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  • RJI links

    RJI links: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

    Blog | November 22, 2014

    To help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • Mediatwits 138

    Mediatwits 138: Streaming music rising: Spotify, YouTube, Beats, Pandora

    Blog | November 21, 2014

    When Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify this month many people were surprised. Swift said she wasn’t willing to contribute to streaming services like Spotify that don’t “fairly compensate the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music.” But streaming is becoming increasingly important as tech giants such as Apple/Beats and Google/YouTube roll out their own services.

  • Walter B. Potter Sr. Conferences

    $1 million gift to MU to support community journalism

    News | November 19, 2014

    Walter B. Potter Jr. has committed $1 million to the University of Missouri School of Journalism to supplement the Walter B. Potter Fund for Innovation in Local Journalism, established in 2010. The endowment supports teaching and research centered on journalism that serves small communities, such as towns in rural areas or individual neighborhoods in larger urban areas.

  • Futures Lab update #84: Engagement using text messages, and corrections via social media

    Blog | November 19, 2014

    Could text messaging be a good way to engage communities? And how do you handle mistakes sent out on Twitter?

  • Reynolds Fellow’s immersive re-creation of Ferguson shooting scene will debut at

    Reynolds Fellow’s immersive re-creation of Ferguson shooting scene will debut at Rise Up conference

    News | November 18, 2014

    A virtual, interactive re-creation of the scene where Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri, will debut November 19 at Fusion's Rise Up conference. Dan Archer, a graphics journalist and 2014-2015 Reynolds Fellow, created “Shot Down in the Show-Me State.”

  • The four main types of news startups

    The four main types of news startups

    Blog | November 17, 2014

    There are so many new startups that it becomes difficult to get a handle on the actual new companies being launched and what they hope to do. All are attracting investment — albeit for what I think are different reasons.

  • RJI links

    RJI links: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

    Blog | November 14, 2014

    To help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • Storytracker

    StoryTracker archives, analyzes ever-evolving news home pages

    News | November 14, 2014

    Unlike static print newspapers, online news pages constantly change as breaking news happens, which raises questions about how to adequately archive, preserve and capture story packages as they appear on a home page. This led Ben Welsh, database producer at the Los Angeles Times, to look for a possible solution. He created StoryTracker.

  • Mediatwits 137

    Mediatwits 137: What’s the long-term business model for long-form journalism?

    Blog | November 14, 2014

    Long-form journalism is seeing something of a resurgence on the web. While many people believe digital media has pushed people toward short, bite-sized listicles, deeper stories continue to resonate when they hit the right audience.

  • Washington Post

    Applying ‘Yes, and…’ improv rule to open data projects at Collab/Space DC

    Blog | November 12, 2014

    On Nov. 6, PBS MediaShift convened a group of media technologists and entrepreneurs to apply the “Yes, and…” rule to media innovation at Collab/Space DC at the Washington Post. This was the fifth Collab/Space event hosted by MediaShift and the second such event sponsored by RJI.

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