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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.

Green Shoots in Journalism Education

Source ONA on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

ONA's own Irving Washington will join a talented group showcasing innovation in j-education at Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia on Oct. 29 and 30. The event is free to attend and sessions will be live-streamed as well.

Knight Center launches a massive online course in Portuguese on mobile journalism

Source Knight Center on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Smartphones have become indispensable and have transformed various aspects of our daily lives, including the way that we consume news and how it is produced. To help those interested in learning about the latest in mobile media and how journalism can be done via smartphone, the Brazilian National Association of Newspapers (ANJ) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, supported by Google, will offer the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “Introduction to Mobile Journalism.”

Kim Garretson Real_Inno RJI Research: Connecting startup ecosystems to enterprises seeking innovation

Source DocSlide on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Member of the first class of part time non-resident research fellows at RJI. My research will focus on connecting early-stage companies with the research capabilities of the institute. I'll be bringing in both pre-VC and venture-backed innovations in all areas of digital media across all screens, plus ad tech. Will be incorporating the project under my Real/Inno work as a board member and advisor to startups. - See more at:

Futures Lab: New story metrics from API; and newsroom tracking tool Desk-Net

Source ASNE on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

This week's Futures Lab episode explores a new way to understand audience behavior developed by the American Press Institute and a tool called Desk-Net that helps newsrooms manage staff and stories across platforms. Desk-Net was one of the ASNE-APME 2014 conference sponsors.

Credibility of Mainstream News Media Fares Better Among Mobile Media Users

Source Editor & Publisher on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Mobile media users are more likely than nonusers to give higher credibility rankings to national newspapers and most other mainstream news media (see charts 9.8 and 9.9), according to the latest mobile media news consumption survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). They also tend to place greater importance on getting news every day and on the source of news (see charts 9.19 and 9.20). - See more at:

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 24 Edition

Source MediaShift on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Collab/Space DC
Nov. 6, 2014
Washington, D.C.
The event is an all-day, hands-on workshop spotlighting eight data innovation projects and startups in the D.C. area and beyond, hosted by the Washington Post, and sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Register here; use hashtag #CollabDC.

8 Data Innovation Projects to Present at Collab/Space DC

Source MediaShift on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

MediaShift’s Collab/Space event has been making the rounds — from New York City in June to Chicago in September, and now on to Washington, D.C. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri is the event’s premier sponsor, and it will be hosted at the Washington Post headquarters.

Collab/Space DC will hone and highlight innovation projects focused on open data, data journalism, government data and data visualizations — in the D.C. area and beyond. The event will take place from 9 am to 5 pm on Nov. 6 at the Washington Post’s, with a mixer afterwards from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at a nearby bar (to be announced soon).

Different kind of conference

Source Norfolk Daily News on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

About this time next month, I’ll be headed to Columbia, Mo., for a different kind of newspaper workshop.

It’s called the “2014 Walter B. Potter Conference on Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers” and will take place at the University of Missouri’s Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. (In case you’re curious, Potter was a Missouri graduate and owner of several newspapers in Virginia.)

Hacks/Hackers goes professional

Source ABC RN (Australia) on October 16, 2014 0 Comments

The grassroots, volunteer based global group, which brings together journalists and technologists, has for the first time employed an Executive Director, Jeanne Brooks. We find out why.

Minus proper archives, news outlets risk losing years of backstories forever

Source Columbia Journalism Review on October 15, 2014 0 Comments

Print stories can be lost, but digital stories last forever, captured for eternity in some nebulous internet ether or on a hard drive in a desk drawer. At least, that’s the vague theory assumed by many producers and consumers of digital news. Once something is posted or backed up, it never really disappears—and if that’s true, archiving digital work seems less urgent. That line of thinking is exactly why so many news organizations risk losing years’ worth of stories. As we move deeper into the digital era, we’ve recognized the need to preserve and digitize print content, but we’re still in the early stages of understanding how we safely archive our digital news.

JAWS Ambassador blog post: JAWS oral history project progresses

Source Journalism & Women Symposium on October 14, 2014 0 Comments

An exciting and important effort to memorialize the work and lives of JAWS members is well underway, thanks to researchers at the University of Missouri who are documenting the oral histories of many of our members.

Another win for the millennials: AJ+ hires Circa’s Chief Content Officer David Cohn

Source Gigaom on October 14, 2014 0 Comments

The hiring spree of media companies targeting millennials continues: Al Jazeera’s new mobile-centric AJ+ venture just hired digital journalism heavyweight David Cohn, who had been Circa’s Chief Content Officer ever since the launch of the news app a little over two years ago.

Hacks/Hackers new executive director is planning for growth

Source Media Bistro on October 14, 2014 0 Comments

Jeanne Brooks, Hacks/Hackers first executive director, has come up with a plan to help the global journalism and technology group bolster its numbers as well as its impact.

Enough with the manifestos about the future of news, let your product do the talking

Source Poynter on October 10, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve worked on several projects and endeavors over the years. Some of them are now shut down, some of them like Circa are currently kicking butt. But all of them were manifestos. They were all applied critiques of the news process. Emphasis on “applied.”

Observations from the media

Source Muck Rack on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

In journalistic analysis, the Columbia Journalism Review observes that "good news is good business" ... but it still isn't a cure-all for journalism (192 shares). Meanwhile, the Reynolds Journalism Institute has just released the first of a five-part series based on 50 interviews with journalists, and this installment breaks down how journalists are embracing the innovation of Twitter (25 shares).

And special thanks to The Onion for brightening our news day with the piece and accompanying picture: Obama Currently Being Chased In Background Of Secret Service Hearing.

Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference, Nov. 20

Source Arkansas Publisher Weekly on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
(RJI) is inviting industry professionals to the second
Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference this fall and
the price of admission is two successful ideas –
proven winners that generated revenue, boosted
readership or improved your operation. The
Potter Conference will bring together community
news executives and leaders at the Missouri
School of Journalism for an exchange and dialogue
of best practices that will help sustain local
journalism, especially in small and rural markets.
The two-day event will be held November 20-
21 at RJI in Columbia, Mo. All participants will be
permitted to bring up to three colleagues from
their outlet or media group. For more information
or to apply:

As David Cohn exits, Circa looks to double its editorial team

Source Poynter on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

Circa’s chief content officer David Cohn will exit the company after two-and-a-half years for a job at a broadcast network, CEO Matt Galligan announced to his staff Friday.

With Cohn’s departure (no specific date on that yet), editor-in-chief Anthony De Rosa will assume full responsibility for editorial operations at Circa. De Rosa was brought on board in May 2013, and Cohn’s impending move — and last week’s launch of the latest edition of the Circa app — made this a good time to streamline how the news team is organized, Galligan said.

“I think it is one of the most interesting endeavors in journalism right now, bar none,” Cohn said of Circa, adding that it has led the growing movement of structured journalism.