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POYi Launches
 69th Annual Photojournalism Competition

By RJI on December 12, 2011 0 Comments News
Pictures of the Year International

Pictures of the Year International launches its 69th annual competition, setting the gold standard for documentary photography, photojournalism, visual editing, and journalistic multimedia. POYi provides an online registration and entry process for efficient preparations and uploading. The “Call for Entries” is now posted at and provides complete details on all the categories and guidelines. Online registration and entry will be open through Thursday, January 12, 2012.

U_News @4 and RJI explore alternative interactive news model

By RJI on December 9, 2011 0 Comments News

In an effort to break the traditional mold, as most other media platforms have, KOMU-TV 8 has created a unqiue space for journalists that no other broadcast has. When Oprah announced her show was coming to an end, Marty Siddall, KOMU general manager, Stacey Woelfel, KOMU news director, and Sarah Hill, Emmy award winning reporter and interactive anchor at KOMU, decided to take their churning idea and run with it: U_News @ 4.

Building U_News

By RJI on December 8, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

It's true anything can happen on live television. Of course sometimes anything can refer to an unwanted expletive from a college sports announcer, a streaker running across the tennis match, or maybe even something more profound like watching a revolution live in Egypt or mass amounts of Americans celebrating the death of a hated enemy. This all can happen and has happened on TV in the past year. But something that hasn't happened is molding all four of these random events into one conversation, and I'm not talking about one random conversation with a close friend.

Social media use to promote U_News at 4

By RJI on December 7, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Social media has become an important part of the news. Journalists are tweeting links to their work and posting videos and pictures to Facebook to reach a broader audience.

It goes even further at KOMU’s U_News @ 4. The show is a compilation of views and opinions based on trending topics at the local, national and international level to provide a fresh perspective to the daily news.

Measuring Community Engagement: A Case Study from Chicago Public Media

By RJI on December 1, 2011 1 Comment Blogs
Breeze Richardson

Breeze Richardson, director of strategic partnerships at Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago), provides a detailed explanation of how her organization is developing specific metrics to measure a full range of engagement with the community it serves.

Serendipitous News Reading Online is Gaining Prominence, Study Shows

By RJI on December 1, 2011 0 Comments News

Traditional media, such as newspapers and television news, require readers and viewers to intentionally seek out news by picking up a newspaper or turning on the television. The Internet and new technologies now are changing the way readers consume online news. New research shows that Internet users often do not make the conscious decision to read news online, but they come across news when they are searching for other information or doing non-news related activities online, such as shopping or visiting social networking sites.

Reynolds Fellow David Cohn joins forces with crowd-sourcing platform

By RJI on November 30, 2011 0 Comments News
David Cohn

American Public Media announced today that it has acquired pioneering community funding website Spot.Us, and will incorporate it into the Public Insight Network (PIN) crowd-sourcing platform. The combination lays the foundation for a networked approach to sourcing and funding high-quality journalism that will help newsrooms and journalists gather the resources and insights they need to do great reporting.

National study will determine motives that drive consumers' media preferences and behaviors

By RJI on November 29, 2011 0 Comments News
Paul Bolls, 2011-2012 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the Missouri School of Journalism will partner with HCD Research to conduct a national study among 18-70 year-olds to determine their media use and reactions to how news sites are structured and navigated.

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 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

Watch the Block by Block 2011 Videos

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.