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Women on smartphones more likely to read social media news link

Source Indiana Publisher on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Women are much more likely than men to read news stories found within social media on their smartphones, according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. About three-quarters of the women who owned smartphones said they had interacted with social media, and 65 percent said they had read news stories found within social media in the week prior to participating in the survey. By comparison, about two thirds of men said they used their smartphones to interact with social media, and 54 percent said they had read news stories found within social media.

Seniors More Likely to Read News on Tablets

Source Editor & Publisher on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Both tablets and smartphones are used by a majority of owners for keeping up with the news, but tablets are used for news by a somewhat higher percentage of owners aged 55 or older than by those aged 18-34 (see charts 6.1 and 6.5), according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). The opposite was found for news consumption on smartphones (see report 4, charts 4.1 and 4.5).

Collab/Space NYC: Coverage, Photos and More

Source Media Shift on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Collab/Space NYC, an event sponsored by Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and hosted by the Ford Foundation and PBS MediaShift on July 8, was all about collaboration. Representatives from organizations like NPR, Vox Media, Quartz and Facebook came together to present innovative projects, discuss their main challenges associated with emerging media tools, then hear ideas from industry peers on how to address those various tasks.

We’ve rounded up a great collection of photos, coverage and Storifys from Collab/Space New York. Did we miss anything? Please add it in the comments, and we’ll update the post.

And if you’d like to join us for the next event, Collab/Space Chicago is coming up September 24.

FOIA Council subcommittees begin study of records, meeting exemptions

Source Virginia's ePress on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

The Virginia Press Association will work with local government representatives to bring clarity to a provision that allows public bodies to hold a closed meeting to discuss personnel matters.

The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council and the attorney general has issued opinions that say that provision only applies to employees they exercise control over, such as a county administrator or city manager.

But this interpretation does not sit well with open government advocates and local government representatives, who heavily discussed the provision during a FOIA Council subcommittee meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The public discussion of an employees dismissal can lead to lawsuits and claims of discrimination or retaliation, said Roger Wiley, a local attorney who often represents local governments.

Study Focuses on Smartphone vs. Tablet

Source Net News Check on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

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, writes Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing at RJI, helps to 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.

Teachers selected for Reynolds High School Journalism Institute

Source ASNE on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

ASNE's Youth Journalism Initiative 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. Teachers will 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 The News

Source ASNE on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

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

Women more likely to use smart phones to read news found within social media
Women are much more likely than men to read news stories found within social media on their smartphones, according to RJI's latest mobile media survey.

About three-quarters of the women who owned smartphones said they had interacted with social media, and 65 percent said they had read news stories found within social media in the week prior to participating in the survey. By comparison, about two-thirds of men said they used their smartphones to interact with social media, and 54 percent said they had read news stories found within social media.

Teachers from across U.S. learn about legal issues in journalism

Source Kent Wired on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

Censoring in school districts does not work, according to the executive director of Student Press Law Center, who was the keynote speaker at a conference for high school journalism teacher hosted at Kent State.

“When you get done with these two weeks here, the smartest ‘lawyer’ in this building will be you,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center on Tuesday, July 8, while presenting to the Kent State American Society of News Editors of Reynolds High School Journalism Institute.

This two-week course is a collaboration of 32 high school journalism teachers from across the U.S. to gain a hands-on experience in student media. Participants will receive three graduate credits or six continuing education units.

LoMonte discussed freedom of the press, censorship, invasion of privacy, and prior review in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall.

Collab/Space NYC: Helping Intrapreneurial Projects Succeed

Source MediaShift on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

There is plenty of advice available for startups and entrepreneurs, but what do you do if you are inside a company and want to develop a new concept or project? There are no incubators, angel investors or college courses around to help you.

Collab/Space, a production of PBS MediaShift, with premier sponsorship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism and hosted by the Ford Foundation, is trying to change that. In this session, on July 8 in New York, nine “intrapreneurs” made 5-minute presentations about their projects and listed their main challenges. Each presenter then took 10 minutes of questions from the audience. Following the presentations, the afternoon was given over to improv exercises and breakout workshops to hone each presenter’s view of what she needed to become a success. In addition, Kimberly Lau, vice president and general manager of The Atlantic Digital and Kareem Amin, vice president for product at News Corp. made presentations to the group.

Former publisher elected international president

Source Vandalia Leader on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

Vandalia Rotary Club member Gary Sosniecki was elected President of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) at the organization’s annual meeting last week in Durango, Colorado. Sosniecki and his wife, Helen, were the owners, publishers, and editors of The Vandalia Leader from 2003-2007. The Sosnieckis will be hosts of the 2015 ISWNE conference at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia next June. ISWNE’s members are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, and Scotland.
Gary Sosniecki is a regional sales manager covering a nine-state territory for TownNews.com headquarter at Moline, Illinois. He also was general manager of TownNews’ Creative Services from 2008-2012. He joined the company in January 2008 after a 34-year newspaper career that included owning three weekly newspapers and publishing a small daily, all in Missouri. In addition to The Vandalia Leader, Sosniecki, with his wife, Helen, owned the Humansville Star-Leader from 1980 to 1986, the Webster County Citizen in Seymour from 1988-1999. From 1999-2003, they were editors and publishers of The Lebanon Daily Record and vice presidents of its parent company, Lebanon Publishing Co., in Lebanon, Mo. He also has worked for The Jackson, Tenn., Sun, the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, and the Hillsboro, Kan., Star-Journal.

is the media today responsible enough to share the real news?

Source Vidoyen on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

is the media today responsible enough to share the real news?

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.