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Former FounderFuel startup Infoactive eyes a few big months ahead

Source BetaKit on November 21, 2013 0 Comments

Former FounderFuel startup InfoActive and its CEO Trina Chaisson have slowly plied away at their trade since graduating the Montreal-based accelerator program in November 2012. Soon all the patience will result in something tangible.

Trina Chiasson launches Kickstarter campaign for Infoactive

Source Tech Cocktail on November 21, 2013 0 Comments

Trina Chiasson, CEO of Infoactive, yesterday launched her inaugural Kickstarter campaign. She is in the process of building a Web app that pulls live data streams into interactive, responsive images that bring infographics to life on websites.

How to make infographics with zero design skills

Source Fastcolabs.com on November 20, 2013 0 Comments

Data isn’t sexy, and getting you to think it is takes a lot of work. Enter startup InfoActive, which plans to break infographics wide open and make it simple and easy for anyone looking to present their data in a way that’s both visually interesting and interactive.

Vote set on merger of Beacon, St. Louis Public Radio

Source St. Louis Beacon on November 20, 2013 0 Comments

After more than a year of discussion, two Grand Center neighbors are about to take the plunge in the belief that one news organization plus another news organization can add up to more than two.

Warren Buffett loves newspapers, but should you?

Source Motley Fool on November 19, 2013 0 Comments

Warren Buffett loves newspapers. Indeed, Buffett has regularly claimed that newspapers are in his blood. He has had a fascination with them ever since he started his first job as a newspaper boy. Many other investment managers have sniffed at this, disregarding the printed news industry as a dying breed. However, I'm of the opinion that Buffett has a point.

Pushing Change in Journalism Education with Revamped EducationShift Section

Source MediaShift on November 14, 2013 0 Comments

When I launched PBS MediaShift back in January 2006, I wanted to focus our coverage on how digital disruption was changing various media businesses, from newspapers to magazines to TV to movies. But when I visited Ball State’s communication and journalism program in 2007, I realized that there was yet another institution about to be disrupted in a massive way: journalism education.

How can universities, colleges, professors and teachers prepare students for a real world in constant change? How can they give them the tools and mindset needed to succeed in digital media? So far, the results haven’t been impressive. A recent survey by Poynter Institute’s NewsU found that 96% of academics believe a journalism degree is “very” or “extremely” important for students to understand the values of journalism — while just 57% of professionals felt the same.

Project seeks to inform voters

Source News-PressNow.com on November 6, 2013 0 Comments

Covering local elections on ballot issues and for seats on city and town councils, boards of trustees, school boards and county commissions is one of the most important jobs a community newspaper can do. Too often, though, the demands of thorough election coverage prove difficult for the staffs of smaller newspapers to meet.

Tech Titans: Look for Community, Not Customers, to Transform Journalism

By RJI on October 30, 2013 0 Comments

Tech titans will find that "sales" won't transform journalism -- fellowship will.

In The New York Times, the Media Equation columnist David Carr nicely sums up the move of technology titans into the world of journalism: "For all their differences, the news and technology businesses share a kind of utopianism, an idealistic belief that the work of human hands can make life better for other humans."

Truth. But the levers of commerce that deliver for journalism are the intangibles that deliver fellowship to community life. Although tech titans like Amazon's Jeff Bezos and eBay's Pierre Omidyar deal in intangibles every day, they still have lots to discover about how information moves a community.

ISelect begins picking startups

Source St. Louis Business Journal on October 28, 2013 0 Comments

ISelect, which is promoting a group of promising startups to potential investors, has announced the handful of companies in its first class. Those companies include adFreeq.

ONA conference showcases innovation in digital journalism

Source Knight Blog on October 25, 2013 0 Comments

Knight Foundation debuted a new digital book by its senior adviser to the president, Eric Newton, that advocates a revolution in journalism education. “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes From the Digital Age” instantly made other texts seem outdated, with its responsive Web experience developed by Knight Creative Director Eric Schoenborn and Web designer Chris Rosenthal.

