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'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.

The Commercial Appeal's photojournalism project on South Memphis wins top award

The Commercial Appeal’s photojournalism project on South Memphis entitled “What Obama Didn’t See” has won first place for picture editing in the 2013 Pictures of the Year International journalism competition.

Valuable treasure

By RJI on February 28, 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.

Star Tribune journalists win awards in Pictures of the Year International competition

By RJI on February 28, 2013 0 Comments

Three Star Tribune visual journalists won awards from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute 2012 Pictures of the Year International competition.

5 ways to engage more with your audience — in person and online

By RJI on February 18, 2013 0 Comments

We found that we got better at doing engagement with practice. As I was writing this, Poynter’s Mallary Tenore asked me when we failed. The answer is: It was always about experimenting, not failure or success.

Survey ‘Paywalls’ May Not Be as Good as They Sound for Local Media

By RJI on February 13, 2013 0 Comments

In a recent blog post, Digital First Media CEO John Paton discussed his company’s test of using Google Consumer Surveys instead of a traditional paywall to realize additional revenue. The idea is that users would pay for content with their data, rather than their cash. But while this format might potentially be more profitable than a traditional paywall for a local media company, I’m not quite sure it’s a sustainable substitute. And it might end up helping the competition.

It’s a great concept in the abstract. A user who is accessing unique content is more willing to answer a survey question than to pay. And the survey response will yield the publisher somewhere around $0.05.

Changing Media Business Models

By RJI on February 4, 2013 0 Comments

As a Print and Digital journalism major, I am constantly inundated with peoples’ thoughts on the changing state of the news industry. Listening to Stephanie Padgett speak Monday, however, made me realize that the advertising industry is experiencing many similar changes and challenges. Like news organizations, the individuals and companies that adapt to the changing landscape in advertising are the ones who will survive and thrive.

Public notices make citizens watchdogs

By RJI on January 22, 2013 0 Comments

There are a number of other reasons why moving notices to government websites does not make sense.

Newspapers: Still relevant, vital and strong | Editor's Notebook

By RJI on January 22, 2013 0 Comments

“Nobody reads newspapers anymore.”

“It’s time for newspapers to go all digital.”

“Newspapers can’t remain profitable in the digital age.”

We’ve all heard those comments. Perhaps some of you reading this agree with those statements.

I’m going to step out on a limb and say of these doomsayers, “They’re wrong.”

Sure, over the last decade numerous daily newspapers have abandoned print for digital-only editions, or have closed altogether. But most of those newspapers were in cities that had more than one newspaper. Birmingham. Honolulu. Phoenix. Seattle. Los Angeles (home of the Times, the Daily News and, at one time, the Evening Express, the Herald and the Herald-Examiner).

Reynolds Journalism Institute Announces Non-Residential Fellowship

By RJI on January 22, 2013 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute has announced the addition of a non-residential component to its fellowship program for the 2013-2014 session. The non-residential fellowship was created alongside the existing residential fellowship to add flexibility for applicants.

This new component encourages professionals who want to develop an idea while continuing to work at their company/organization. Ideally this would provide a direct benefit to the fellow’s company and a clear path for implementation.

Street Fight Summit: Old-School, Investigative Journalism Leads to Hyperlocal Sales

By RJI on January 22, 2013 0 Comments

Three hyperlocal news startups on the East Coast have one thing in common: they are not yet profitable. Publishers and editors from, and said Jan. 15 at Street Fight Summit in New York City that cranking out quality investigative journalism leads to audience, which translates into sales.

Newspapers: Still relevant, vital and strong | Editor's Notebook

By RJI on January 22, 2013 0 Comments

In a 2012 Reynolds Journalism Institute survey of 1,015 adults, 62.8 percent of mobile and non-mobile media users said they prefer news stories produced by professional journalists; 73.4 percent believe professional journalists play an important role in our society. Only 35.6 percent expect to get all their news from mobile digital services within the next 10 years.

Forecaster Forum: Reports that we are dying are greatly exaggerated

By RJI on January 22, 2013 0 Comments

A 2011 survey by the National Newspaper Association and the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism found that 74 percent of people in areas served by newspapers with circulations under 15,000 read one of those papers each week. They spend nearly 40 minutes reading the paper. Then, they share their newspaper with 2.3 more people.

adFreeq tapped for investment

By RJI on January 14, 2013 0 Comments

An innovative startup that has potential to boost newspapers' classified advertising revenue has been tapped for investment from a St. Louis angel capital group.

Media startup adFreeq, incubated at the Reynolds Journalism Institute on the University of Missouri campus, was one of six companies selected to participate in a St. Louis startup accelerator program this fall.

How press association ad networks can nelp newspapers compete online

By RJI on January 11, 2013 0 Comments

The first local ad networks weren’t online, but instead were networks of local newspapers that worked together — usually through state press or newspaper associations — to allow larger advertisers to place ads on multiple publications. And to this day most such groups still offer an ad network for their member papers.

RJI announces new non-residential fellowship

By RJI on January 10, 2013 0 Comments

Each year since 2008, the Reynolds Journalism Institute has recruited between four and six fellows to spend eight months delving into a big industry challenge or opportunity. All of those fellows came to the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., to live and work full-time alongside professors, students and others. But this year, RJI is introducing something new.

As tablets change how we read, news needs a major makeover to keep up

By RJI on January 9, 2013 0 Comments

I doubt I’m breaking news to anyone when I assert that the tablet has changed how we interact with the written word. The real question is what else is it changing along the way?

Tablet ownership doubled in the U.S. in 2012, and more than half of U.S. adults own a tablet or a smartphone. Thirty-seven percent of tablet owners read news on it every day. As the numbers grow, our industry’s notions about how readers consume text, video and photos on the web will need to be re-examined with an eye toward the user experience these readers have come to expect on mobile devices. This improved user experience, more than the shiny awesome newness of a sleek ereader, is what I think is really what’s changing people’s habits.

Ten Silicon Prairie startups to watch in 2013

By RJI on January 7, 2013 0 Comments

Eyes were on the Silicon Prairie in 2012 as the startup community in and around Kansas City, Omaha and Des Moines earned attention from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and other outlets. Startups like Dwolla, MindMixer and Hudl were mentioned in many of those stories, as their milestones have earned them a place in the public eye. But who will be the Silicon Prairie startups in those same stories in 2013?