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Survey results are telling

Source on April 11, 2013 0 Comments

Some things change, some don’t. That’s one of the themes that resonates from the results of the latest national readership survey conducted for the National Newspaper Association by the research arm of the Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo.

Journalism orgs launch free ebook for preventing, detecting and handling plagiarism and fabrication

Source Poynter on April 8, 2013 0 Comments

I didn’t expect much to happen when I suggested journalism associations come together “to have their ethics committees (and/or boards) look at this issue, gather what material and policies they have, and determine what guidance they can offer to newsrooms. This needs to be an initiative that cuts across organizations, mediums and disciplines to serve all journalists.”

JA Overview: Free Press Media Reform Denver Conference

By RJI on April 3, 2013 0 Comments

This week, the JA heads to the Media Reform Conference in Denver, brought to us by the good folks at Free Press. The JA gets to be one of the hundreds of participants joining with “Award-winning artists. Hollywood luminaries. Visionary activists. Veteran journalists. [and] D.C. heavyweights.” In addition to the Free Press Media Reform Conference that runs April 4th – 7th in Denver, Journalism that Matters will host “Journalism is Dead; Long Live Journalism” to discuss and consider fresh possibilities for the Front Range news ecosystem. Here’s a useful post from Patrick Kitano featured on Street Fight today focusing on the JTM Denver conference in which he outlines what he hopes to learn while there.

RJI: New Weekly Videos on the Future of News, Journalism

By RJI on April 2, 2013 0 Comments

Last week the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Missouri School of Journalism launched a new weekly video digest about the future of news and journalism. Futures Lab covers:

Behind-the-scenes case studies of cutting-edge work.
Profiles and interviews with leading innovators and entrepreneurs.
Tips on integrating new technologies across multiple platforms.
Insights from the latest industry research.
Management tips for fostering innovation.

"Journalism Now: Updates from the Front Line"

By RJI on April 2, 2013 0 Comments

David Cohn is a dynamic young entrepreneur who has been involved in several journalism startups. He has written for Wired, Seed, Columbia Journalism Review and The New York Times among other publications.

Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls

By RJI on March 28, 2013 0 Comments

The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle recently said they will start charging readers for online content, joining big papers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Some large papers have made it work because they offer a lot of unique content.

But the same holds true for tiny community newspapers, like the weekly Chinook Observer tucked in an isolated corner of Washington state.

Street Fight Daily: Yelp Launches Display Ads, TribLocal Reporters Sue

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

Yelp to Start Offering Mobile Display Ads in Bid for Revenue (AdAge)
Local business discovery and recommendation service Yelp will start hosting display ads in its mobile app. InterContinental Hotels Group and Taco Bell will be the inaugural advertisers in the new ad format, with IHG’s ads likely starting to appear on Monday and Taco Bell’s on Thursday.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s New Feed, Plum District Founder Out

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

Don’t Laugh at Zuckerberg’s Newspaper Metaphor, It’s More Accurate Than You Think (PandoDaily)
Facebook founder and hoodie-wearing CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims that local newspapers influenced the newly redesigned News Feed. He even compared today’s update to a local newspaper, the nonexistent Monterey Daily, much to the bewilderment of the tech press.

Limits on Behavioral Ads Could Give Publishers More Control (Street Fight)
Matt Sokoloff: As limits arise on behavioral ads, endemic sites (or sites with actionable user data) can essentially become ad networks. If browser limits mean that can no longer sell its data, then the opportunity exists for the company itself to develop a platform to sell audience extension.

Personalities Drive News Consumption

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

University of Missouri researchers have found that news organizations should target readers with certain personality traits to optimize their online viewership. Paul Bolls, an associate professor of strategic communication at the MU School of Journalism and a 2011-12 MU Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, has found that news consumers who have "reward-seeking" personalities are more likely to read their news online and on mobile devices and to engage with websites by leaving comments on stories and uploading user-generated content.

