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The complicated story of Bowe Bergdahl's release

Source KBIA on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

On Saturday, May 31, President Barack Obama stood on the White House lawn flanked by Bergdahl's parents, to annnounce his release. Since then, the story has taken several twists and turns. Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

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RJI Futures Lab update #37: Apps and tips for mobile reporting

Source Rodolo on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

This week we bring together a few of our best segments related to mobile reporting to give you ideas for producing news via smartphone. Program is hosted by …
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Waywire Expands Advisory Board - New Members Added

Source CMS on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Waywire Networks today announced that it had elected four industry leaders to its Advisory Board. Joining the Advisory board are Tim Hanlon, Richard Titus, Michelle Kraus and Mike Wheeler. A diverse group with backgrounds in technology, media, advertising, and digital video, they bring a wide breadth of understanding of the media industries roots and rapidly expanding future.

Newsrooms need innovation teams ASAP

Source MediaPost on June 12, 2014 0 Comments

Most journalists recognize the breathtaking pace of change taking place in our industry. The challenge for each of us lies in how we respond and adapt to these changes. This semester, the Missouri School of Journalism and Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute set out to test that adaptability in six of its newsrooms, creating a rapid-iteration, multiplatform content creation course that builds upon a far-reaching curriculum that prepares the next generation of journalists.

Social Journalism Hackathon Underway at RJI, #RJIhacks

Source Media Bistro on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

Interested in hacking social journalism? The Reynold’s Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism is hosting a Hackathon event “[tackling] challenge questions that seek to discover new tools, business models and news services that deliver context-rich, real-time social journalism to users across digital platforms” this weekend.

Learn to write code, build a web scraper at our September workshop

Source IRE on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

IRE and the University of Missouri Journalism School once again will offer a data journalism workshop this September, where students will learn how to write code in Python to clean datasets and to build a web scraper.

The workshop will be held Sept. 4-7. The lead instructor for this workshop will be data journalism pioneer Chase Davis, assistant editor for interactive news development at The New York Times.

Attending the workshop will allow students to earn one hour of pass/fail credit; students who wish to earn two hours of graded credit can choose to complete an independent study project (build a web scraper) in the four weeks following the workshop.

Don't Be Socially Awkward

Source RadioInk on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

It's often said -- and it's true -- that radio is the original social media. But today, you also have your air talent and other staffers tweeting, posting, sharing -- maybe even pinning and Tumbling. It's all a great complement to your over-the-air presentation, letting listeners connect to stations, advertisers, and each other in unprecedented ways. But do you really understand how to make the best of these new social channels, in tandem with your existing resources, to create great new value propositions for audiences and advertisers alike?

At the "Social Media: Best Practices" panel at Radio Ink's Convergence -- coming up next week, June 4-5 in Santa Clara, in California's Silicon Valley -- panelists will uncover and explore compelling opportunities for broadcasters in social media that you may not have yet considered. Learn how you can get the best return on your investment of time and money in social media -- and the risks of using social media incorrectly or, worse, pretending it doesn't exist.

Sponsored: Hack the Future of Journalism

Source Women 2 Go on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

By Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, in partnership with the Public Media Platform and KQED, is inviting developers, journalists and innovative thinkers to come together to build tools that help journalists improve the quality of news and information in a social media world.

The activity will take place at RJI’s first hackathon the weekend of May 31-June 1 at KQED in San Francisco.

The event is sponsored by Google, with additional support from Wayin and Chute. Hack the Future of Journalism is also part of National Day of Civic Hacking.

RJI Selects 13 Storytellers to Become Reynolds Fellows

Source MediaShift on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

RJI, or the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, has awarded 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, the largest number that it’s handed out yet. But what may be even bigger news is that six of those fellows will take part in so-called “institutional fellowships,” under which they’ll work directly with media organizations, such as the Washington Post and the Texas Tribune, to try to find solutions to the challenges that face the news industry every day.

The companies that are involved have honed in on a project and a person to oversee it, and RJI will give each company $20,000 and other funds to cover travel and other expenses for the project. The current group of companies that are taking part in the institutional fellowships include the Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, VML, LION Digital Media, Huckle Media and the Texas Tribune.

In addition to the six institutional fellowships, RJI has tapped two residential fellows to work full-time on their projects in Columbia, three non-residential fellows, and two University of Missouri campus fellows.

