• Small-town print goes big-time digital

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    Small-town print goes big-time digital
    October 31, 2018

    Mark Nienhueser worked for Service Noodle, an online platform that made it easy for businesses to develop a website and a digital footprint. When he moved to the MPA, in 2013, he realized there were a lot of untapped digital opportunities for newspapers.
  • Why it works

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    Why it works
    October 31, 2018

    By 2017, it was clear to Janine York that she had to act. “Our newspaper is our core product, but we knew we needed to expand,” says York, the advertising director at the Missourian, a twice-weekly newspaper in the small town of Washington, Missouri.
  • RJI Fellowship delivers digital services to publishers for local businesses

    RJI Fellowship delivers digital services to publishers for local businesses
    January 17, 2018

    To help community newspapers compete against digital ad agencies for their clients’ advertising needs, Missouri Press Service stepped in to provide extra resources and manpower.
  • Old guard, new models

    Revenue Models That Work
    Old guard, new models
    October 25, 2017

    While traditional platforms and channels still make up the bulwark of monetization streams for the “old guard” in media, many are seeking new, alternative revenue streams, some of while fall well outside of traditional journalism.
  • An honor that ‘brings my life full circle’

    RJI in the news
    An honor that ‘brings my life full circle’
    June 30, 2016

    RJI Fellow Tad Bartimus will soon be inducted into the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame
  • The path to college starts with just one caring person

    Talk Story, Write Story
    The path to college starts with just one caring person
    June 21, 2016

    While James Sterling was busy wasting away his life, he had an English teacher who thought he had some talent and might make something of himself as a writer. She suggested that his state university had a pretty good journalism school.
  • Missouri high schoolers in Talk Story, Write Story offered more than $700,000 in scholarships

    Talk Story, Write Story
    Missouri high schoolers in Talk Story, Write Story offered more than $700,000 in scholarships
    May 1, 2016

    Talk Story, Write Story had never before used volunteer coaches to work one-on-one with students to win scholarships. The program began without name or direction 18 years ago in my 80 percent Native Hawaiian community of Hana, Hawaii.
  • Community collaboration key to successful launch of Talk Story, Write Story in Missouri

    Talk Story, Write Story
    Community collaboration key to successful launch of Talk Story, Write Story in Missouri
    November 13, 2015

    Returning to Columbia, Missouri, after half a century, what I didn’t expect was the ease of reconnecting with a community that still feels accessible to newcomers and welcoming to new ideas.
  • Six ways to use social media to engage your audience, boost revenue and discover local stories

    Six ways to use social media to engage your audience, boost revenue and discover local stories
    September 24, 2015

    Don’t think social media is worth the time in your small newsroom? For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a single day. For Jaci Smith, statistics like this reaffirm how useful social media can be in connecting with a news audience.
  • Knight grant will help RJI develop born-digital-news preservation model

    Knight grant will help RJI develop born-digital-news preservation model
    January 30, 2015

    A $35,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge on libraries will help University of Missouri Libraries and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute develop a long-term model to protect born-digital news content from being lost forever.