in Chino, California, has been accepted into the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri this summer.

She is one of 25 teachers in the country sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to take part in the summer program there.

Ms. Deming became a teacher after working for five years with a boutique public relations firm in Los Angeles In addition to her Master of Education degree, she also earned an Master of Arts in English literature from National University. She currently teaches both English and journalism and serves as publication advisor for the Quest News, the official student newspaper of Don Lugo High School.

In Brief

Source News & Tech on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

Denver Post Editor Gregory Moore will discuss politics and press responsibility during the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Gerald M. Boyd Lecture Series Sept. 5 at the RJI Institute in Columbia, Mo.

FOIA Machine is cranking up to help journalists

Source NAA on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

An online tool lends a hand to journalists juggling public record requests.

FOIA Machine, an open-source platform, helps citizens prepare, file and track public record requests to government agencies. It helps citizens access documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state laws pertaining to open records. FOIA Machine opened to anyone interested on June 25, but a limited number of people have used the tool since the fall.

The tool, which is free to use, depends on private donations and foundation grants. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute provided funding. The Center for Investigative Reporting hosted the project. More than 2,000 people backed FOIA Machine on Kickstarter. The project exceeded its $17,500 goal by raising $53,654 by Aug. 16.

Reynolds Journalism Institute to host “Innovation in Community Newspapers Conference”

Source Nebraska Press Association on August 20, 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.

TABLET OWNERS RELY ON SMARTPHONES FOR ON-THE-GO NEWS, TABLETS FOR LEISURE TIME AND INFORMATION

Source WPA on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

The pairing of large tablets with smartphones has important implications for news organizations. Nearly 9 in 10 large tablet owners also use smartphones according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Only 4 in 10 smartphone owners said they also used large tablets.

This difference combined with the following findings confirm that tablet owners are relying on smartphones to meet their anywhere, anytime needs for immediate communication and news, and tablets to meet their more relaxed, leisure-time needs for delayed entertainment and information.

Ideas for Community Papers

Source Nevada Press Newsletter on August 20, 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. 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 day 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.

Half of Large Tablet Owners Watch Video Content on Their Devices At Least Weekly

Source Marketing Charts on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

Notes: A slight majority 52% of large tablet owners reported accessing and watching movies, TV programs or other videos on their devices in the week prior to the survey, with this activity more prevalent among male (59%) than female (47%) owners. Men aged 18-34 are the most likely to be watching video content on their large tablets, with two-thirds doing so.

RJI In the News

Source ASNE on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

RJI in the news

To help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web that are of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs in its RJI Links.

3-D news immersion: It's almost like being there

During the next two semesters as a Reynolds fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Bimal Balakrishnan will explore the potential of advanced 3-D technologies for journalism and advertising.

Health app's tailored news helps patients live better lives

During a doctor visit, patients check various boxes on information forms to provide insight about their medical history and current health conditions. This offers more focused care for the patient. Treepple, a University of Missouri-developed news application, uses a similar approach to gather data for a tailoring engine that generates health-news content specific to individual users.

Can native advertising succeed in small news operations?

Source MNA Bulletin on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

I’ll admit it, I’m competitive.

If somebody is doing something interesting and innovative in our industry, I want to know how they do it — and maybe learn how to do it even better.

As a consequence, I spend a fair amount of my time checking out industry blogs, e-newsletters, articles and academic research. I am also a MOOC — massive open online courses — addict.

But as an editor of a small community newspaper, this can be an exercise in frustration. The Faribault Daily News is a five-day publication with a circulation of about 5,200. Our newsroom, including me, has seven people in it.

So, when I read about some really interesting, disruptive innovation happening at The New York Times or The Washington Post or even smaller community papers like the Northwest Herald in Illinois, I tend to shake my head and wistfully note, “If only we had the resources.”