The University of Missouri announced Thursday that it has received a $30.1 million gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to guarantee permanent funding for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, the 4-year-old center devoted to innovation, collaboration and research in media industries.
On behalf of the board of trustees of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, it is a privilege to be here with you to celebrate this gift, a gift which will support the pioneering efforts of the Reynolds Journalism Institute in perpetuity.
A transformational gift does not arrive overnight. Nor does it come as the result of the work of one or two individuals. My task this morning is to thank some of the many people who made this day possible.
Live election parties are so 2008. Putting a twist on traditional watch parties of the past, the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Reuben Stern moderated his first ‘Election Night Virtual Watch Party’ Tuesday night.
The San Francisco Giants and Chicago Bears may have scored more points than the presidential candidates last night. The Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to gain a berth in the World Series. The Bears defeated arch rivals Detroit Lions. And while flash polls after last night’s debate called Obama the winner, several media polls released Monday put the presidential race at a tie with two weeks to go until Election Day.
Dallas viewers of the final presidential debate showed the most enthusiasm for the candidates’ mix of views on domestic and foreign policies, according to an analysis of Twitter by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Jacksonville viewers did not light up Twitter, with just 244 tweets to the #JAXDebate hashtag.
To further understand how Twitter is affecting the political campaign, three different groups analyzed Twitter conversations during the first Presidential Debate. They each came to different conclusions.
A team of researchers with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri examines how viewers throughout the nation respond in real time via Twitter to the presidential candidates and their performances during the first presidential debate. Social media such as Twitter now allow citizens to more fully engage with televised political events, such as the presidential debates, and be active participants in the political dialogue by responding to the candidates’ messages and also interacting with other citizens.