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MobileVideoDIY is giving away 10 free mobile gear bags to student journalism programs

There is a great new resource for those interested in mobile video (and that should be every scholastic journalism staff) and they’re giving away some great gear.

Ten student journalism programs win mobile gear in MobileVideoDIY contest

By Jennifer Nelson on January 15, 2015 0 Comments News

The high schools won gear bags for their classrooms from MobileVideoDIY, a newly launched mobile-video resource of RJI. The bags include a microphone, pre-amplifier, microphone cord, tripod and smartphone mount. These accessories can help improve picture and sound quality of mobile video and photos.

Apple's new iPhone 6: What it means for your newsroom

Source World News Publishing Focus on January 14, 2015 0 Comments

Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) blogged on their website that Apple’s convergence of the smart-phone and mini-tablet will mean a better user experience.

Futures Lab update #89: Video apps from Fly Labs and micropayments via Blendle

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on January 14, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

Could there now be a viable way to collect payments for reading individual stories? And what if mobile video tools worked more like other smartphone apps?

My year in apps

By Judd Slivka on January 9, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
My year in apps

Getting towards the end of the year, so it feels like a good time to review the things on the phone. A lot of old standbys here, a few new things. I have what the wife calls “an app problem,” so I’ve limited it here to one screen on my phone — the one with the apps I’m using regularly.

Mobile media users are more likely than non-users to find mainstream media outlets credible

Source Marketing Charts on January 2, 2015 0 Comments

Mobile media users are more likely than non-users to find mainstream media outlets credible, notes the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) in a recent survey. A recent Harris survey has more on consumers’ trust in news media.

Futures Lab update #87: Automated production, live-streamed UGC, and quality video storytelling

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on December 17, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Could software replace video producers? And are citizens the future of on-the-scene videographers?

MobileVideoDIY giving away 10 free mobile gear bags to student journalism programs

By RJI on November 6, 2014 0 Comments News
Video gear

To celebrate the launch of its website and help teachers and student journalists get started, MobileVideoDIY is giving away 10 mobile gear bags to secondary-school classrooms. Each bag contains a microphone, pre-amp, cord, tripod and mount. Any secondary school can enter for a chance to win at MobileVideoDIY.com.

Plus-size iPhone 6 makes reading long stories and watching videos on a smartphone more pleasurable

By Roger Fidler on October 31, 2014 0 Comments News
iPhone 6

After using an iPhone 6 Plus exclusively for a month, I’ve concluded that I can get along just fine without my Wi-Fi-only iPad mini in my daily routines. It won’t replace my iPad entirely, but I’ll be using it much less for news and timely information, such as weather updates, television listings and market data.

Futures Lab update #81: Al Jazeera’s AJ+ app and a collaboration around engagement

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 29, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How is AJ+ tailoring news for young mobile audiences? And how might engagement lead to more diverse news coverage?

Credibility of mainstream news media fares better among mobile media users

By Roger Fidler on October 21, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

Mobile media users are more likely than nonusers to give higher credibility rankings to national newspapers and most other mainstream news media. They also tend to place greater importance on getting news every day and on the source of news.

Futures Lab update #79: Ideas for using Vine and Snapchat

By Rachel Wise, Reuben Stern on October 15, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How is Mashable generating revenue with 6-second videos? And how is The Washington Post using disappearing images to make people sound smarter?

Q&A with Jim Bankoff: Building collaboration, technology and products at Vox Media

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 8, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

"In our company we try to have three seats at the table that incorporates the people who are the storytellers, the people who have to make money to support the organization and then the people who are technologists and product innovators. It's really the synthesis and the harmony that defines our culture."

Futures Lab update #77: Digital insights from the ONA14 conference in Chicago

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on October 1, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

What tech trends are likely to affect journalism in the coming years? And are you focusing enough on audience behaviors?

Futures Lab update #75: Social platforms Yo and GoPop

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on September 17, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Could a single two-letter word be used to convey news? And what if a platform combined features of Snapchat, Vine and Instagram?

Larger screens on new iPhones should make reading news content more appealing

By Roger Fidler on September 9, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
iPhone 6

I’m willing to wager that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduced today will give a boost to news organizations as well as Apple. Samsung has already demonstrated that there’s a market for so-called “phablets.” The addition of Apple’s strong brand is certain to validate this marriage of smartphones and mini tablets.

Futures Lab update #73: Text to audio; and WNYC's personalized playlists

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on September 2, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Are audio versions of text stories another potential revenue stream? And how did WNYC's mobile app incorporate personalized playlists?

Futures Lab update #72: Making sharable content at BuzzFeed

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on August 26, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Why are social shares more important than page views? And how did online quizzes take off?

Futures Lab update #71: Digital strategy at New York Public Radio

By Reuben Stern, Rachel Wise on August 19, 2014 1 Comment Blogs

What drives a successful digital strategy? Some ideas from New York Public Radio.

Tablets tend to boost news consumption on smartphones and likelihood of paying for mobile news content

By Roger Fidler on August 19, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

Smartphone owners who also have tablets are much more likely to use their smartphones for consuming news organization content than those who do not have tablets, according to the latest mobile media survey from RJI.