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TEDxMU makes inaugural appearance at RJI

By RJI on April 24, 2012 0 Comments Ideas

On April 14, 2012, RJI played host to TEDxMU, the Mizzou campus’ first independently organized version of TED, the global set of conferences formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading." Featuring a diverse lineup of speakers, the day-long event offered a spectrum of topics that were selected from more than 60 prospective presenters.

Reynolds Journalism Institute names Randy Picht, of the Associated Press, as executive director

By RJI on April 13, 2012 3 Comments Ideas
Randy Picht, RJI Executive Director

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism has named Randy Picht as its executive director. Picht will be the second executive director for the institute, which was created in 2004 with a $31 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. He succeeds Pam Johnson, who retired at the end of 2011.

Keith Politte talks TEDx

By RJI on April 12, 2012 0 Comments

RJI's Keith Politte talks with Sarah Hill on U_News about the TEDx event

Reynolds Fellow, HCD Research partner to improve how digital news and advertising engages natural brain processes for better retention and understanding

By RJI on April 10, 2012 0 Comments Experiments
Donald W. Reynolds Fellows, 2011-2012

RJI has partnered with HCD Research to conduct studies that will enable advertisers and publishers to design digital advertising campaigns and news media websites that are more effective at communicating their messages to their target audiences.

Editor & Publisher names Will Sullivan as one of the 25 Under 35

By RJI on April 10, 2012 0 Comments Ideas

Every year Editor & Publisher selects 25 rising stars in journalism under the age of 35.

The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Photography Center to host annual POYi program

By RJI on April 6, 2012 0 Comments
POYi, Pictures of the Year International, RJI

POYi, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Photography Center have partnered together to host the 2012 Pictures of the Year International awards ceremony.

Total and minority newsroom employment declines in 2011, but loss continues to stabilize

By RJI on April 4, 2012 1 Comment Research

Total newsroom employment at daily newspapers declined by 2.4 percent in 2011, while the loss in minority newsroom positions was 5.7 percent, according to a census released today by the American Society of News Editors and the RJI Insight and Survey Center at the Missouri School of Journalism.

ASNE moves to University of Missouri in new partnership

By RJI on April 3, 2012 0 Comments Ideas
ASNE, Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri School of Journalism

The nation’s premier organization for journalism leaders and one of the world’s leading institutions for journalism education and innovation are joining forces. The American Society of News Editors and the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism today announced a new partnership, including plans to move ASNE’s headquarters to the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on the university’s Columbia, Mo., campus.

Reynolds Fellow debuts social media classified ad platform at Silicon Valley Launch Festival

By RJI on March 8, 2012 2 Comments Experiments

Peter Meng, 2011-2012 fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism has developed a digital classified ad platform that incorporates social media to help newspapers win back classified advertising from other online sources. It is estimated that recent digital disruption of conventional classified advertising has cost traditional news organizations billions in lost revenues. Meng believes is platform will create a new, steady stream of revenue for news operations.

The Digital Storytelling Summit - Recorded Sessions

By RJI on March 6, 2012 0 Comments Ideas
Digital Storytelling Summit

The digital realm offers new ways for storytellers to engage audiences. Watch some of the most creative and talented players in Digital Storytelling for a look at what's possible as Mizzou prepares its own program for launch. From the worlds of digital publishing, feature film, documentary, advertising and photojournalism, we've gathered a star-studded cast of those working in transformational media forms. It's an exciting look at what's possible out there in terms of storytelling in digital formats.

The Digital Storytelling Summit was a gathering that inspired its audience with new knowledge, ideas and a better understanding of how the traditional form of storytelling is changing through the use of technology.

Fidler and Jenner to present at ASNE

By RJI on February 29, 2012 0 Comments Ideas

Roger Fidler and Mike Jenner will provide editors with insights and possible strategies derived from their recent mobile media and paid content research at the ASNE convention in Washington DC on April 2.

Weekly publishers optimistic about future

By Michael M. Jenner on February 28, 2012 0 Comments Research
Paid content comes of age

Despite an unfriendly economy and changes in reader and advertiser behavior, most weekly publishers are bullish on the future of community newspapers. In a recent survey, 72 percent expressed optimism about the future of newspapers. And while they see some promise in digital revenue, they believe print will play an enduring role: Two-thirds don’t envision a time when they’ll no longer produce a print edition.

MU Engages Students, Community with New High-Tech Interactive Game

By RJI on February 15, 2012 0 Comments Experiments

This week, the University of Missouri begins a one-of-a-kind technology-based online game that will engage students and community members in a new way. The game, called REBOOT Mizzou, will last for 10 weeks, from Feb. 12 to April 22. Like a traditional scavenger hunt, Reboot players will complete multiple missions and visit assigned locations.

Craig Walker of The Denver Post Named Photographer of the Year - Newspapers in Pictures of the Year International Competition

By Rick Shaw on February 14, 2012 1 Comment Ideas
Pictures of the Year International (POYi)

Photographer Craig Walker from The Denver Post achieved premier honors as the 2011 Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the 69th annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition.

The Reynolds Journalism Institute hosts the 69th annual POYi contest

By Rick Shaw on February 3, 2012 0 Comments Experiments
Pictures of the Year International (POYi)

Pictures of the Year International launches three consecutive weeks of judging the world’s most prestigious visual journalism, documentary photography, and journalistic multimedia. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute welcomes 17 of the most respected visual journalists in the world to serve on the 69th annual jury panel. Judging will be webcast live from the Fred W. Smith Forum through Feb. 28. The Adobe Connect dedicated site can be accessed from the POYi website at

RJI invites applications for the 2012-2013 class of Donald W. Reynolds Fellows

By RJI on December 29, 2011 0 Comments Ideas Experiments
Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

RJI seeks proposals for the eight-month Fellowship that will shape the future of journalism using the latest in technology and innovation. Proposals will be judged by their quality and potential for real-world impact.

Newspaper readership remains strong in smaller cities and towns

By RJI on December 21, 2011 0 Comments Research

Readers in areas served by community newspapers continue to prefer the community newspaper as their primary source of local news and advertising, according to the 2011 National Newspaper Association research survey. The survey, conducted by the RJI Insight and Survey Center, shows that readers prefer the printed copy to the online version, with 48 percent saying the never read the local news online.

RJI to assist in research and development of online and mobile voting tools for Missouri's military and voters overseas

By RJI on December 15, 2011 0 Comments Experiments

A $740,000 grant from the Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will provide for the development of online and mobile applications for ballot delivery but will not allow for any form of electronic return of voted ballots in an election. In her application for the grant, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren proposed to collaborate with researchers from the University of Missouri's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, College of Engineering, and the Truman School of Public Administration to research and develop outreach, education and online systems.

POYi Launches
 69th Annual Photojournalism Competition

By RJI on December 12, 2011 0 Comments Experiments
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 Experiments

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.