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Introducing Real-Time Social Journalism at RJI’s MobileFirst Symposium

Source Bubble And Blender on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

On a cold Sunday evening in February, John Walton (@thatjohn) took a break from binge watching House of Cards Season 2, and logged on to an aviation forum to catch up with colleagues a half a world away. A freelance aviation journalist, Walton and his friends were watching air traffic when it became clear that an Ethiopian Airlines 737 had flown dramatically off course. As they listened in to air traffic control, the reason for the misdirection became clear: the aircraft’s pilot had hi-jacked the plane and was seeking amnesty in Geneva, Switzerland.

This journalist knew he had a story and he knew he had it hours before any other reporter was likely to. He didn’t, however, have a printing press or a broadcast tower or even a well-trafficked web site, for that matter. He did have Twitter and more than 3,000 followers. So, at 8:25p.m. EST on February 16, John used the only publishing platform at his disposal to break the news.

Recognizing the value of news you get

Source Whidbey News-Times on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

In 2011, only 41 percent of newspapers in the United States were using some form of meter or paywall. According to the Reynolds Journalism Institute, that number has climbed to 70 percent.

Digital paywalls are the newspaper model now

Source JackLail.com on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

2013 was the year when paywalls became the norm for newspapers. 70 percent of newspapers now have some sort of paywall, according to a survey by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. That's up from 41 percent in 2011 and 47 percent in 2012.

RJI Study: Newspapers growing revenue in non-traditional ways

Source iNews Design on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

Although the overall amounts are small, a handful of alternative revenue streams pursued by daily newspapers are throwing off double-digit profits.

And while monetizing digital operations remains a challenge, daily newspaper publishers expect digital revenue to represent a significantly greater share of their revenue stream in the coming three years.

Interviews with 416 publishers in a recent telephone survey revealed strong expectations that their papers’ reliance on print revenue would decline in the coming three years and that digital and alternative sources would represent a growing share of overall revenue.

Editor's Weekly: St. Louis history is a hit with current residents

Source St. Louis Public Radio on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

In contrast to historical reporting that looks back with clarity, I spent Monday at a conference that looked forward with some uncertainty. The gathering, called Mobile First, was organized by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Mizzou Journalism School.

Be informed!

Source Emissourian.com on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

Do you know who is running for office in the April elections? Do you know what other issues are on the ballot? Do you care? Of course you should and the odds are you probably do. That’s according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the Insight and Survey Center at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Smartphones changing face of journalism

Source WAMC: Northeast Public Radio on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

A survey by the Reynolds Journalism Institute finds that the smartphone has become an important platform for accessing the news. Sixty-three percent of smartphone users report that they used their smartphone to access news semi-regularly during a 2012 survey.

Why Warren Buffett owns this community newspaper publisher and why you should too

Source The Motley Fool on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute found in a 2013 survey that in small U.S. towns and cities where the circulation size of the local newspaper was 15,000 or less, 96 percent and 75 percent of readers respectively paid for their newspaper and read all or most of the publication.

Recognizing the value of news you get | Publisher's Column

Source Whidbey News-Times on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

For nearly 125 years, the Whidbey News-Times has been providing loyal readers with coverage they can count on.

The industry has been transformed countless times during that century, going from hot-lead presses to giant floppy disks to all-desktop. Now into our second century, newspapers are finding a place on the Internet.

Our most avid website readers will notice something new starting today. All website readers will be prompted to either register their print subscription account for full online access at no additional charge, and others will be invited to subscribe.

58% of News Organizations Are in for a Big Surprise

Source Bubble And Blender on April 7, 2014 0 Comments

The funny thing about data, big or small, is that with the right lens, you can see just about anything you want.

In an article headlined “Newspaper publishers remain optimistic about future of their industry,” my beloved and esteemed Reynolds Journalism Institute announced the results the second annual Publishers Confidence Index, a study of more than 400 publishers conducted by Michael M. Jenner for RJI and the Missouri School of Journalism. Despite undisputed evidence that the newspaper industry has been profoundly and unreversibly disrupted by technology, changing demographics, and modern business models, “an overwhelming majority of publishers in a recent survey — 69 percent — expressed optimism about the future of their business,” the article reported.

SheByShe Survey Finds Women Have Love/hate Relationships With Smartphones

Source Digital Journal on April 7, 2014 0 Comments

Burlingame, CA - (PRWEB) March 25, 2014

SheByShe™, a new women's opinion site dedicated to giving women a voice, today announced the strong, conflicting results of its "Smartphones: What Women Think" survey. Although smartphones have rapidly evolved into a necessity, with 54 percent of those surveyed saying they "can't live without" their smartphones; the respondents also expressed grave concerns about the impact pervasive smartphone use is having on society, families and children. Of the women responding to the survey, mostly Internet-savvy, millennial working women, 71 percent said they were deeply bothered when seeing so many people engrossed in smartphones in public, and only 25 percent think smartphones are having a positive impact overall on society. Thirty-six percent feel smartphones are having a negative impact on society, and 39 percent believe the impact is neutral.

