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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 “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes From the Digital Age” instantly made other texts seem outdated, with its responsive Web experience developed by Knight Creative Director Eric Schoenborn and Web designer Chris Rosenthal.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.

Too many local journalists are missing the big story: Revenue

Source StreetFight on October 3, 2013 0 Comments

Journalists, bless them, are passionate creatures. They are committed to goals, issues and people that never have enough guardian angels — like fairness and justice, good government, the underdog. And, not least, freedom of the press.

TVNewsCheck's Newsroom Tuesday

Source TVNewsCheck's Newsroom Tuesday on October 1, 2013 0 Comments

Rob Barrett, Yahoo's VP of news and finance: "The seeds of what I expect, and I know what a lot of people expect, will be trends and activities that will be much more dominant over the next five years and I think the journalists will play a big part in a number of pursuits that are not thought of as classic journalism."

Journalism for navigating uncertainty: The engagement principle

Source Journalism That Matters on October 1, 2013 0 Comments

As the founders knew when they shaped the First Amendment to guarantee free speech and a free press, engagement is essential to democracy and to vibrant community life. As Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, Mike Fancher, puts it, public trust grows through public engagement.

Wrapping your brain around neuromarketing and biometric research measures

Source HCD Insights on September 27, 2013 0 Comments

Marketing is getting big on brains! Today’s buzz is about Neuromarketing, a research approach that uses biometric measures to peer inside the brain "on" advertising.

Five takeaways from the 2013 GeekWire summit

Source Communiqué PR on September 23, 2013 0 Comments

Seattle is a geek’s town and last week the team at aptly named GeekWire hosted some of Seattle’s brightest tech minds for its 2013 GeekWire Summit.

Most mobile news consumers prefer browser over apps, RJI finds

Source Knight Digital Media Center on September 23, 2013 0 Comments

While many news organizations still focus much of their mobile strategy and budget on building apps, new research from the Reynolds Journalism Institute finds that more people access mobile news via the web browser on their smartphone or tablet, rather than an app. What's more: mobile news consumers seem to like the browser experience better.

Through the looking Glass

Source Columbia Daily Tribune on August 29, 2013 0 Comments

Geeks aren't the only people wearing Google Glass.