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Experts discuss free expression in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

Source Mizzou Weekly on February 12, 2015 0 Comments

On Feb. 3, the Missouri School of Journalism and Reynolds Journalism Institute hosted a symposium to discuss issues related to free expression in the wake of the attack.

Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri: Dissecting Engagement: What's Working and What's Next?

Source Mather Economics on February 11, 2015 0 Comments

March 30-31, 2015: Matt Lindsay, president of Mather Economics, has been invited to speak during “Dissecting Engagement: What’s Working and What’s Next?” sponsored by The Missouri School of Journalism and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

Virtual Journalism: Immersive Approaches Pose New Questions

The place-based feeling of VR is particularly important for stories depending on a sense of space and perspective. The Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the University of Missouri experimented with an animated VR approach to cover eyewitness statements in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. A walk through their output, helmed by graphic journalist and RJI fellow Dan Archer, shows some of the possibilities of VR for journalism.

Newz group teams up with the Missouri School of Journalism to create born-digital news archives

Source St. Louis Post-Dispatch on February 5, 2015 0 Comments

Columbia, MO – Newz Group will be working with the University of Missouri Libraries and Reynolds Journalism Institute to create a database that will preserve newspaper and born-digital news content. Thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Knight Prototype Fund, this pilot project will produce a viable and sustainable news repository in conjunction with RJI’s Journalism Digital News Archive.

Dan Archer Q&A with Evelyn Hsu

I'm currently a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, where I'm experimenting with producing immersive transmedia pieces for newsrooms who can't afford to do so themselves. My latest project involves creating a virtual reality reconstruction of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, allowing users to experience each of the eyewitness perspectives from where those people were standing via comics panels that load when the user reaches a specific beacon in the 3D environment.

Journalism Department gets modern equipment

Source The Examiner on February 4, 2015 0 Comments

Students in the Fort Osage High School Journalism Department are now “backpack journalists,” an emerging form of journalism that requires a journalist to not only be a reporter, but also the photographer, videographer and editor.

A project to preserve 'born digital' content

Source Poynter on February 3, 2015 0 Comments

Knight News Challenge has given a $35,000 grant to the University of Missouri Libraries and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute to come up with a model to make sure "born-digital content" doesn't disappear.

Marlene Bird story published as graphic novel

Source Leader-Post on February 2, 2015 0 Comments

Archer, a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, illustrated a 36-panel comic, including animations set over audio recordings of Bird’s voice.

22 ideas win Knight News Challenge: Libraries

In September we launched the 12th Knight News Challenge, on libraries, asking the question, “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Today we’re announcing 22 winners of that challenge, awarding the recipients a share of $3 million for their ideas.

Knight grant will help RJI develop born-digital-news preservation model

Source Editor & Publisher on February 2, 2015 0 Comments

A $35,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge on libraries will help University of Missouri Libraries and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute develop a long-term model to protect born-digital news content from being lost forever.

Future of News

Source Future of News on January 30, 2015 0 Comments

Jerry Seinfeld, the comedian, once said: “It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world everyday always just exactly fits the newspaper.”

Marlene Bird story published as graphic novel

Source The StarPhoenix on January 30, 2015 0 Comments

These scenes are from a new interactive graphic novel by U.S.-based journalism fellow Dan Archer that tells Bird’s story — of her upbringing, her pain, and a horrific attack last year that robbed her of independence.

Journalism institute hosting free speech symposium

Source Columbia Daily Tribune on January 29, 2015 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri will host a free-speech symposium next week to discuss a number of issues arising from the Jan. 7 terror attack at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French magazine.

Can an ‘Exchange’ Help Solve the Problem of Monetizing Digital News?

Source Street Fight on January 29, 2015 0 Comments

News, especially at the local and hyperlocal levels, is in deep crisis. The public consumes news more voraciously than ever in the vibrant digital space. But, in general, the public doesn’t want to pay for it. Most newspapers’ digital subscriptions capture only 1% to 3% of their base of unique visitors. Meanwhile, most digital advertising revenue at the local/hyperlocal level – as a new report from Borrell Associates shows – is flowing to commercial platforms like Autotrader and Yelp. It’s these platforms that get most of fast-growing targeted advertising aimed at specific categories of consumers.

Mega-Conference program built by thinking like a publisher

Source Key Executives Mega-Conference on January 27, 2015 0 Comments

We have 33 break-out sessions lined up, to provide very practical "take-home" advice on how to improve your current operations or how to incorporate new approaches to transform your business. We took special care to find speakers who have worked with limited resources, addressing one of publishers' biggest concerns. For instance, if Jaci Smith of the tiny Faribault Daily News can develop a native content operation, why shouldn't you be able to?

Meet the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute directors

The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute’s four directors help shape the program and guide participants in their learning each summer. Under the leadership of Steve Elliott, Candace Perkins Bowen, Roger Gafke and George Sylvie, participants receive invaluable instruction and networking opportunities that transform their careers. Many participants continue the professional relationships they establish with each of the directors and other participants after they return to their schools.

Before the “teaching hospital model” of journalism education: 5 questions to ask

Source Nieman Lab on January 27, 2015 0 Comments

I have gained an appreciation for the importance of independence on both sides, but I also think that we could do more and better work together at the intersections — helping to produce journalism that is informed by research and research that is enriched by practice, or a closer observation of practice. Missouri is unusual in that it houses the Reynolds Journalism Institute, which strives to bring together academics, practitioners, and citizens with the common goal of improving journalism. When RJI announces its fellows for the year, I go down the list — as I am sure other faculty here do — and reach out to the people on it I think would inspire and engage my students. The result is almost always thought-provoking, both for my students and the visiting fellow.

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.