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Attracting investment capital and reaching young local readers

Source DailyMe on January 9, 2015 0 Comments

This week we find out why investors are bullish on online media startups, and we find out how the Philadelphia-based startup Billy Penn is producing local news coverage aimed at younger readers.

Attracting investment capital and reaching young local readers

Source Editor & Publisher on January 9, 2015 0 Comments

This week we find out why investors are bullish on online media startups, and we find out how the Philadelphia-based startup Billy Penn is producing local news coverage aimed at younger readers.

Video: RJI Futures Lab checks in on Thunderdome progress

Source Inside Thunderdome on January 7, 2015 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute keeps regular tabs on innovations in journalism with their weekly Futures Lab feature. The lab recently checked in with our own Robyn Tomlin and graphics editor Nelson Hsu to see how Project Thunderdome is going.

Data + Design: An open source e-book

Source Smart Chicago on January 6, 2015 0 Comments

On September 30th, Trina Chiasson presented her open source e-book Data + Design at OpenGov Hack Night. Data and Design is a free three-hundred page creative commons book explaining important data concepts in simple language.'

Mobile media users are more likely than non-users to find mainstream media outlets credible

Source Marketing Charts on January 2, 2015 0 Comments

Mobile media users are more likely than non-users to find mainstream media outlets credible, notes the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) in a recent survey. A recent Harris survey has more on consumers’ trust in news media.

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

Source Ohio Newspaper Association on December 23, 2014 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.

Dodging the Memory Hole: Collaborations to save the news

Source Library of Congress: The Signal on December 22, 2014 0 Comments

The news is often called the “first draft of history” and preserved newspapers are some of the most used collections in libraries.

Journalist-cartoonist Dan Archer renders possibilities for digital journalism

Source Newszou on December 10, 2014 0 Comments

Not all cartoons show smiling faces and singing birds. Digital journalist Dan Archer’s work proves just that. Archer takes a unique approach to his storytelling. He takes pen to paper and illustrates the worlds of his sources, transforming their story into something (almost) resembling something you could find on your coffee table.

2015: The Year of the Smartwatch?

Source American Journalism Review on December 10, 2014 0 Comments

Larger news organizations may initially dominate news delivery to watches because they have the resources to expand into the untested market, said Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing for Reynolds Journalism Institute, a University of Missouri-based organization that tests and studies innovation in journalism.

Matt Thompson named deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com

Source TheAtlantic.com on December 3, 2014 0 Comments

Matt Thompson (@mthomps) will join the leadership of TheAtlantic.com as the deputy editor. Thompson will work with the site’s editor J.J. Gould (@jjgould) to help oversee editorial operations and shape strategic development at a time of record audience growth. Coming from NPR—where he has most recently directed news teams covering race, ethnicity, and culture; education; and global health and development—he will start at The Atlantic in the new year.

Are community news sites and investors ready for each other?

Source Street Fight on December 3, 2014 0 Comments

“Why can’t local news attract investment?” journalism watcher Nikki Usher asks in a recent opinion piece for the Reynolds Journalism Institute, where she is a resident fellow. “If funders don’t pump money into local news, all of the innovation that’s happening in news will simply bypass the local level.”

The future is now

Source Editor & Publisher on December 1, 2014 0 Comments

Launched in June as a project of the Reynolds Journalism Institute (and headed up by 2014-15 Reynolds Fellow Dan Archer), Empathetic Media is an ambitious visual news consultancy that aims not only to design content for the Oculus Rift, but to be a “one-stop visual journalism shop,” where news editors can go when they want to take traditional text-based stories and turn them into fully immersive journalism experiences.

