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By RJI on June 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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Welcome to RJI’s new newsletter system. We’re implementing a new management system in July that will allow you to subscribe to one or more of our newsletters and updates based on your interests.

"The Practice of Journalism: Privacy, security and the First Amendment"

By RJI on September 25, 2013 0 Comments Blogs
"The Practice of Journalism: Privacy, security and the First Amendment"

The First Amendment was created to protect the free flow of information to citizens. Journalists serve as a proxy for the public. What are the flash points and decision trees we must wrestle with regarding the essential issues of privacy, national security and the definition of a member of the press?

Five Years Past/Five Years Forward: Next Steps for Sustaining Journalism

Monday, September 9, 2013 - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Events

Join us for RJI's Next Steps for Sustaining Journalism event and participate in shaping the future of our industry. You will be among a diverse group of thought leaders, practitioners, entrepreneurs and innovators. Breakout groups among you will tackle everything from new visions of storytelling, disruptive technologies, to re-energized business models. Your goal is to uncover and share insights that will shape RJI’s scope, mission, priorities, work –and impact – for the next five years.

Free to Tweet: Celebrate First Amendment and compete for $5,000 scholarship

By RJI on November 20, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
Free to Tweet

During a 15-day online celebration of First Amendment rights, Dec. 1-15, high school and college students nationwide can win one of five $5,000 scholarships through the "Free to Tweet" competition.

RJI hosts free speech program

Source KOMU on March 20, 2012 0 Comments
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RJI will host a one-day first amendment event as part of the Liberty Tree Initiative.

First Amendment event to be held at RJI

Source Columbia Daily Tribune on March 16, 2012 0 Comments

A daylong event at the Reynolds Journalism Institute will cover legal and historical issues related to the First Amendment.

Liberty Tree Initiative

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Events
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This event will be a one-day multidisciplinary program intended to appeal to both students and professionals, with sessions addressing legal and historical issues relating to the First Amendment that are of interest to students, lawyers, and journalists. Rather than attempting to conduct a formal legal training program for journalists covering topics in media law, the focus of the sessions will be on selected cutting-edge issues involving online communication, student speech, transparency in government, and challenges for digital entrepreneurs.

DEAR READER: It's my right to tweet what I want

By RJI on December 15, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
Tom Warhover

Break out the sparklers and the cake: Happy birthday to us. We're almost 220 years old.

It's a tweet-able celebration.

On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect. On that day, many Americans (though tragically not all) were guaranteed some of the core freedoms that we enjoy today: the right to bear arms; the protection against unreasonable search and seizure; the right to a fair trial; and trial by jury.


By Brian Steffens on December 14, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

What's 220 years old yet remarkably vibrant still today?

Find. Request. Share state and local government data.

By David Herzog on October 12, 2011 0 Comments Blogs
2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellows

My RJI fellowship is officially over, but the team has been making strides since we launched the site March 17 at Open Missouri Day during Sunshine Week.

RJI produces annual IPI Report

By RJI on September 26, 2011 0 Comments News
IPI Report Media and Money

"Media and Money: Worldwide economic upheaval changes the shape of news," this year's annual IPI Report, brought together top journalists from around the world to address the international upheavals in economics and journalism. Edited, produced and published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) for the International Press Institute, several industry leaders associated with RJI contributed to the work. The annual IPI Report was released Monday during the IPI World Congress in Taipei, co-edited by Marty Steffens, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Endowed Chair in Business and Financial Journalism, and Randy Smith, Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, both at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Other contributors to the Report from the Missouri School of Journalism and RJI include the Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies Amy McCombs, the Houston Harte Chair in Innovation Mike Jenner, 2010-2011 Reynolds Fellow David Cohn, recently retired and former Lee Hills Chair Stuart Loory, and Director of Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Rick Shaw.

ONA11: 400,000 down, 600,000 to go

By Brian Steffens on September 24, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

The first, former and only Chief Information Officer of the United States talks about transparency, taxpayer savings, and the battle for the soul of journalism.

ASNE high school journalism training workshops in full swing

Source This Week @ ASNE on July 20, 2011 0 Comments
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In addition to studying core journalism issues, the educators will create an online publication and establish a social media presence specific to their institute.

Open Missouri Day

Thursday, March 17, 2011 Events
Open Missouri Day

Reynolds Fellow David Herzog hosted Open Missouri Day during Sunshine Week at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The day-long event welcomed industry professionals to discuss the importance of accessing government data for journalists, citizens and businesses. Attendees also were able to participate in hands-on training. David's project aims to increase transparency in Missouri state and local government by creating an online catalog of databases stored offline by government agencies.

2 make case for online access fees

Source Missouri Press News on April 1, 2011 0 Comments
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If you have not had the chance to tour RJI, that’s a trip you should make. The building, the classrooms and meeting facilities are incredible. Someone described our meeting room as resembling the “bridge” on the Starship Enterprise on “Star Trek.”

GEORGE KENNEDY: an important ray of sunshine for our state

Source Columbia Missourian on March 17, 2011 0 Comments
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In both meteorology and metaphor, the sun came out Thursday in Columbia.

MU professor works to make Missouri information more accessible

Source MU News Bureau on March 17, 2011 0 Comments
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In an effort to improve the transparency in state and local government and encourage the use of data by citizens, journalists and businesses, David Herzog, a 2010-11 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow, has created Open Missouri, a website that helps make Missouri government data more accessible for those who wish to access it.

Get ready for Open Missouri Day

By David Herzog on March 7, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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More than 40 journalists, librarians, information professionals, citizens, students and consultants have signed up so far for Open Missouri Day March 17 at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Open movement goes local

By David Herzog on October 5, 2010 0 Comments Blogs

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The open movement got its kick start at the federal level, when President Obama issued his Transparency and Open Government and Freedom of Information memos the day he took office in January 2009. Both offered hope to journalists, transparency groups and web developers looking for easier access to U.S. government data. The Open Government Directive, issued later in the year, provided more promise. Unfortunately, those federal efforts have run into entrenched internal roadblocks (see these assessments from The Sunlight Foundation and Citizens for Ethics in Washington).

But, get this: While the open movement stalls in Washington, it's revving up in cities and the states. Some governments, like Utah, the District of  Columbia and San Francisco are leading the way by posting data that can be used by people and in web applications. Closer to home, data has found its way on the revamped Missouri state government home page and the city of Columbia makes its police incidents available in a GeoRSS feed that you can mash up onto Google and other web mapping services. Last month, groups that are collaborating on the open front launched Civic Commons so developers can share code and best practices.

Local data powers websites like the Springfield News-Leader's Data-Leader, where you can peruse a wealth of databases from state, city and Greene County. The Columbia Daily Tribune's OpenBlock site will take data feeds of public information from the city of Columbia and other sources and overlay it on a map.

A pizza tracker for open-records requests?

By David Herzog on October 1, 2010 0 Comments Blogs

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Journalists and citizens have long complained about delays for data and documents under federal Freedom of Information Act requests. FOI administrators inside the guts of federal agencies, for their part,  feel handcuffed by budget and technology shortfalls, according to a revealing study released yesterday by Citizens for Ethics in Washington (CREW).