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Reynolds Fellow hopes to build the “trade journal of the future” for local news media

By Jennifer Nelson on November 19, 2012 0 Comments Ideas
RJI fellow hopes to build the “trade journal of the future” for local news media

Publisher and editor Alisa Cromer of San Jose, Calif., wants to build a new kind of trade journal that uses emerging peer-sharing concepts to give business executives at news organizations the actionable ideas, tools and partners they need to survive and flourish.

Reynolds Fellow explores local ad solution for hyperlocal sites

By Jennifer Nelson on November 15, 2012 4 Comments Ideas
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As newspapers struggle to figure out how to make online news coverage profitable, there have been many independent journalists and bloggers stepping up to fill in the gaps left by newspaper cutbacks. It’s important to help these independent content creators gain new revenue streams, said Missouri School of Journalism Alumnus Matt Sokoloff, of Orlando.

Research team to look at “bigger picture” analysis of Twitter’s impact on presidential debate viewer’s engagement

By Jennifer Nelson on November 15, 2012 0 Comments Research

With the presidential debates and election over, a University of Missouri-based Twitter analysis research team is beginning to really process and analyze “the bigger picture” of Twitter’s impact on debate viewer’ political engagement.

Watch the announcement of the Reynolds Foundation endowment for RJI

By Travis McMillen on November 9, 2012 0 Comments Ideas Experiments
Reynolds Journalism Institute

Watch the announcement of the Reynolds Foundation's $30.1 million endowment on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

RJI receives $30.1 million endowment gift from Reynolds Foundation

By RJI on November 8, 2012 0 Comments Ideas Experiments
RJI receives $30.1 million endowment gift from Reynolds Foundation

The University of Missouri announced Thursday that it has received a $30.1 million gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to guarantee permanent funding for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, the 4-year-old center devoted to innovation, collaboration and research in media industries.

‘Election Night Virtual Watch Party’ turns election into social experience

By RJI on November 8, 2012 0 Comments Experiments
Virtual Watch Party

Live election parties are so 2008. Putting a twist on traditional watch parties of the past, the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Reuben Stern moderated his first ‘Election Night Virtual Watch Party’ Tuesday night.

RJI, Nine Network partnership debuts interactive TV program Nov. 8

By RJI on November 7, 2012 0 Comments Ideas
Casey Nolen, host of Stay Tuned

An interactive, innovative television series about important community issues, created by a joint effort by the Nine Network (KETC-TV) of St. Louis and Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) Fellow Kent Collins, premieres Nov. 8.

In Twitter we trust: Can social media sway voters?

By Brian Steffens on October 26, 2012 0 Comments Experiments

Reynolds Fellow Brian Houston discusses the potential impact of social media on voters during an NPR Science Friday broadcast.

Reynolds Fellow hopes to harness valuable online newspaper content while protecting it from pirates

By Jennifer Nelson on October 25, 2012 4 Comments Ideas
Connie Farrow

After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1984 to pursue a career in newspapers, alumna Connie Farrow never imagined she’d be returning to campus in 2012 to help newspapers in a slightly different role.

Missourian experiments with membership pay model, launches new apps

By RJI on October 24, 2012 0 Comments Experiments
Screenshot of new Missourian iPhone app

With RJI support, Missourian launches multi-platform membership model to provide news and advertising wherever and however readers choose to access it.

'Stay Tuned:' TV news partnership aimed at building a public forum with social media tools

By Jennifer Nelson on October 24, 2012 0 Comments Experiments
Kent Collins

Radio-Television Journalism Faculty Chairman Kent Collins is partnering with Public Broadcasting Station KETC-TV to create a new style of public affairs television journalism.

President’s sharp comebacks dominate debate tweets

By RJI on October 23, 2012 0 Comments Experiments
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The San Francisco Giants and Chicago Bears may have scored more points than the presidential candidates last night. The Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to gain a berth in the World Series. The Bears defeated arch rivals Detroit Lions. And while flash polls after last night’s debate called Obama the winner, several media polls released Monday put the presidential race at a tie with two weeks to go until Election Day.

The final debate: The view from Dallas and Jacksonville

By RJI on October 23, 2012 1 Comment Experiments
We the Tweeters

Dallas viewers of the final presidential debate showed the most enthusiasm for the candidates’ mix of views on domestic and foreign policies, according to an analysis of Twitter by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Jacksonville viewers did not light up Twitter, with just 244 tweets to the #JAXDebate hashtag.

Gas prices hit home for Dallas Tweeters

By RJI on October 17, 2012 0 Comments
We the Tweeters

To better understand how citizens in different geographic locations respond to the two presidential candidates and the debates, the Reynolds Journalism Institute Presidential Debate Twitter Team at the University of Missouri has partnered with two leading U.S. newspapers, including the Florida Times Union (Jacksonville, FL) and the Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX). In each city, the newspapers invited their readers to “live tweet” the presidential debate, allowing researchers to capture and examine how residents of a so-called “red” or Republican state (Texas), and “tossup” state (Florida) may respond differently to the debates.

"Binder Full of Tweets"

By RJI on October 17, 2012 0 Comments

The most tweeted moment in the second Presidential Debate came in the closing moments when President Barack Obama pounced on Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s closed-door reference to 47 percent of Americans acting as victims. “Think about who he’s talking about,” Obama asked the town hall meeting in Hempstead, N.Y. “Folks on Social Security who have worked all their lives, veterans who have sacrificed for this country, students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams, but also this country’s dreams.”

RJI researchers expose young adults to news with online sports game

By RJI on October 17, 2012 0 Comments
MU Tiger Challenge

More than 65 percent of Americans younger than 30 utilize the Internet as their main source for national and international news, according to the Pew Research Center. However, most young adults do not consciously seek out news online, but rather are exposed to it incidentally while searching for other information or doing non-news-related activities, such as visiting social networking sites or checking their email. Now, interdisciplinary researchers at the University of Missouri have created an Internet game that promotes school athletic spirit while engaging young people with the news.

MU Tiger Challenge launches new weekly challenges for football fans

By Jennifer Nelson on October 11, 2012 0 Comments Experiments

As the University of Missouri Tigers prepare to battle the Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend at Faurot Field, get your cameras ready.

RJI launches showcase for visually rich digital newsbooks

By RJI on October 8, 2012 0 Comments Experiments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute has launched a showcase on its website to promote visually rich e-books created for news organizations’ investigative and explanatory journalism reports.

We the Tweeters

By RJI on October 4, 2012 0 Comments Experiments Research

A team of researchers with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri examines how viewers throughout the nation respond in real time via Twitter to the presidential candidates and their performances during the first presidential debate. Social media such as Twitter now allow citizens to more fully engage with televised political events, such as the presidential debates, and be active participants in the political dialogue by responding to the candidates’ messages and also interacting with other citizens.

MU professors to use Twitter to “let voices be heard,” analyze responses to presidential debates

University of Missouri professors Mitchell S. McKinney and J. Brian Houston want U.S. citizens’ voices to be heard in the upcoming presidential debates.