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

RJI links: Friday, March 6, 2015

By RJI on March 6, 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.

Mediatwits 150: Should news sites kill comments or cultivate them?

By RJI on March 6, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 150

Online comments sections — in their most ideal form — are supposed to be places readers could leave their thoughts after they had read an article. It was supposed to serve as a forum where civilized discussion could take place and would add value even after a piece was finished. Instead, we’ve all become more acquainted with the Internet troll and flaming.

Transmedia storytelling comes to True/False Film Fest

By Sarah Strasburg on March 5, 2015 0 Comments News
Dan Archer

Dan Archer, a graphic journalist and RJI Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, will participate in three immersive technology events this weekend as part of the True/False Film Fest, which is featuring transmedia stories, events and installations for the first time.

Futures Lab update #96: Tips for mobile news delivery, and remixing with Trio

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on March 4, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

What works when delivering news via smartphones? And could media mashups drive traffic to news sites?

Setting or chasing the agenda: Who controls the news? [UPDATED]

By RJI on March 3, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Setting or chasing the agenda: Who controls the news?

“Setting or chasing the agenda: Who controls the news?,” a Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute research brief, served as the basis of the panel discussion of the same name at Social Media Week Feb. 25 in New York City.

RJI links: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

By RJI on February 27, 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.

Privacy: The evolving meaning and broad implications of a single word for our networked news and information economy

By Bill Densmore on February 27, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Blinds

For nearly a century, most people thought of privacy in terms of blocking yourself off from unwanted scrutiny. But networked technology has introduced a new meaning — the right, or ability, to negotiate the commercial value of one’s data profiles.

Mediatwits 149: Lies and viral content: Can they be stopped?

By RJI on February 27, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 149

In journalism, it begins and ends with credibility. It’s what allows news organizations to rise above the noise of online chatter. Unfortunately, it seems that in the effort to chase traffic and capitalize on viral content, media companies are propagating misinformation far more often than they are debunking rumors.

Anatomy of a science experiment

By Alex Remington on February 26, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Anatomy of a science experiment

As Paul Bolls and I finished our breakfast last week at the Broadway Diner, he said, “Let’s go set up a science experiment!” Thirteen hours later, we were just about ready.

Futures Lab update #95: Digital profiles via 360social and behavioral analytics via Trialfire

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on February 25, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

What if you could reassemble a source’s social media footprint all in one place? Or easily track what people do on a specific Web page?

I, Writer: An ethical checklist for robot journalism

By Tom Kent on February 25, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Robot writer

News organizations are experimenting increasingly with robot journalism, using computer programs to transform data into news stories or news stories into multimedia presentations.

Jaci Smith: Evangelizing our native advertising program

By Jaci Smith on February 24, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Jaci Smith

My new native advertising program is fully implemented. Late January marked the first time I presented it to an audience of my peers. Word is spreading. I have three upcoming engagements to speak about native in the next two months, and I am very much enjoying sharing our program and responding to the feedback, pushback and questions.

Where in the world is this news coming from?

By Jennifer Nelson on February 24, 2015 0 Comments News
Gistory

Syria is frequently in the news, but could you find it on a map? Seeing people’s general lack of geographic knowledge while discussing world news motivated a University of Missouri student to create Gistory, a news startup that helps people identify where news events are happening in the world.

The wonderful world of native advertising according to Jaci Smith

By RJI on February 24, 2015 1 Comment Blogs
Jaci Smith

This resource page (an ongoing work in progress) is a compilation of blog posts and samples, plus templates and guidelines so you can launch a native advertising program now.

Exploring the norms: A 3-D project for journalists

By Clyde Bentley on February 23, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Kodak 3D Stereo Camera

I’ve been through twin-lens reflex cameras, meterless Nikons, underwater rigs, digital wonders and mobile phone cameras. But I’ve never been so frustrated as my first experience with 3-D. That shouldn’t be — and we are working to make sure it never is for other journalists.

RJI links: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

By RJI on February 20, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
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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.

Mediatwits 148: Twitter’s business rebounds, but does it drive traffic?

By RJI on February 20, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Mediatwits 148

When The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson used Twitter’s new tweet activity feature he found something surprising. It showed that, on average, only 1.7 percent of people bothered to click through to the articles he had linked. In response to Thompson’s article, Digiday’s John McDermott noted that for the top brands, overall engagement was up 85 percent from the same time last year.

How RJI, AP aim to bring academics, news industry together

By Randy Picht on February 19, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Chocolate and peanut butter

Accidental or intentional, the collision between media scholars and media executives remains an elusive event, especially now. Why? Why doesn’t the news industry join forces with academia like other industries like medicine, engineering and technology.

RJI and AP launch initiative to connect academics, media professionals for exchange of data and ideas

By RJI on February 19, 2015 0 Comments News
Associated Press

Who sets the news agenda in the social media age? How can news organizations maintain a sense of substance and gain useful insights from the community without falling victim to hype or hyperbole? These will be among the questions considered in a discussion led by The Associated Press at Social Media Week in New York on Feb. 25.

The opportunity for networks: Trust, antitrust and sharing users

By Bill Densmore on February 19, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
The opportunity for networks: Trust, antitrust and sharing users

Banks do it. Airlines do it. Phone companies do it. Why shouldn’t news organizations do it, too? What they do is share users. And they do so because it’s convenient for their customers. The 21st-century world of public, interconnected networks — the Internet — makes sharing possible.