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Profile of smartphone news consumers in 2013

Source Editor & Publisher on August 28, 2013 0 Comments

Editor & Publisher features infographics based on the RJI-DPA Mobile Media Research Project for 2013 Q1 Research Report 4.

Weekly reaches 92.5 percent in county

The Washington Missourian reaches an average of 92.5 percent of all Franklin County residents when its print and digital audiences are combined.

Blue light upgrade

Source Columbia Business Times on August 15, 2013 0 Comments

It seems like the University of Missouri comes out with a new app for smartphones and tablets about once a week, but not all of them win the 2013 Windows 8 mobile app development competition.

More print news subscribers plan to cancel subs, uptick In mobile consumption

Source MediaDailyNews on August 15, 2013 0 Comments

It’s no secret that newspapers and magazine publishers have suffered steep declines in print circulation over the last decade, and that trend is just going to continue, according to a survey of 1,134 U.S. adults conducted by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in the first quarter of the year.

RJI, Mizzou team on digital news archiving

Source NetNewsCheck on August 15, 2013 0 Comments

Edward McCain has been named to a new position, jointly funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and MU Libraries, of digital curator.

Mobile media devices used by mobile media owners

Source Editor & Publisher on July 31, 2013 0 Comments

Research into the use of mobile media to consume news conducted by RJI has informed infographics featured in the latest issue of Editor & Publisher.

2013 Mobile Media Research Report

Source This Week @ ASNE on July 26, 2013 0 Comments

Usage of smartphones together with tablets for news has more than doubled. A 2013 mobile media news consumption survey found that women have been rapidly adopting the use of tablets — especially mini tablets — as their mobile device of choice.

80 percent of mobile users are news consumers

Source NetNewsCheck on July 24, 2013 0 Comments

A new survey from the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Digital Publishing Alliance found that eight out of 10 people who use smartphones and tablets are news consumers.

How Google Glass will change the future of broadcast journalism

Source Mediashift on July 22, 2013 0 Comments

News gathering is a difficult job and if you’re a working journalist, you already understand the difficulties involved in getting a scoop, particularly if said scoop is controversial, classified, dangerous or in the middle of a desert.

Why SMB Marketing Services Won’t Save Newspapers’ Bottom Line

By RJI on July 11, 2013 0 Comments

Here’s an argument I recently heard against the idea of newspapers getting into the SMB marketing services business: “Small businesses don’t need SMB marketing tools/service bundles sold to them — because if they can’t figure it out on their own (by finding the right tools and services on their own) then their marketing efforts won’t last.”

I’ve never been a big fan of newspapers getting into SMB services, but in the past it was mostly because I thought these services weren’t a forward-looking solution for newspapers’ declining fortunes — rather that they simply represented a pivot of the original business model. But I find this argument about SMBs adapting or failing to be even stronger.

ASNE census finds 2,600 newsroom jobs were lost in 2012

By RJI on June 25, 2013 0 Comments

The American Society of News Editors released its annual newsroom census today and found an unexpected acceleration of job losses. Roughly 2,600 full-time professional editorial jobs at newspapers disappeared in 2012, a 6.4 percent decline compared to 2011′s total, leaving industry news employment at 38,000.

That brings the number of reporters, editors and other journalists down almost one-third from a peak of 56,400 in 2000 and down 30.9 percent since 2006. The greatest losses — 13,500 in all — came in the recession years of 2007-2009. But a modest stabilization in 2010 and 2011, when losses slowed to 900 jobs over the two years, now appears to be over.

Nervousness Over Local News Consolidation

By RJI on June 25, 2013 0 Comments

Once the Gannett-Belo merger was announced, University of Missouri journalism professor Kent Collins started hearing from friends and former students working at TV stations in St. Louis, where both companies own stations, wondering what the deal could mean for them.

There is no saying for sure, despite assurances from Gannett Broadcasting President Dave Lougee that Gannett’s St. Louis station, NBC affiliate KSDK, and Belo’s CBS affiliate KMOV will continue to operate as separate — and competitive — entities once the consolidation becomes official, Collins says.

