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

By RJI on November 14, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 137

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.

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

By RJI on November 12, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Washington Post

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.

Futures Lab update #83: Pushing forward with long-form, interactive multimedia

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on November 12, 2014 1 Comment Ideas

How are documentary video and online technology being combined to give audiences a new kind of journalistic experience?

Videos from Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content

By RJI on November 10, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
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Videos from "Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content," held at RJI on Nov. 10–11, 2014.

RJI links: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

By RJI on November 7, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
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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.

Nine innovative ways educators and students are transforming journalism education

By Jennifer Nelson on November 7, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Nine innovative ways educators and students are transforming journalism educatio

Transforming journalism education may seem like a daunting task — thanks to continual changes in the industry and dwindling college budgets — but teachers and professors are finding ways to equip the next generation of journalists with new technologies, strategies and ideas.

Ignoring investments in local news startups makes no sense

By Nikki Usher on November 7, 2014 6 Comments Ideas
Ignoring investments in local news startups makes no sense

As part of my Reynolds Fellowship, RJI has asked me to write about lessons learned in the successes and failures of news startups. If there’s one resounding failure, it’s been the inability of local news startups to attract any sufficient backing for their efforts.

Live sketches from mid-term election night 2014

By RJI on November 6, 2014 0 Comments

Live sketches from mid-term election night 2014 by Reynolds Fellow Dan Archer.

Realizing Innovation: Matchmaker to the startups

By Kim Garretson on November 5, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Realizing Innovation

Kim Garretson and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute recently launched a pilot website — RealizingInnovation.net — that will help news organizations, agencies and marketers discover and experiment with digital innovations from startups.

RJI Futures Lab update #82: Mining online data with Vocativ, Banjo and Zapaday

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on November 5, 2014 0 Comments Ideas

How are software tools helping news organizations spot stories happening in real-time, as well as in the future?

The Bright Line: Here’s what didn’t happen today

By Tom Kent on November 4, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
The Bright Line

In the folklore of journalism, there’s always an honored place for the crusty editor with the courage to publish a controversial story. But as a top Associated Press editor (crusty himself) told me years ago: “What really takes courage is not to publish a story.”

Green Shoots in Journalism Education

By RJI on October 31, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Green Shoots in Journalism Education

Videos from RJI's Green Shoots in Journalism Education, featuring highlights about Eric Newton's e-textbook "Searchlights and Sunglasses."

RJI links: Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

By RJI on October 31, 2014 0 Comments
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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 136: Friend or foe? Facebook’s growing power in online news

By RJI on October 31, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Mediatwits 136

Last year, Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted Facebook to provide the “best personalized newspaper in the world.” No one really knew what that meant, but now Facebook clearly wields enormous power over what news content is read at various publications.

Futures Lab update #81: Al Jazeera’s AJ+ app and a collaboration around engagement

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 29, 2014 0 Comments Ideas

How is AJ+ tailoring news for young mobile audiences? And how might engagement lead to more diverse news coverage?

Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

By Alex Remington on October 29, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

I'm interested in how readers process and remember news stories, and I'd like to better understand how stories can be made more comprehensible and memorable. This means I need to study the brain. I’ve spent my first few weeks of The Washington Post’s Reynolds Fellowship trying to brush up on the basics of psychophysiology.

When media companies invest in news startups: A growing trend

By Nikki Usher on October 28, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Nikki Usher

There’s a new trend in our industry: Big media and tech companies are investing in news startups, pouring tons of money into all kinds of products such as aggregators, readers, content and social.

Native advertising for APG: What it is, what it isn’t and why your clients will want it

By Jaci Smith on October 27, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Jaci Smith

In the past year, native advertising has grown from a concept to a successful way to grow revenue for some of the largest media companies in the nation. At APG Media of Southern Minnesota, we have been working on implementing a native advertising program for a few months. We've been talking to our clients about what native is and how it can help them grow revenue and their brand.

Empathetic Media debuts Ferguson VR at ONA14

By Dan Archer on October 27, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
Dan Archer

The Online News Association’s annual conference last month in Chicago was a who’s who of movers and shakers in the industry. One new addition to the reporter’s storytelling toolkit was virtual reality (VR), which can transform any home computer into a VR world that responds to the user’s head movements in real time.

News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

By Nikki Usher on October 24, 2014 0 Comments Ideas
News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

For years, the drumbeat among venture capitalists has been that content is expensive and is not worth their investment. But we’ve seen a turnaround, and the question is, why now? The answer may simply be optimism.