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

Handbook for community-funded reporting

By David Cohn on November 29, 2011 0 Comments Research Summaries
2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellows

Download David Cohn's latest research about community-funded reporting.

We practice journalism in changing times. In 2008, David Cohn received a grant from the Knight News Challenge to build Spot.Us, a site to pioneer “communityfunded reporting,” or the crowdfunding of journalism. We define crowdfunding as “the collective cooperation, attention and trust of people who network and pool their money and resources, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.” Then we define crowdsourcing as “the act of delegating tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to an undefined, large group of people (the crowd), through an open call.” Basically, crowdfunding is a type of crowdsourcing.

Using collaboration to accelerate change

By Janet Coats on November 29, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

During the last couple of months, most of my posts here have focused on the New Media Journalism Initiative’s work with the Block by Block community of independent news publishers.

That’s understandable, given how much activity there’s been in this aspect of our work. The Block by Block Community News Summit in September was a productive gathering of entrepreneurial publishers, sharing both common problems and potential solutions. Since the news summit, we’ve been doing some exciting work around financial sustainability. I’m hoping to start sharing details of what we’re learning from that effort after the first of the year.

Seattle in 36 hours

By Brian Steffens on November 7, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Notes and observations from whirlwind visits to MSN Money; a GeekWire meet-up with Zillow founder Rich Barton; Capitol Hill Seattle blog founder Justin Carder; MSNBC; Seattle Times' managers of their local blog network; and editors of the print and digital Puget Sound Business Journal.

Making our software available

By David Herzog on October 19, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellows

One of of the goals I had for OpenMissouri, when I started the project as a 2010-2011 fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, was to provide inspiration and tools to journalism and open-government groups in other locales that want to deploy data catalogs of their own.

Find. Request. Share state and local government data.

By David Herzog on October 12, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellows

My RJI fellowship is officially over, but the OpenMissouri.org team has been making strides since we launched the site March 17 at Open Missouri Day during Sunshine Week.

Block By Block: Community News Summit 2011 - Video

By RJI on October 7, 2011 2 Comments News
Block by Block 2011

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RJI hosts Entrepreneurial Inventorying Event

By RJI on October 6, 2011 0 Comments News
Economic Gardening: Gathering Our Entrepreneurial Resource

With an objective to inventory local business assets for startup ventures, local entrepreneurs, as well as several community organizations assembled on September 13th, 2011 in RJI’s Palmer Room to hear from local leaders as well as to participate in hands-on information gathering exercise. The event entitled “Economic Gardening: Gathering Our Entrepreneurial Resource - Putting the Pieces Together” was the second such event produced in collaboration with Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI).

ONA11: More science for audience engagement

By Brian Steffens on September 25, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

How do you know if something you wrote is engaging? MIT's Rosalind Picard believes that arousal predicts memory of and attention to detail.

ONA11: Analytics vs. brain research: the battle for your attention

By Brian Steffens on September 24, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

New firm measures reader actions in predictive analytics endeavor. Some 40 websites are giving it a try

New Book about Studying the Brain “on” Media!

By Paul Bolls on September 14, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
Psychophysiological Measurement and Meaning

Hot off the press this week is a new book on using psychophysiological measures to study how the brain processes media content.

Brady Bunch boxes and U_News @ 4: Co-anchoring with Google Plus Hangouts

By Sarah Hill on September 11, 2011 2 Comments Blogs

Inside Google Plus, a new beta social networking site, is a news gathering goldmine that holds huge potential for us news miners. “Hangout” is a 10 person video chat room that is already transforming viewer interaction in mid-Missouri. I describe a Hangout as a free satellite truck attached to a built in crowd sourcing tool.

Project on Mexico's drug violence selected for POYi Emerging Vision funding

By RJI on July 28, 2011 0 Comments News
Pictures of the Year International

Katie Orlinsky is the $10,000 recipient of the 2011 POYi Emerging Vision Incentive for her project proposal on the violent impact of Mexico's war against drug trafficking on women and families.

Orlinsky is a freelance photojournalist based in New York and is currently a fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. Her project proposal included 20 "first take" photographs that look at the violence to families living in the border cities of Mexico, such as Ciudad Juarez.

Meet Paul Bolls

By RJI on July 28, 2011 0 Comments News
2011-2012 Reynolds Fellow

By understanding how news readers unconsciously process news, Paul Bolls expects to come up with smarter ways to deliver both news and advertising. Bolls, co-director of the Psychological Research on Information and Media Effects, or PRIME, lab at the Missouri School of Journalism, has spent more than a decade making the connections between the human brain and how we're programmed to process media.

Meet Peter Meng

By RJI on July 21, 2011 1 Comment News
Reynolds Fellows 2011-2012

Peter Meng has a history of tackling the impossible. He helped federal employees at 18,000 offices learn an arcane computer loan program. His secret? He used CD-ROMs featuring Elvis impersonators to teach the classes. His efforts won kudos for $25 million in "cost avoidance," the government jargon for saving taxpayer dollars.

Now Meng is tackling another seemingly impossible task: Helping newspapers win back classified advertising from online, which has cost traditional news organizations billions in lost revenues.

Where do tablets fit in your news organization’s future?

iPad, tablets to migrate quickly from early adopters to mainstream

Integrating tablets into your news organization

By RJI on June 30, 2011 0 Comments News

Predictions, recommendations and research results

2011-2012 Donald W. Reynolds Fellows announced

By RJI on June 23, 2011 0 Comments News

The fourth class of Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Fellows will pursue innovation and entrepreneurship in start-up journalism, new online revenue opportunities, research to improve the design and delivery of news, and networking to more quickly and efficiently share innovation in journalism.

RJI links

By Brian Steffens on June 17, 2011 1 Comment Blogs

"While our colleagues on the business side deserve credit for pushing newsrooms to become more nimble in recent years, they have also consistently failed to imagine and then incubate a Craigslist, a Groupon, a Monster. com, let alone a Google or a Facebook. Nor are they any closer today than they were last year in fixing the broken business model of quality journalism. ... Free is indeed very expensive. But, what the prolonged and knee-jerk debate about free vs. paid inside our news organizations shows is that we still have what led us here in the first place: An imagination deficit. ... It is time we figured out how to make it [journalism] easier, more engaging and useful. -- Raju Narisetti, Managing Editor, read more in The Washington Post

Team Media Moguls share their observations regarding this year's RJI Student Competition

By RJI on June 14, 2011 0 Comments News

Media Moguls, the winning team in this year's RJI Student Competiton capped off their experiece with a trip to Hearst Corporation's New York City headquarters on May 17th.