In a study accepted for presentation at the 2013 International Communication Association conference in June, Bolls surveyed more than 1,000 respondents and placed them into two groups: reward seekers and threat avoiders.

REDI, RJI Partner to Foster Media Startups Effort Emphasizes Entrepreneurship

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

The University of Missouri's Reynolds Journalism Institute is partnering with Regional Economic Development Inc. on a program to help media-related startups.

The media accelerator is intended to help media or journalism-related startups by reducing the time it takes to go from an idea to a successful launch.

BIFAD meeting focuses on agriculture research in Missouri and abroad

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) heard about University of Missouri (MU) research on Friday on subjects such as genetically-modified cassava, food contamination in the global supply chain and root biology in relation to drought. About three dozen professors, economists, students and scientists attended the public meeting at the university's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo.

Survey Shows Public Supports Local Newspapers

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

A 2012 national survey by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri shows that people still prefer their local papers for news and information. The survey was conducted in small U.S. towns and cities where the circulation size of the local newspaper was 15,000 or less.

Of those who participated in the survey, 52 percent were daily newspaper readers and 48 percent were non-daily readers. The circulation sizes of the newspapers ranged from 309 to 14,943. Results included:

How to get a job in journalism, Spring 2013 version

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

It’s How To Get a Job week in Participatory Journalism. I hear from students all the time that they don’t get enough of this while they’re here (or that they just feel like they could always use more), so all are welcome for our two classes this week. We meet Monday and Wednesday from 12-1:15 in Lee Hills Hall, 101A.

Today, we’re going to talk about figuring out what the narrative of your work is, and how to use social media to make that clear. Then we’ll go over some basics of resumes, portfolios, cover letters and references.

Interview with adFreeq about Culture at Work

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

Names like Craigslist and Ebay are commonly known as the big dogs of the classified ads world. But there is another system you should know about. AdFreeq is a new way of approaching the buyers and sellers connundrum, as well as consideration for publisher sites (TV/radio, newspaper, media portal, blog, and so on). Easily connecting people to the ads they are interested in real time, while integrating a simple widget onto a publishers site that looks and feels like the site. It eliminates the need to visit a dedicated site, so buyers find what they want, sellers sell their stuff, and publishers earn extra revenue.

Paper predicament

Source Global Times on March 25, 2013 0 Comments

"Chinese media firms, like other news media organizations, need to continue to explore effective ways of generating revenue streams, and they need to do so now," Zhigang Sun, associate director of research of The Donald W Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia, told the Global Times Friday.

RJI research team finds where Twitter, politics intersect

By RJI on March 18, 2013 0 Comments

Associate professor of communication Mitchell McKinney’s biggest surprise in his latest research came before he even had findings — he was frustrated by the fickleness of his data-gathering tools.

“My first surprise was the vendors we were using to help us capture tweets, and the Twitter system itself crashed on the night of the first (presidential) debate,” McKinney, who is part of a team at the Reynolds Journalism Institute studying how Twitter enhances political engagement, said. “I was just amazed that the social media folks were not able to anticipate that.”

Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow wants to protect content from online pirates

Source Editor & Publisher on March 15, 2013 0 Comments

As more newspapers begin to put their content behind a paywall, Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow Connie Farrow, along with Missouri-based American Newspaper Digital Access Corp. (, is developing a business model that will protect online content and return value to the newspapers.

'Brain-friendly' website design attracts more viewers

Source Mashable on March 11, 2013 0 Comments

Looking to attract more customers to your website? New research on media sites suggests that using a "brain friendly" design might do the trick.

The pros and cons of remotely covering the Mobile World Congress

Source MediaShift on March 8, 2013 0 Comments

Last year I wrote that I had "gone naked" at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year I went further — I ditched my body altogether.

70th annual ‘Pictures of the Year International’

Source Los Angeles Times on March 4, 2013 0 Comments

The winners of the 70th annual “Pictures of the Year International” awards were announced last week at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Here is a selection of the top winners in some of the categories. View the winning entries at and the winners list.