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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.

Experience the Ferguson shooting from the witnesses' perspectives

Source Kill Screen on December 19, 2014 0 Comments

A new experimental project by Fusion, in conjunction with Empathetic Media and the Reynolds Journalism Institute, showcases the potential of using virtual reality and game development tools as an apparatus for reporting real-world events.

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

Source on December 3, 2014 0 Comments

Matt Thompson (@mthomps) will join the leadership of 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.

Graphic Novel

Source Editor & Publisher on November 13, 2014 0 Comments

In February, E&P introduced you to Infoactive, a startup that helps people turn complex data and migraine-inducing statistics into understandable charts and graphics. Founded by Trina Chiasson, a Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute research fellow, Infoactive’s simple drag-and-drop format can be a godsend for journalists who are trying to jazz up an otherwise mundane story.

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.

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.