"These survey results reveal an interesting paradox; women seem to be saying they love their smartphones when they work for them, and they hate their smartphones when they don't, and yes, sometimes it's both things at once," said Chris Shipley, leading technology industry analyst, entrepreneur and currently a Reynolds Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Updating the Missouri Method with Rapid Iteration, Multiplatform Delivery

Source TMCnet.com on April 7, 2014 0 Comments

COLUMBIA, Mo., March 21 -- The University of Missouri's School of Journalism issued the following news release: What causes species to migrate? Inhospitable conditions? A yearning for home? A longing for greener pastures? In the case of multiplatform migration in news, it's quite possibly a combination of all three. The conditions that once supported robust life are rapidly degenerating for television and radio affiliates and newspapers alike. Those conditions are urging journalists to reinvent themselves within a better ecosystem.

BBG’s Will Sullivan Speaks at SXSW Interactive

Source Broadcasting Board of Governors on March 19, 2014 0 Comments

BBG’s Director of Mobile, Will Sullivan, spoke at South By Southwest Interactive last week in a session entitled, “43 Tongues” about the launching the Voice of America mobile apps in 43 languages.

Sullivan’s session was part of SXSWi’s “Future 15″ emerging and new technology track, focused on quick dives in new technologies and skills for emerging markets. The presentation discussed how to localize content and user experiences for global audiences. The audience was made up of leaders from international media outlets like Deutsche Welle and Radio Netherlands, and global marketing firms such as Weber Shandwick. Sullivan’s presentation peaked quite a bit of interest in person and on Twitter. Afterwards several members of the audience had follow-up questions to learn more about building international news and information products.

Updating the Missouri Method with Rapid Iteration, Multi-Platform Delivery

Source MediaShift on March 18, 2014 0 Comments

This is the second installment of Jim Flink’s coverage of his new multi-platform experiment at the University of Missouri. Check out his opening piece that ran in February on EducationShift.

What causes species to migrate? Inhospitable conditions? A yearning for home? A longing for greener pastures?

In the case of multi-platform migration in news, it’s quite possibly a combination of all three. The conditions that once supported robust life are rapidly degenerating for television and radio affiliates and newspapers alike. Those conditions are urging journalists to reinvent themselves within a better ecosystem.

Creating innovative mobile products for emerging markets

Source SNPA on March 17, 2014 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute's Mobile First symposium on March 31-April 1 has reached full capacity and registrations are no longer being accepted. But the event will be streamed live during both days. Sign up to watch the live stream. If you have questions about attendance, please click here.
Speaker spotlight: Will Sullivan

Of the 7 billion people on Earth, 5 billion people don't have access to the Internet, says Will Sullivan, director of mobile at the Broadcasting Board of Governors and a guest speaker at this month's Mobile First symposium.

Tribune launches data-mapping site called Neighborhoods

Source The Columbia Tribune on March 17, 2014 0 Comments

The Tribune Sunday unveiled a new data-mapping website called Neighborhoods that offers residents an easy way to see what's going on where they live.

The website, which represents the nation's first large-scale deployment of the OpenBlock software, features arrest reports, emergency dispatch activity, tweets that include location information, restaurant inspections, Tribune news stories and more, with most of the data being served up in real time. Users of the site also can post "Neighbor Messages" to share information with their neighbors. The data can be filtered by location and topic and viewed on a map or in a list.

NDX Releases “FSIs By-The-Numbers” Showcasing Market Penetration and Engagement

Source Digital Journal on March 17, 2014 0 Comments

St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) March 11, 2014

NDX, an advertising technology and services company, in collaboration with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, today released Newspaper FSIs By-The Numbers, a comprehensive review of market penetration and engagement for newspaper freestanding inserts (FSIs) compiled from the NDX Source database of newspaper product, publication and distribution records. The report includes market coverage information of 325 million Gross Impressions per week from 5,146 publications in 210 DMAs (Designated Marketing Areas) and 32,772—or 80%--of total US zip codes.

Insights from the 2014 Key Executives Mega-Conference

Source SNPA on March 10, 2014 0 Comments

I'll cut right to the chase. Below are bulleted highlights from two of the early sessions at this year's conference.

Terry Heaton, president, Reinvent21, on "Content Marketing: Fun and profit beyond the advertorial box":

I prefer to be a media company with a newspaper (not a newspaper with a media company).
The old model was hierarchal: News organizations delivered the news to the masses. The new model is the network: Folks now have the tools to talk to and among themselves. They don't need a traditional top-down news organization. We're seeing the disruption of hierarchy.

'Pictures of the Year International' award given to AA's photojournalist

Source AA on March 3, 2014 1 Comment
'Pictures of the Year International' award given to AA's photojournalist

Anadolu Agency’s photojournalist, Mosaab Elshamy, was given the Award of Excellence in the world’s most important media photo contests “Pictures of the Year International” (POYi).

Express-News photographer Lisa Krantz wins honors

Source My San Antonio on March 3, 2014 0 Comments
Lisa Krantz

San Antonio Express-News photographer Lisa Krantz took first-place honors in the Pictures of the Year International Competition presented by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.