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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 www.poyi.org 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
KOMU U_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.

RJI hosts CLIMB Seed Idea Competition

By RJI on December 8, 2011 0 Comments Ideas

On November 30, the Reynolds Journalism Institute hosted the final presentations of the first annual Seed Idea Competition, sponsored by CLIMB, (Collaboration, Leadership and Innovation in Missouri Business).

The competition drew participants from 22 departments across the University of Missouri campus, from both graduate and undergraduate students. The preliminary round of presentations was held on October 19th in the Trulaske School of Business, where six undergraduate and two graduate teams were selected as finalists.

Newspaper Archive Summit white paper suggests next steps for stakeholders

By RJI on December 6, 2011 0 Comments Research
The Newspaper Archive Summit

A mandate to preserve – a white paper (PDF) – was produced for the Newspaper Archive Summit Network by Victoria McCargar, veteran journalist, archivist and digital curation consultant.

Reynolds fellowship startup wins pitch competition

By RJI on December 5, 2011 0 Comments Ideas

University of Missouri graduate student Chris Eckhardt and business partner Reynolds Fellow Peter Meng, won the 2011 Collaboration, Leadership and Innovation for Missouri Business (CLIMB) Pitch Competition for early stage start-ups. Pitching AdFreeq, a classified ad service integrated with social media for news organizations, the company won $4,000 in seed money.

Roger Fidler named DeTao Master for New Media Development in China

By RJI on December 1, 2011 0 Comments
Roger Fidler

Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, has been named DeTao Master for New Media Development by the Beijing DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA).

Serendipitous News Reading Online is Gaining Prominence, Study Shows

By RJI on December 1, 2011 0 Comments Experiments Research

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 Experiments
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 Experiments
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.

Roger Fidler's Tablet/E-Reader Buyer's Guide

By Roger Fidler on November 22, 2011 0 Comments Ideas

Roger Fidler’s Guide to Tablets and E-Readers

Meeting the Information Needs of Communities - Videos

By RJI on November 16, 2011 0 Comments Ideas
Meeting the Information Needs of Communities - Videos

Steven Waldman, who directed the Federal Communications Commission's study of the state of U.S. journalism, delivered the keynote address on Nov. 15 at a day-long symposium on the comprehensive and far-reaching report. Watch the sessions.

Using consumer preferences to plan cellphone news products

2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

In the US, cellphones already outnumber laptops and Americans without a cellphone have become the exception. News organizations are struggling to keep pace with the public’s changing media habits—and there is great pressure to deliver news via cellphones. But what news do people most want delivered to their cellphones? And in what format? And what cellphone-delivered products are consumers willing to pay for?

Society for News Design St. Louis Conference videos

By RJI on November 7, 2011 0 Comments Ideas

Tablet/Mobile Strategies and Visions for News Organizations

RJI will Host Symposium to Examine the Local Impact of FCC's Reforms to Public Broadcasting

By RJI on November 1, 2011 0 Comments Ideas
Information Needs event logo

As a follow-up to the June release of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) report, "Information Needs of Communities," the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) will host a day-long symposium focusing on the regulations and policy recommendations.

Community Newspapers: Tomorrow has arrived - Videos

By RJI on October 21, 2011 2 Comments Ideas
Community Newspapers: Tomorrow has arrived

These are challenging economic times for all of us. But this is also a time of opportunity for community journalism.

The Missouri School of Journalism, the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Missouri Press Association put together a conference for community newspaper publishers and editors.

American Society of News Editors partners with RJI's research affiliate for Newsroom Employment Census

By RJI on October 18, 2011 0 Comments Research

The next survey measuring diversity within U.S. newsrooms, a major initiative of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) for 33 years, will be conducted by the RJI Insight and Survey Center, an affiliate of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Jacqui Banaszynski to Lead Reporting Efforts for American Public Media's Public Insight Network

By RJI on October 12, 2011 0 Comments Ideas
2009-2010 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

American Public Media and the Missouri School of Journalism announced today that professor Jacqui Banaszynski will steer reporting efforts for APM's Public Insight Network (PIN), an initiative that connects trusted journalists with knowledgeable sources and each other. Banaszynski, a respected journalist, editor and educator, will begin immediately.

Tablet/Mobile Strategies and Visions for News Organizations - Videos

By RJI on October 11, 2011 0 Comments Ideas

Apple Computer’s release of the iPad has created an entirely new definition of electronic media. The move of other computer and device makers into the tablet marketplace underscores the reality that this market is only poised to grow. Four journalism organizations joined forces in September for a strategy session to explore how publishers are capitalizing on this trend and moving local news organizations toward a sustainable digital future.