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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.

RJI Futures Lab update #68: Rethinking the story mix and training citizen videographers

Source Curation Empire on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

This week we find out how online news startup Ozy is rethinking news content, and we learn how human rights group Witness works with citizens to generate video reports from the ground.

Our weekly program is hosted by Reuben Stern of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

For more information and supplementary links that complement this video, visit our website:

How small newspapers can cover local elections well

Source American Press Institute on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

Scott Swafford, a 2013–2014 Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri, looked at 292 articles from 28 newspapers with circulations less than 50,000 (most far less) and found that there was very little horse-race coverage, but in many cases there was very little coverage at all. He shares his lessons in this presentation.

iPad satisfaction starts high and rises, University of Missouri study finds

Source Biz Journals on October 8, 2014 0 Comments

It’s safe to say that the iPad is different.

Nearly 15 months after the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad’s debut, owners report “exceptionally high” satisfaction levels that appear to increase over time, according to University of Missouri research.

“It’s unusual for new technology devices,” Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing at MU’s Reynolds Journalism Institute, said in a release. “In most cases, satisfaction tends to drop off significantly after about 13 weeks. That clearly is not the trend with the iPad.”

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.