Crafting New Possibilities for Journalism in an Interactive World

By RJI on June 25, 2013 0 Comments

Mike Fancher knew from the 10th grade on that he wanted to be a journalist. That is when he initially read the first journalist’s creed written by Walter Williams in 1914. He knew at that moment there was something central about journalism as a public trust.
As a retired journalist and former executive editor of the Seattle Times, Mike is now involved in emerging movements in the field. He will join Axiom News founder Peter Pula, Journalism that Matters co-founder Peggy Holman and a plethora of other media makers for a series of conversations beginning at The Hub Seattle tomorrow.

The Future is Now The Reynolds Journalism Institute is shaping how journalists deliver news.

By RJI on June 18, 2013 0 Comments

Michael McKean, BJ ’79, loves the coffee table book he got for Christmas. It looks traditional. It has two hard covers, binding and lots of glossy photos. But the director of the Futures Lab at MU’s Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) likes the volume for all the ways it’s different — a companion iPad app with supplemental content and the hard copy equivalent of hyperlinks scattered through the 200-plus pages that take readers’ smartphones to online videos.

The book represents how technology is changing media — which is what McKean spends his days thinking about — and reinforces one of his central beliefs: Old technology adapts to the new but is seldom replaced by it. Video didn’t kill the radio star. The Internet didn’t kill print.

Top Research Explores Social Media Effectiveness, Creativity

By RJI on June 18, 2013 0 Comments

How does advertising perform in a social-media world? How can you build a cohesive social strategy? And what are the hidden influences that shape your organization's creativity?

These topics are explored in three winning research papers, released by Advertising Age today. The papers were awarded honors from Advertising Age, the American Academy of Advertising and Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University in a competition to uncover the best academic thinking around marketing and advertising business problems.

Guest Column: Journalism 3.0 - News ecosystem fast evolving

By RJI on June 18, 2013 0 Comments

Journalism traditionally has involved a mostly one-way communication from producers to consumers. Until now, journalists gather and edit news, then distribute it to people who consume it rather passively. Journalism continued to flourish this way as the information so far was scarce, gathering and distributing it was expensive and technology was nowhere an enabler.

Whatever has for been published or broadcast by journalists there has been minimal public involvement in the functions of journalism and diminishing public trust in its performance. That has begun to change profoundly and permanently. Technology is opening amazing possibilities to give people convenient access to both civic and life-enhancing information, without regard to income or social status.

Social-classifieds company adFreeq awarded $50,000 St. Louis Arch Grant

By RJI on June 14, 2013 0 Comments

adFreeq, a socially integrated classified ad system incubated at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, is one of 20 startups to be awarded a $50,000 St. Louis Arch Grant. The goal of the Arch Grants is to help create “more robust startup culture and infrastructure,” in St. Louis.

More than 700 companies applied for an Arch Grant this spring.

The winning startups must agree to open a business office in St. Louis and provide financial and job growth opportunities for the community. The adFreeq team plans to open up a sales and management office in Lab1500, an entrepreneurial center, in downtown St. Louis.

State and campus leaders meet with Vietnamese ambassador, urging increased trade, student presence

By RJI on June 14, 2013 0 Comments

The Vietnamese ambassador to the United States is visiting Missouri for the first time this week to discuss trade opportunities and student growth.

Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong met with US Congressmember Vicky Hartzler, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid and University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe to discuss the opportunities for trade between Missouri and Vietnam.

Craigslist challenger adFreeq aims to "personalize classified ads"

By RJI on June 14, 2013 0 Comments

The newspaper industry's print model has hit a rough patch—its outdated pricing strategies continually fail to produce reliable revenue. And with local classifieds moving online, it's easy to see why some small-town papers have folded.

But Peter Meng (left) thinks he can help publishers monetize their online presence with a new-age version of the classifieds. He co-founded his solution, adFreeq, to connect sellers with niche markets.

Williamstown & Journalism Topic of Museum Talk

By RJI on June 14, 2013 0 Comments

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — What would people do if traditional ink-on-paper publications were no longer available? Will Facebook or online "newspapers" effectively replace such publications?*

Two local newsmen best known locally for their involvement with The Advocate Weekly paper will give their perspectives at a free lecture hosted by the Williamstown Historical Museum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, in the Heritage Room of the Williams Inn.