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Survey shows preference for community news

Source The Recorder on December 16, 2011 0 Comments
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The 2011 results of an annual survey conducted by the National Newspaper Association and the research arm of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism show that 74 percent of people in communities served by a newspaper with circulations under 15,000 read a local newspaper each week.

Journalism Accelerator builds momentum for collaboration

By Janet Coats on December 15, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Part of what makes working in news so seductive is the instant gratification factor.

There aren’t many jobs where you see the impact of your work so quickly. Every day, sometimes several times a day, you publish your work and the community responds to it.

That has been one of the biggest adjustments for me in the work I’ve been doing as part of the New Media Journalism Initiative. For the last two years, we’ve been building our work incrementally, learning as we go. Sometimes, when you are working to build something new, from scratch, it is hard to tell whether you are making any progress at all.

WellCommons: Revolution under the radar

By Jane Stevens on December 12, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

When Jane Stevens was a Reynolds Fellow in 2008-2009, she and a team of students and professors developed a prototype social journalism health news site called HealthCommons. After the fellowship, the Lawrence Journal-World asked her to join the organization as director of media strategies to oversee the company's 15 web sites and to develop a health news site based on HealthCommons. The result was WellCommons, which just won an EPpy. Here's why she thinks -- or hopes -- it won.

Survey quantifies longstanding bond between newspapers and communities

Source Kearney Hub on December 11, 2011 0 Comments
RJI Insight and Survey Center, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

A study performed by the RJI Insight and Survey Center found strong ties between newspapers and their communities.

Survey: Readers prefer community newspapers for local news and information

Source SCPA eBulletin on December 1, 2011 0 Comments
RJI Insight and Survey Center, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

The survey, in its sixth year, shows consistent trends. Readers prefer the printed copy to the online version, with 48 percent saying they never read the local news online.

Measuring Community Engagement: A Case Study from Chicago Public Media

By RJI on December 1, 2011 1 Comment Blogs
Breeze Richardson

Breeze Richardson, director of strategic partnerships at Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago), provides a detailed explanation of how her organization is developing specific metrics to measure a full range of engagement with the community it serves.

Survey results show customers prefer getting news and advertising from community newspapers

Source News & Tech on December 1, 2011 0 Comments
RJI Insight and Survey Center, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

The NNA survey said 48 percent of those surveyed never read local news online, and 51 percent preferred getting advertising in the printed newspaper while only 11 percent preferred to see ads on the Internet.

Using collaboration to accelerate change

By Janet Coats on November 29, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

During the last couple of months, most of my posts here have focused on the New Media Journalism Initiative’s work with the Block by Block community of independent news publishers.

That’s understandable, given how much activity there’s been in this aspect of our work. The Block by Block Community News Summit in September was a productive gathering of entrepreneurial publishers, sharing both common problems and potential solutions. Since the news summit, we’ve been doing some exciting work around financial sustainability. I’m hoping to start sharing details of what we’re learning from that effort after the first of the year.

Meeting the Information Needs of Communities - Videos

By RJI on November 16, 2011 0 Comments News
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.

Seattle in 36 hours

By Brian Steffens on November 7, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Notes and observations from whirlwind visits to MSN Money; a GeekWire meet-up with Zillow founder Rich Barton; Capitol Hill Seattle blog founder Justin Carder; MSNBC; Seattle Times' managers of their local blog network; and editors of the print and digital Puget Sound Business Journal.

Hyperlocal news sites to launch trade association for publishers

Source American Journalism Review on November 3, 2011 0 Comments
Michele McLellan, hyperlocal, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Block by Block

Publishers hope their new trade association can help them solve common problems.

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

By RJI on November 1, 2011 0 Comments News
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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.

Seeing value in very local news

Source The Patterson Foundation on October 31, 2011 0 Comments

These entrepreneurial publishers are on the front lines of community journalism, and their perspective on corporate efforts such as Patch are valuable ones. That’s why Tram Whitehurst, a master’s graduate at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, has been collecting their views about the importance of very local news efforts and about how Patch fits into that ecosystem.

Community Newspapers: Tomorrow has arrived - Videos

By RJI on October 21, 2011 2 Comments News
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.

Why non-profit news sites need to act more like digital businesses

Source MediaShift Idea Lab on October 20, 2011 0 Comments
Michele McLellan, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute, hyperlocal

In the emerging landscape of non-profit news, good journalism is not enough. Even with generous foundation support, high-quality reporting alone will not create an organization that can sustain its ability to produce news in the public interest.

Michele McLellan weighs in on getting local

Source Knight Digital Media Center on October 18, 2011 0 Comments
Michele McLellan, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute, hyperlocal

The report contains details of the revenue and expenses of the sites as well as their engagement practices. This post focuses on a few highlights of the revenue/expense report.

Headlines and indie local news tips from Block By Block

By RJI on October 10, 2011 0 Comments News

Over three days last weekend -- Sept. 29-Oct 1 -- more than 100 people gathered for the second Block By Block: Community News Summit. Here is roundup of summit coverage, advice and observations collected from the event.

How did we do? Post-summit survey results

By Michele McLellan on October 10, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

Survey results from Block By Block: Community News Summit 2011.

Indie online news trade association forms at RJI's Block By Block Summit

By RJI on October 10, 2011 0 Comments News

Mike Fourcher, publisher of Center Square Journal in Chicago, announced today he and 20 other publishers have formed the Independent Local Online News Publishers Trade Group (unofficial, working title) during talks at this year’s Block by Block Community News Summit.

Block By Block: Community News Summit 2011 - Video

By RJI on October 7, 2011 2 Comments News
Block by Block 2011

Watch the Block by Block 2011 Videos