Faribault Daily News' Smith wins national fellowship

Source on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

Faribault Daily News’ Smith wins national fellowship

Jaci Smith, managing editor of the Faribault Daily News, was named a 2014-2015 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, one of 13 nationwide who will work with RJI on a wide range of projects to advance the journalism industry.

Smith will spend eight months starting this fall working on the creation of a native advertising program that can be implemented by small community newspapers nationwide. RJI will provide funds to cover travel and other expenses to Daily News parent company Huckle Media LLC to get the project done.

Reynolds Journalism Institute fellowship program grows

Source The Columbia Tribune on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute expanded its fellowship program this year, opening the door to institutional fellows, leading to an expansion of the overall number of people and groups studying how to improve journalism.

RJI announced the year's round of fellows last week, including institutions such as The Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio and The Texas Tribune. Other institutional fellows are LION Digital Media, Huckle Media and VML.

How Students Used PublishThis to Curate RJI’s Mobile First Symposium

Source Journalism.Missouri on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

At the Missouri School of Journalism, students are guinea pigs for new innovations, products and processes that are breaking ground in the news and digital spheres.

Ten students in Jim Flink‘s Emerging Technologies class had firsthand experience using a curation news application during a live event, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute‘s Mobile First symposium in early April. Students selected and commented on content related to presentations by speakers from Google, CNN, Hearst, Scripps, Mashable and other media and technology companies. Their work was published in real time at

Our opinion: Protecting your right to know

Source Reformer on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

"For decades, Vermont has been at the bottom of the list of states for the public's right to know the truth about government operations, records and meetings."

So begins a recent opinion piece by Joe Choquette, sent by the Vermont Press Association to various media outlets around the state.

(As a point of full disclosure, Choquette is a longtime lobbyist with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, whose clients include the Vermont Press Association, which represents the interests of the 11 daily and more than four dozen non-daily newspapers in Vermont.)

Majority of Smartphone Owners are Now Routinely Using News Apps

Source Editor & Publisher on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

More than 6 in 10 smartphone owners are now routinely using news apps on their smartphones according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI).

Nearly 3 in 10 are using smartphone news apps branded by newspapers.

How To Create a Media Partnership

Source The Communications Network on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

For the past year, the Rasmuson Foundation has been partnering with the Anchorage Daily News (ADN) on a special project, “State of Intoxication,” a print and video series about the profound effects over-consumption has on the lives of Alaskans.

This was the first high-profile partnership between for-profit news media and philanthropy in Alaska, and as such, it raised a lot of questions and generated a lot of ideas.

RJI fellows focus on community and how tech affects news

Source Knight Digital Media Center on May 21, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute recently awarded 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, choosing projects that engage communities, grow news venue revenues and seek to make the most efficient use of new technology. Now funding its seventh class of fellowships, RJI has awarded a total of 51 fellows since 2004.

Women winning Pulitzer Prizes

Source Mizzou Mag on May 21, 2014 0 Comments

Now an associate professor and a Reynolds Fellow of journalism at MU, Volz wondered what it takes for female journalists to reach their field’s highest level. Recently she published an article about gender disparities among winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (Volume 90, No. 2).

My Two Cents application claims top honors at RJI Tech Showcase

Source MU College of Engineering on May 9, 2014 0 Comments

The University of Missouri’s Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) named the winner of its seventh annual Tech Showcase on April 21.

Alumnus leads development of MU Gameday football app

Source MU College of Engineering on May 9, 2014 0 Comments

Tyten Teegarden, who earned his bachelor’s in information technology in 2010, and four convergence journalism students began work on an MU Gameday app last semester.

App Developed by MU Students Helps Users Alert Dispatchers in Emergencies

Source The Columbia Tribune on May 8, 2014 0 Comments

The creators of a smartphone application that can transmit a user's location to 911 dispatchers in the event of an emergency hope their product can help increase the safety of their customers and their communities.

The creators of the SafeTrek app — a group of current and former University of Missouri students — came up with the idea for the app after hearing concerns from friends about feeling uneasy while walking home or to their car late at night.

"We had recently gone to a student government conference with other SEC schools, and campus safety was a big discussion topic," said Zach Beattie, one of the SafeTrek founders.

The app is simple. The user opens up the app, presses the main button on the screen and holds it until he or she feels safe. As soon as the user takes the finger off the button, he or she is prompted to enter a pin. If users don't enter the pin within 10 seconds, the app alerts a third-party call center, which then relays the location information to dispatchers.