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Is journalism education changing fast enough?

Source Mediashift on October 1, 2014 0 Comments

Last week at the Online News Association convention in Chicago, we did a “lighting round” on our update of Searchlights and Sunglasses, the free digital learning resource Knight Foundation offered up last year to journalism education.

Startup site manifestos are press criticism

Source Columbia Journalism Review on September 26, 2014 0 Comments

They all have mission statements speaking to what is missing from news and how they plan to fix it.

From free to fee: How U.S. dailies decide to use paywalls

Source American Press Institute on September 23, 2014 0 Comments

University of Missouri School of Journalism scholars Mike Jenner, Esther Thorson, and Anna Kim analyzed paywall practices by surveying 416 publishers, or designees such as executive editors, from daily newspapers across the U.S.

Tablets Boost News Use on Smartphones

Source Net News Check on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

Smartphone owners who also have tablets are much more likely to use their smartphones for consuming news organization content than those who do not have tablets, according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Smartphone owners with tablets also are more likely to pay for subscriptions to mobile news content and to use smartphone newspaper apps.

Free stuff: Telling stories with data

Source CNPA on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

A new e-book, "Data + Design: A Simple Introduction to Preparing and Visualizing Information," takes the mystery out of collecting and using data to tell stories using visually engaging tools and techniques.

Reynolds Journalism Institute to host “Innovation in Community Newspapers Conference

Source Nebraska Press Association on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting industry professionals to the “Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers,” Nov. 20-21, 2014.

The price of admission is two successful ideas that generated revenue, boosted readership or improved the news operation in some way. The conference will bring together industry leaders to the Missouri School of Journalism for two days of exchange and dialogue of best practices that will help sustain local journalism, especially in small and rural markets.

Participants will bring a couple ideas of their own and go home with several other ideas to try.

9 Media Startups to Present at Collab/Space Chicago

Source MediaShift on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

Encouraged by the great feedback we received following last month’s Collab/Space in New York highlighting intrapreneurial projects, we’re now taking Collab/Space to Chicago to workshop promising media startups in the Midwest and beyond. Collab/Space Chicago will take place at TechNexus’ headquarters in the Lyric Opera Building, on September 24, the day before the ONA14 conference.

Study links tablets, smartphones to news consumption

Source News & Tech on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

A new study from Reynolds Journalism Institute found that smartphone users who also have tablets are much more likely to use their smartphones for consuming news content than those who do not have tablets.

Smartphone users with tablets are also more likely to pay for subscriptions to mobile news content and to use smartphone newspaper apps. More than 77 percent of smartphone owners who also have a tablet said they use their smartphone to consume content provided by news organizations vs. 62 percent of those who don’t own tablets. The influence of tablets on mobile news consumption was greatest among smartphone owners aged 55 or older. Those who paired their smartphone with their tablet were much more likely to have annual household incomes of $75,000 or more, and to have college degrees.

'Data+Design': free ebook released for data visualisation

Source Journalism.co.uk on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

A free ebook on data visualisation was launched earlier this week to make the practice more accessible to those without specialised training.

Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of crowdfunded data visualisation start-up Infoactive, started work on Data + Design after receiving a request for data tutorials from a contributor. The ebook was also made available as an open source project on GitHub.

"One of our goals for the book was to make it easier for people that are more design-oriented," Chiasson told Journalism.co.uk, "or communications-oriented, or don't have that background in statistics, to be able to make sense of data and understand what they need to know, because a lot of text books about data are written by technical people and never edited for non-technical audiences.

"So a big part of this for us was making a guide that's very conversational and very friendly, something that designers would want to read rather than something that designers look at and they say 'oh you know this is a lot of maths talk, this isn't for me'."

MIT Technology Review Names Chris Shipley to Live Events Team as Executive Producer

Source Review Seeker on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today, MIT Technology Review announced the addition of Chris Shipley to its live events team. In her role as executive producer, Shipley will draw on her years of experience in both media and events to conceptualize, program, and produce new and unique live-event experiences for the global media company.

LIONshare could put millions in ad revenue in coffers of local media publishers

Source SNPA on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

By Conrad Jungmann – Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
Over the next year, RJI and LION Digital Media will be transforming LIONshare® from an internal system into an open platform called LIONshare® Media Planner that can be freely accessed by all digital marketers and publishers. Here is a breakdown of what they are building.

What drives a successful digital strategy? Some ideas from New York Public Radio

Source LNR on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

RJI :: We visited their office and sat down with Thomas Hjelm, executive vice president and chief digital officer, to find out what drives their success across platforms.

Read Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise, www.rjionline.org

Reynolds Fellow's e-book will help journalists tell stories with data

Source LNR on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

RJI :: A new e-book from Infoactive CEO Trina Chiasson and Northwestern University Statistical Programmer Dyanna Gregory will take the mystery out of collecting and using data to tell stories using visually engaging tools and techniques.

What Supplies Do You Need for a Newspaper Company?

Source Chron on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

Large, daily newspapers have suffered declines in readership from online competition, but readership of community newspapers remains steady. According to a 2011 National Newspaper Association and Reynolds Journalism Institute survey, 74 percent of people in communities with newspapers with circulations less than 15,000 read a local newspaper at least weekly; 73 percent read all or most content; and 66 percent said the ads helped them make purchases. A community-minded entrepreneur might consider becoming a publisher.

Conference Paper: “Missing Links: The Digital News Preservation”

Source Infodocket on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

The following paper was presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly) Newspaper Section Satellite Meeting in Lyon, France, August 13-15, 2014.

The Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers

Source Florida Press e-Bulletin on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute 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, Missouri. All participants will be permitted to bring up to three colleagues from their outlet or media group.

Bring Two Proven Ideas, leave with 40

Source MO Press on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

Have you successfully implemented an idea at your news organization in the last year and thought, "Wow, I could use 20 more like that"? We can help.

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting industry professionals to the second Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference this fall and the price of admission is two successful ideas - proven winner 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 in Columbia for an exchange and dialogue of best practices that will help sustain local journalism, especially in small and rural markets.

Which Media Budgets Are Being Cannibalized to Fund Video Ad Spending?

Source Marketing Charts on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

Notes: Video ad buyers are most likely to be drawing from display budgets to fund spending increases in the next 12 months, with broadcast and cable TV also under the gun. Interestingly, unlike agencies, trading desks and ad networks, brands are more likely to be cannibalizing cable than broadcast TV budgets, as there has been a significant increase from last year’s results in the proportion of brands that will be drawing video ad budgets from cable TV. Also of note, brands are more likely to be pulling funds this year from display and search, but less likely to be diverting funds from print.

Advertising and PR Industry Continues to Suffer From Low Public Perception

Source Marketing Charts on September 16, 2014 0 Comments

Notes: Just 37% of Americans have a positive view of the advertising and public relations industry, which puts it behind reputationally-challenged industries such as pharma and banking (each at 40%). With 33% of survey respondents having a negative view of the advertising and PR industry, the net positive rating for the industry is just 4%, on par with pharma as the 6th-worst among 25 measured. By comparison, the restaurant industry has the highest net-positive rating, of 60% (67% positive versus just 7% negative), while the retail (40%) and travel (37%) industries also have relatively good reputations.

The Guardian taps former Google exec to strengthen tech industry ties

Source VentureBeat on September 4, 2014 0 Comments

U.K. newspaper the Guardian has decided to open up its first office on the U.S. West Coast, and it’s doing so by hiring former Google head of media partnerships David Gehring.