RJI: Mobile readers find mainstream news more credible

Source News & Tech on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Mobile media users are more likely to give higher credibility rankings to national newspapers and most other mainstream news media than those who do not consume news on mobile devices, according to the latest mobile media news consumption survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Mobile media users also place greater importance on getting news daily and on the source of news, RJI said. Women, meantime, are more likely than men to give most mainstream news media higher credibility rankings; to want news every day; and to value the source of news, the survey found.
Participants in the 18-34 age group gave national newspapers the highest credibility ranking, but placed a lower importance on getting the news every day and on the source of news than those in older age groups. The 18-to-24 sect was also less inclined to prefer news stories produced and selected by professional journalists.

Ideas for Using Vine and Snapchat

Source Net News Check on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

This week we explore examples of how two newsrooms are using the social platforms Vine and Snapchat.
PART 1: Mashable + Vine

Mashable has heavily experimented with the 6-second video app Vine since the app launched in early 2013. Along the way Mashable received a Shorty Award for its work on the platform and, this summer, crossed the milestone of having 100,000 followers to its Vine account. Mashable Producer/Creative Jeff Petriello tells us how his team is using the platform to inspire creativity and to generate revenue.
Reporting by Allison Prang, Rachel Wise and Reuben Stern.
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Not yet familiar with Vine? Mashable offers a guide for beginners, which also identifies some typical formulas for Vine videos. The site also published a video of pro tips.

Missouri RJI's Future's Lab videos help you keep up with media...

Source Bleacher Report on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

It’s hard to keep pace with the changes in media: New tools and platforms are coming online every day, and users’ habits are changing with the technology.

But if you don’t want the business to leave you in the dust, you have to do your best. One good resource is the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab, a weekly video series produced by the University of Missouri School of Journalism that provides an update on innovation in journalism.

This week’s Futures Lab video looks at how Mashable makes use of the microvideo app Vine and how various media outlets are using the photo messaging app Snapchat.

#EdShift Chat: Green Shoots in Journalism Education

Source MediaShift on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

On Friday, October 24, our #EdShift chat will focus on green shoots in journalism education. Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern Time/12 p.m. Central Time/10 a.m. Pacific Time as we discuss teaching innovations that others can model and remix into their own curricula.

The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education Curator Katy Culver, with special guest Eric Newton from the Knight Foundation. A Storify of the chat will be added to this page after the chat.

The chat comes in advance of an Oct. 30 event at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. In celebration of the latest update to Newton’s Searchlights and Sunglasses, RJI will be highlighting some of these trailblazing efforts during its “Green Shoots in Journalism Education” program. Participants in person and via live-stream will hear from three deans, five professors and others who have been trying out new ideas and encouraging innovation.

Remix: Using Storify to Teach Social Media Writing Skills

Source MediaShift on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

In the latest update to his e-text “Searchlights and Sunglasses,” author Eric Newton calls on journalism educators to integrate social media into their lesson plans. Here is an example of what that integration might look like for an introductory journalism course.

This medium is not extinct

Source Fairborn Daily Herald on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Forgive us if we’re not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.

Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction.

It’s the same tired banter that was used when radio first came into existence and many thought signaled the end of the printed word. It’s the same pablum dished up when television was king and challenged newspapers with live action and immediacy.

The Bottom Line: Can Twitter Make Any Money for Newspapers?

Source Editor & Publisher on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

On Sunday mornings, bargain hunters can sign on to Twitter to see #TBTimesDeals, a shopping list of bargains found inside that day’s Tampa Bay Times. Consumers routinely find everything from $10 off Target groceries to free french fries at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants.

Do journalists have an obligation to tell a source their story will be used in sponsored content?

Source Kansas Press Association on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

By Jaci Smith - Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

The man on the telephone was a long-time source of mine. He served in local government, always returned my call promptly and was an expert on the topic I was writing about that day.

I'm officially in my first month of establishing a native advertising program at our small community newspaper, the Faribault (Minn.) Daily News, thanks to a fellowship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. The fellowship allowed our company to hire a part-time reporter to take on some of the duties of another editor, who then backfilled my post on a part-time basis so I could build a successful sponsored content program.