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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 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.

Teachers selected to receive innovative training at 2014 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute

Source School Journalism on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

COLUMBIA, Missouri — The Youth Journalism Initiative of the American Society of News Editors 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.

Through the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute, teachers 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 your inbox

By RJI on June 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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Welcome to RJI’s new newsletter system. We’re implementing a new management system in July that will allow you to subscribe to one or more of our newsletters and updates based on your interests.

Majority of smartphone owners now routinely use news apps

Source Alabama Press on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

2014 RJI Mobile Media News Consumption Survey

More than six in 10 smartphone owners are regularly using news apps on their smartphones, according to the third report of the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). Nearly three in 10 are using smartphone news apps branded by newspapers.

Men used an average of two smartphone news apps and women used an average of 1.5 in the week prior to participating in the survey.

Nearly 1,200 randomly selected U.S. adults participated in RJI’s third annual Mobile Media News Consumption survey between Jan. 1 and March 31. This phone survey focused exclusively on the use of smartphones and touch-screen tablets with mobile operating systems.

LION Receives Fellowship at RJI

Source Lion Digital Media on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

LION Digital Media began the development of a new planning platform for local digital advertising after being granted an institutional fellowship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. “LION has been a strong advocate for local digital advertising for the past 8 years. By working with the RJI, we plan on making our platform available to any marketer who is trying to easily access digital advertising opportunities on local media sites and apps,” said Conrad Jungmann, LION’s founding partner.

The RJI fellowship program is focused on innovation and solutions for the news industry. Results, in the form of strategies, products or services, will be shared with news and news-related organizations. In addition to LION, companies that have received institutional fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year include: The Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, VML, SouthernMinn Media and The Texas Tribune.

Teaching Traditions

Source Mizzou Mag on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Matt Sokoloff Broffman is the CEO and publisher of Bungalower, a local news website covering Orlando, Fla., neighborhoods. Instead of giving the weather report or crime coverage, the site covers other happenings in the neighborhoods, such as business openings and closings, new construction, and transportation news.

“It’s all about connecting people to where they live,” says Broffman, BJ ’07, who researched how to make local news sites profitable as a 2012–13 Reynolds Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The site, which launched in July 2013, has more than 20,000 monthly readers.

KHS teacher selected as journalism fellow

Source Chesco Times on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

KENNETT SQUARE — Frank Vanderslice, a member of the Business and Technology Department at Kennett High School, was recently selected to be a participant as a fellow at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds School of Journalism.

Each year 35 high school teachers from around the country travel to the Reynolds Journalism Institute for the ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. The two-week workshop, beginning July 13, teaches the core tenets of journalism and the skills needed to produce a top-notch publication or broadcast. The workshop, provided free for teachers and schools, is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and is administered by the American Society of News Editors.

High school teachers to participate in Reynolds Institute at ASU

Source ASU News on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Thirty-four high school journalism teachers from across the country will enhance their digital and teaching skills at Arizona State University this summer during a training program funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and administered by the American Society of News Editors through its Youth Journalism Initiative.

In its eighth year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the two-week Reynolds High School Journalism Institute immerses teachers in specialized skills, such as writing, editing, reporting, multimedia, layout and photojournalism. It also provides grounding in professional ethics, news literacy, the First Amendment and scholastic press freedom.

Innovation SWAT Teams Must Be Integrated Quickly Into Newsrooms

Source MediaShift on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

“The more we venture into the unknown, the higher the risk, the greater the chance of failure. As in science, though, experiments are not really failures if you learn from them.” – Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes from the Digital Age of Journalism

Risk and reward. Success and failure. Progress and lethargy.

Too often in our newsrooms we see things in such black and white terms, failing to see the opportunities that lie before our very eyes, blinded instead by our own predisposed ways of thinking.

Developers, media specialists ‘Hack the Future of Journalism’

Source iNews Design on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Tool incentivizing quality reporting wins top prize

Nearly 80 programmers, news executives and community activists teamed up May 31 and June 1 at San Francisco’s KQED Public Media to hack products designed to improve journalism.

Incentivizr, which lets paid digital media subscribers allocate a bit of that money directly to the producers of their favorite stories, captured the $1,500 grand prize at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s first Hack the Future of Journalism event.

The prototype was built by San Francisco developer Faruk Ateş and Bay Area brand strategist Wendy Qi. Incentivizr increases the publisher’s audience engagement, gives the individual journalist a bonus for working on quality content rather than “click bait,” and gives users “a bit more ownership of the content they consume,” says Ateş.

The complicated story of Bowe Bergdahl's release

Source KBIA on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

On Saturday, May 31, President Barack Obama stood on the White House lawn flanked by Bergdahl's parents, to annnounce his release. Since then, the story has taken several twists and turns. Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

Check out this week's full program, and for more, follow Views of the News on Facebook and Twitter.

RJI Futures Lab update #37: Apps and tips for mobile reporting

Source Rodolo on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

This week we bring together a few of our best segments related to mobile reporting to give you ideas for producing news via smartphone. Program is hosted by …
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Waywire Expands Advisory Board - New Members Added

Source CMS on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Waywire Networks today announced that it had elected four industry leaders to its Advisory Board. Joining the Advisory board are Tim Hanlon, Richard Titus, Michelle Kraus and Mike Wheeler. A diverse group with backgrounds in technology, media, advertising, and digital video, they bring a wide breadth of understanding of the media industries roots and rapidly expanding future.

Social Journalism Hackathon Underway at RJI, #RJIhacks

Source Media Bistro on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

Interested in hacking social journalism? The Reynold’s Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism is hosting a Hackathon event “[tackling] challenge questions that seek to discover new tools, business models and news services that deliver context-rich, real-time social journalism to users across digital platforms” this weekend.

Learn to write code, build a web scraper at our September workshop

Source IRE on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

IRE and the University of Missouri Journalism School once again will offer a data journalism workshop this September, where students will learn how to write code in Python to clean datasets and to build a web scraper.

The workshop will be held Sept. 4-7. The lead instructor for this workshop will be data journalism pioneer Chase Davis, assistant editor for interactive news development at The New York Times.

Attending the workshop will allow students to earn one hour of pass/fail credit; students who wish to earn two hours of graded credit can choose to complete an independent study project (build a web scraper) in the four weeks following the workshop.

Don't Be Socially Awkward

Source RadioInk on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

It's often said -- and it's true -- that radio is the original social media. But today, you also have your air talent and other staffers tweeting, posting, sharing -- maybe even pinning and Tumbling. It's all a great complement to your over-the-air presentation, letting listeners connect to stations, advertisers, and each other in unprecedented ways. But do you really understand how to make the best of these new social channels, in tandem with your existing resources, to create great new value propositions for audiences and advertisers alike?

At the "Social Media: Best Practices" panel at Radio Ink's Convergence -- coming up next week, June 4-5 in Santa Clara, in California's Silicon Valley -- panelists will uncover and explore compelling opportunities for broadcasters in social media that you may not have yet considered. Learn how you can get the best return on your investment of time and money in social media -- and the risks of using social media incorrectly or, worse, pretending it doesn't exist.