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RJI tests great ideas in experiments in its own Futures Lab and Techology Testing Center and in real-world settings.

Part 1 - Bloggers no more

By Michele McLellan on June 1, 2010 0 Comments News

We asked online local news publishers to describe their biggest challenges. Said one: “The word BLOG!!!”

Indeed. In a world that still often pits bloggers (cast as low credibility) against journalists (cast as high credibility, public opinion notwithstanding), community news publishers occupy a new space – they’re often journalists producing local news online often in partnership with members of their communities.

Michele's list: Promising local news sites

By Michele McLellan on June 1, 2010 2 Comments News

These are exciting, chaotic times for online news. Many startup news outlets come and go, but others are moving forward, learning and growing.

Journalism accelerator

By Lisa Skube on June 1, 2010 0 Comments News

Imagine a Swiss Army tool that could slice, dice and splice the chaotic environment journalism finds itself. It’s not a Large Hadron Collider, but it is an online framework with promise to accelerate journalistic particles by several orders of magnitude.

RJI student winners visit Adobe, tour Silicon Valley

By Mike McKean on May 24, 2010 0 Comments News
RJI Hearst Innovation Student Competition

Three teams of students showcased their work to managers and software engineers at Adobe Systems in San Francisco last week as part of their reward for winning the third annual RJI Interaction Design Competition.

Teams Solve Real-World Problems for Hearst

By RJI on May 5, 2010 0 Comments News
RJI Hearst Innovation Student Competition

It wasn’t an easy choice for the innovation team from Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest diversified media companies. Pick the project that could generate significantly more advertising revenue for photo galleries, already one of the most popular features on news web sites? Or go with the entry that offers a new way for news providers to strengthen relationships with their audiences?

Hearst Corporation, Reynolds Journalism Institute and Adobe

Source Bloomberg on May 5, 2010 0 Comments News
RJI Student Competition, Mike McKean,  Hearst Corporation, Adobe,

Hearst Corporation's Innovation group, the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Adobe Systems Inc. today announced the two winning teams in a student competition to produce interactive applications that solve real-world needs in the advertising or news-gathering sides of the journalism industry. The winning designs are Ads with Photo Galleries, by Akshay Dave, Brent Davidson, Adam Falk, Daniel Maxon and Amit Vyawahare; and the Interactive Consumer Recommendation Engine, by Esten Hurtle, Ryan Martin, Justin Myers and Allan Vestal.

Comments: An opportunity for journalists?

By Michele McLellan on May 1, 2010 0 Comments News

A person in my world thought my coming back to graduate school to study journalism was a questionable career move. Especially with gasp the ‘dismal’ state of the newspaper industry.

All the world's a museum ... And the information may be as close as your cell phone

Source News Tribune on April 28, 2010 0 Comments News

The idea arrived the way many ideas do: Clyde Bentley, a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri, was taking an outdoors stroll through a Columbia park.

Local news sites: Building community through common experiences

By Michele McLellan on April 28, 2010 0 Comments News

Michele McLellan' final presentation

Panel: Law and ethics in a changing media ecosystem

By Bill Densmore on April 21, 2010 0 Comments News

This panel looks at the challenges, both legal and journalistic, facing journalism ventures that seek to build and maintain online communities, from article comments to community forums and blogs. Including the role of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, dealing with and protecting anonymous commenters, and concerns regarding defamation and privacy.

Five takeaways from “Going mobile: How newspapers can meet the cell phone challenge”

Clyde Bentley, Donald W. Reynolds fellow, mobile journalism

Monday’s conference at Reynolds Journalism Institute is an immersion course in explosion in mobile news. Here are my takeaways:

RJI Interactive Design Competition featured on Adobe TV

By RJI on April 6, 2010 0 Comments News
RJI Hearst Innovation Student Competition

A partner in the 2009-2010 RJI Student Competition, Adobe created this video for Adobe TV featuring Mizzou faculty and students.

Google Fiber

By RJI on March 25, 2010 0 Comments News
Google Fiber

Columbia, MO is competing with cities around the country to take part in Google's Fiber for Communities initiative. RJI is playing a key role in facilitating the city's application and community support. Futures Lab Director Mike McKean, with help from some University of Missouri colleagues, has drafted an action plan that highlights why Columbia is uniquely positioned to partner with Google on next-generation media.

Citizens, journalists join forces to cover the news

By Michele McLellan on March 11, 2010 0 Comments News

The Project for Excellence in Journalism asked me for my thoughts on its research assessing citizen journalism efforts in its annual State of the News Media report.

My criteria for promising online news sites

By Michele McLellan on January 26, 2010 0 Comments News

As a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute this year, I am working on a list of promising sites. The idea is to identify and work with the best – to learn from them and to figure out ways RJI might help them.

RJI Student Competition featured in Adobe newsletter

By RJI on December 14, 2009 0 Comments News
RJI Hearst Innovation Student Competition

A partner in the 2009-2010 RJI Student Competition, Adobe created this video for their newsletter featuring Mizzou faculty and students.

The 5 key questions about generating revenue from online content

Source American Press Institute on December 14, 2009 0 Comments News

In an interview with the American Press Institute, 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow Bill Densmore outlines four things digital news consumers want, what the media ecosystem will look like in five years, what news consumers will pay for and what platform they might use.

Michele McLellan: Mid-year report

By Michele McLellan on December 1, 2009 0 Comments News

I've learned a lot about online civic engagement in fields other than journalism (social causes, politics, even marketing) through conferences, interviews and looking at Web sites. I’ve also connected with numerous community news startups and learned that many of them put civic engagement and community building at the top of their agenda.

Emerging news organization:

By Michele McLellan on November 29, 2009 0 Comments News

Very little is certain about the online news experiments we’re seeing except their stunning diversity and verve.

E-readers: Will they save the publishing industry?

Source ADWEEK on October 26, 2009 0 Comments News
Adweek screenshot

E-readers will save the publishing industry. E-readers will become the mobile equivalent to the eight track tape.