Eric Newton: Journalism education isn’t evolving fast enough, and you should help change that

By RJI on October 21, 2013 0 Comments

A year ago, I joined a group of foundations that sparked a debate over the future of journalism education by writing to America’s university presidents. The digital age has turned traditional journalism upside down, we observed, but not made much of a dent in journalism education.

We gave it our best shot. But we really didn’t settle anything. The debate rolls on. Only a fraction of journalism professors and schools (the digitally savvy ones) will accept they have a problem.

New digital book on journalism’s future is call for change and teaching tool

By RJI on October 21, 2013 0 Comments

Eric Newton, the former the managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, is sharing his perspective -- his field notes -- with a new digital book on the major challenges facing journalism and its future.

“Searchlights and Sunglasses” is a digital expedition that draws on everything from Ancient Greece to science fiction writers to place the industry’s evolution in perspective. It also pushes journalists and educators to better blend traditional journalistic values with digital age platforms. It urges them to go beyond comfort news, to take advantage of new tools to both inform and engage the public, and to make sure today’s journalism students are ready for tomorrow’s digital jobs. That last point is perhaps the most important part: “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes From the Digital Age of Journalism” is not just a call for change but an example of that change. More than 1,000 lesson plans, resources and tools for educators are embedded in the HTML5 site. Newton developed this “learning layer” in partnership with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, where he is a fellow.

The future of wire services and a truth layer for the Internet

By RJI on October 21, 2013 0 Comments

From the Reynolds Journalism Institute

Wire services have traditionally enabled news outlets to offer a broad range of topics by supplying them with national and global content. But with news from everywhere readily available online, we explore how the value proposition may be changing and how news services are adapting.

adFreeq founder creates Hackton, a home for Columbia programmers

Source Silicon Prairie on October 17, 2013 0 Comments

Hackton (pronounced Hack-tin) sounds like it could be the name of a town in your county, which is exactly what Peter Meng, founder and CEO of adFreeq, was going for when he launched the Columbia-based community space for programmers Sept. 20.

Newspapers Are Dead rumor needs to die

Source Henry Daily Herald on October 16, 2013 0 Comments

The fact is that while very large newspapers have faced big challenges to their businesses, America’s thousands of community papers are as healthy as their communities.

How to get census data during the government shutdown

Source Pew Research Center on October 14, 2013 0 Comments

Among the many data casualties that have resulted from the federal government shutdown is the shuttered U.S. Census Bureau website, which is critical for many people, from demographers to journalists. But with a little digging, fellow data users, we’ve found that there are still several ways to access government data.

Thanks for reading all these years

By RJI on October 7, 2013 0 Comments

In its June issue, Editor & Publisher ran information regarding community newspapers. Based on statistics gathered by Reynolds Journalism Institute, it told us 77.4 percent of those surveyed read the newspaper for local news and information.

That is pleasing to us. We appreciate the loyalty our readers have shown us since we opened the doors some 134 years ago.

As other types of media enter the forum, that statistics tells us that people want their community newspaper and rely on what it is the newspaper offers them on a daily basis.

Who's a journalist? Closing in on a definition

Source Huffington Post on October 4, 2013 0 Comments

The debate over "who's a journalist" is getting more urgent. Fortunately, the outlines of a definition are becoming clearer. Might some basic ethical tests help in further drawing the lines?

News consumers pairing tablets with smartphones

Source Editor & Publisher on October 3, 2013 0 Comments

Editor & Publisher features research by RJI as part of this month's Data Page section of the magazine.

Journalism and games: News literacy edition

Source Future Journalism Project on October 3, 2013 0 Comments

ProPublica’s Sisi Wei just wrote a piece for PBS MediaShift on how to create compelling newsgames, that is, games that seek to reach, inform and engage news readers by involving them in the issues at hand.