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RJI searches for the great ideas for tomorrow's journalism from citizens, journalists, scholars and technology innovators.

Chad Martin, VML: Effective social media strategies to build an engagement profile

By RJI on April 6, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Chad Martin

In his role at VML, Chad Martin leads the team that develops social strategy, content for platforms and community management for major brands including Sprint, Wendy’s, Gatorade, Kleenex and Major League Baseball Players Association.

Chase Davis, The New York Times: Micro, not macro: Resisting one-size-fits-all engagement metrics

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Chase Davis

Chase Davis is a deputy editor for interactive news at The New York Times, where he supervises the team's efforts around breaking news, enterprise and tentpole events such as the Olympic Games and elections.

Rami Khater, Al Jazeera English: The doctor, the engineer and the DJ

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Rami Khater

Rami Khater is the senior digital producer for The Stream and digital strategy lead for programs at Al Jazeera English.

Carla Zanoni, The Wall Street Journal: Rhythm and flow: How to bring engagement into the forefront of digital publishing

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Carla Zanoni

Carla Zanoni, audience development director, leads audience development strategy, including social media, SEO and data analytics, for The Wall Street Journal's global newsroom. She works with editors, designers, producers and reporters around the world to increase reader engagement with the publication's digital content.

S. Mitra Kalita, Quartz: How to integrate audience into every workflow

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S. Mitra Kalita

S. Mitra Kalita is the incoming managing editor at the Los Angeles Times. She was previously executive editor for Quartz and served as the site's founding ideas editor.

Seattle's Best: Kris Peterson

By Brian Steffens on April 6, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Amazon

Younger readers may not realize that Amazon lost money for more than a decade. Brian Steffens spoke with Kris Peterson, Amazon's vendor manager, about the importance of growing audience before worrying about making money.

RJI links: Saturday, April 4, 2015

By RJI on April 4, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
RJI links

RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web 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.

Jigar Mehta and Kevin Dubouis: Video as a building block for engagement, loyalty, expectation

By RJI on April 3, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Jigar Mehta

Jigar Mehta is a digital entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker and journalist. He works at the intersection of media, technology and innovation. Kevin Dubouis is an engagement producer at AJ+, a new multi-platform channel targeted at a younger generation of digital natives.

Jake Batsell: Not a buzzword, but a mindset: Five ways newsrooms are seeking to engage

By RJI on April 3, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Jake Batsell

Jake Batsell is an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University’s division of journalism in Dallas, where he teaches digital journalism and media entrepreneurship. His book, “Engaged Journalism: Connecting with Digitally Empowered News Audiences,” which was published in Feburary 2015, examines the changing relationship between journalists and the audiences they serve. Batsell, previously a staff writer for The Seattle Times and The Dallas Morning News, spent the 2013-2014 academic year at The Texas Tribune in Austin as part of a Knight Foundation fellowship to research best practices in the business of digital news.

Seattle's Best: Michelle Flandreau, Mark Ginther and Mark Briggs

By RJI on April 3, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
KING5

KING 5 has one of the largest and most productive news teams in the nation. The news operation is known for its investigative and in-depth local reporting. Brian Steffens spoke with several members of the staff during his recent visit to Seattle.

MediaShift launches DigitalEd Media Training with RJI, BigMarker as partners

By RJI on April 3, 2015 0 Comments News
Mark Glaser

PBS MediaShift has announced the launch of its new online training series, DigitalEd, in partnership with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the University of Missouri and the BigMarker browser-based online conferencing platform.

Mediatwits 154: Podcasts are hot, hot, hot, but are they sustainable?

By RJI on April 3, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 154

Audio is having a moment right now. And it’s no longer just about public radio. Media companies such as the New York Times and Buzzfeed have their own podcasts, too. While podcasting has been around for more than a decade, it’s already had a first boom, bust and now boom again.

Meghann Farnsworth: From the digital to the physical: Rethink your engagement strategy

By RJI on April 2, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Meghann Farnsworth

Meghann Farnsworth is the director of distribution and engagement at the Center for Investigative Reporting. She manages a team dedicated to distribution, communications, online and on-the-ground engagement, outreach, and marketing for CIR content.

Tim Griggs, The Texas Tribune: Research, audience and prospects

By RJI on April 2, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Tim Griggs

Tim Griggs is the publisher and chief operating officer of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that covers state politics and public policy.

Mather Economics: Building and packaging digital products

By RJI on April 2, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Matt Lindsay

Matt Lindsay is the president of Mather Economics. Lindsay founded Mather Economics in 2002 following four years at Arthur Andersen where he was in their pricing strategy practice, and five years at United Parcel Service where he was an economist in their economics analysis group. Chris Christian is a vice president for Mather Economics and joined the firm in May 2013. He is in charge of leading new business development efforts and expanding the Mather product and service portfolio. Kent Schacht, director of digital services for Mather Economics, is a digital native with more than 15 years of experience building successful digital businesses for several of the world’s biggest media companies.

Annie Fox, Chartbeat: Engaged time and the complexity of engagement measurement tools

By RJI on April 2, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Annie Fox

Annie Fox is Chartbeat's product owner of content, which really just means she dreams up tools that make sure the Internet is full of only the most quality content—a place we all want to hang out. Before joining Chartbeat, Fox worked in publishing for 12 years—first as a writer, then editor and finally as the director of programming at Hearst Digital Media.

Amy Webb, Webbmedia Group: Engagement trends, opportunities and insights

By RJI on April 2, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Amy Webb

Amy Webb is a digital media futurist and founder of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm for emerging technology advising in media, entertainment, advertising and technology companies, and for higher education, nonprofits and government. Webbmedia Group researches near-future trends in digital media and technology, and develops business strategies to help clients engage bigger audiences and capture more market share.

Seattle's Best: Sarah Rupp

By Brian Steffens on April 2, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Seattle PI

Founded in 1863 as the weekly Gazette, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer became a digital-only operation in early 2009. Brian Steffens dropped in to visit with executive producer Sarah Rupp.

Seattle's Best: David Pelter

By Brian Steffens on April 1, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Seattle Times

If someone were to ask you to name the legacy news organizations that come to mind when considering innovation you’d likely list The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News and The Guardian, among others. Yet The Seattle Times has been challenging itself about as long as anyone else. Brian Steffens dropped in for a chat with David Pelter, vice president of product development and management.

Futures Lab update #100: Telling stories with satellite imagery and using data for breaking news

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on April 1, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

What kind of stories might be told from outer space? And how could databases inform fast-moving news coverage?