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Prototype to revenue stream: Reynolds Fellow starts multiple social journalism sites based on fellowship project

By Jane Stevens on August 11, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
Jane Stevens

If you've ever wondered what happens to big ideas once they leave the Reynolds Journalism Institute, check out 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow Jane Stevens' update below. She has taken the knowledge gained from her fellowship project, Niche News Network, and created successful social journalism websites in Lawrence, Kansas.

Guest commentary by Mike Fancher: A tipping point for journalism

Source STL Today on July 15, 2011 0 Comments
Mike Fancher, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

American journalism is at a tipping point. The Internet has disrupted the business model that underwrote local news for more than 100 years. The Great Recession made matters worse, resulting in local newspaper and television newsrooms dramatically cutting staffs and other news resources.

2011 journalist engagement survey

Editors see engagement as part of good business. Over and over in the open-ended responses, they said connecting with and listening to their communities is vital to their newspapers’ survival. That said, they don’t know how to fit it in.

Highlights from the 2011 journalists engagement survey

By Joy Mayer on July 7, 2011 0 Comments News
Donald W. Reynolds Fellows 2010-2011

While editors at U.S. daily newspapers overwhelmingly say they think audience engagement has become an important part of practicing journalism, they're often not sure what that means or how to go about it. Many have yet to embrace tools that allow them to understand and interact with their audiences. Not even half of respondents said that they use social media to listen as well as share information, that they interact with readers in comments sections, or that they use their analytics reports to help make news decisions.

Mike Fancher identifies five strategic areas in new white paper

Source The Knight Commission on June 23, 2011 0 Comments
Mike Fancher, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

Re-Imagining Journalism: Local News for a Networked World, a new policy paper by Michael R. Fancher, identifies five strategic areas and specific ideas for promoting experimentation, collaboration and public engagement that are critical for reforming local journalism.

New policy paper urges media to adopt 'digital first' strategies

Source Sun Herald on June 23, 2011 0 Comments
Mike Fancher, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Re-Imagining Journalism: Local News for a Networked World, by Michael R. Fancher, outlines five strategic areas that are critical for reforming local journalism and calls upon for-profit media, not-for-profit and non-traditional media, higher education, community and non-profit institutions, libraries, researchers, government at all levels, and citizens to each play a role in nurturing a revitalized and re-imagined local media ecosystem.

Why the Patterson Foundation is supporting Block by Block

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Janet Coats explains the importance of community news and why The Patterson Foundation is supporting the Block by Block conference.

Michele McLellan weighs in on "The information needs of communities"

Source FCC on June 20, 2011 0 Comments
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Michele McLellan shares what she learned about community news with the FCC.

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By Brian Steffens on June 17, 2011 1 Comment Blogs

"While our colleagues on the business side deserve credit for pushing newsrooms to become more nimble in recent years, they have also consistently failed to imagine and then incubate a Craigslist, a Groupon, a Monster. com, let alone a Google or a Facebook. Nor are they any closer today than they were last year in fixing the broken business model of quality journalism. ... Free is indeed very expensive. But, what the prolonged and knee-jerk debate about free vs. paid inside our news organizations shows is that we still have what led us here in the first place: An imagination deficit. ... It is time we figured out how to make it [journalism] easier, more engaging and useful. -- Raju Narisetti, Managing Editor, read more in The Washington Post

Engaging communities: Content and conversation

Source Joy Mayer for Nieman Reports on June 14, 2011 0 Comments
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Reynolds Fellow Joy Mayer talks community engagement in the summer 2011 "Neiman Reports."

Community: A new business model for news

Michael Skoler, community engagement, business models, RJI

The new business model for news and journalism is all about building communities, not audiences.

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By Brian Steffens on June 11, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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RJI's selection of links from around the web concerning ideas, experiments, research, solutions, innovations and commentary of interest to entrepreneurs working to connect journalism, communities and businesses.

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By Brian Steffens on May 31, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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RJI's selection of links from around the web concerning ideas, experiments, research, solutions, innovations and commentary of interest to entrepreneurs working to connect journalism, communities and businesses.

Reynolds Fellow Jen Reeves helps newsroom, community use Facebook as key hub after Joplin tornado

RJI, Reynolds Fellows, Jen Reeves

After the disaster in Joplin, Mo., Jen Reeves and NBC affiliate KOMU turned to Facebook to obtain and share information with the local community. Fans are using the page now to share news, photos, videos, information on relief efforts, and in general, to connect with each other in a time of crisis.

Honoring an original citizen media watchdog with a new community-information resource for small towns

By Bill Densmore on May 21, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
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Bill DensmoreBill Densmore, 2008-2009 Fellow

Around the nation, entrepreneurs are testing methods for delivering news that matters to small communities -- without the legacy costs of newsprint, presses and delivery. In the small New England college town of Williamstown (pop. 7,500) a non-profit organization begun in the 1980s has revived and turned to testing the waters of a new approach. RJI consulting fellow Bill Densmore is among those helping.

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By Brian Steffens on May 18, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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Did your workweek get away from you? Anxious or afraid you missed something you should know? RJI shares links to hot-topic web posts of interest to those immersed in journalism innovation and transition.

Joy Mayer brings industry leaders to RJI for community engagement brainstorm

Source Chicago Tribune on May 13, 2011 0 Comments
Joy Mayer, RJI, community engagement

In key places, journalism is being reimagined and rebuilt.

One of those places is at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri and many of the other journalism schools I've visited with in the Midwest. They're digging in -- just as we're trying to do at the Chicago Tribune. And it's gratifying.

Good advice interspersed with real missteps in ASNE's social media best practices

By Joy Mayer on May 12, 2011 4 Comments Blogs

joy_0_0.jpgJoy Mayer, 2010-2011 Fellow

The American Society of News Editors has released its social media best practices for news organizations, researched and written by Politico's James Hohmann.

The pdf includes really interesting and helpful sample social media policies, and I highly recommend holding onto those as a resource. (The Guardian's policy specifically is one I really admire.)

There's a lot in this document that's good. It presents 10 key takeaways, and offers some really useful teachable moments and policy excerpts for each. I applaud ASNE for making this available, and I hope it starts some good conversations.

I also disagree with some of the findings. Here are my quick reactions to the paper's 10 key points

Block By Block 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - Saturday, October 1, 2011 Events
Block by Block 2011 Hosted by Michele McLellan and Jay Rosen

Join co-hosts Michele McLellan and Jay Rosen for a lively and informative gathering of online community news entrepreneurs. Share your best practices, progress and challenges with fellow local news pioneers and learn from their experiences as well.

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