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Anatomy of a science experiment

By Alex Remington on February 26, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Anatomy of a science experiment

As Paul Bolls and I finished our breakfast last week at the Broadway Diner, he said, “Let’s go set up a science experiment!” Thirteen hours later, we were just about ready.

Jaci Smith: Evangelizing our native advertising program

By Jaci Smith on February 24, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Jaci Smith

My new native advertising program is fully implemented. Late January marked the first time I presented it to an audience of my peers. Word is spreading. I have three upcoming engagements to speak about native in the next two months, and I am very much enjoying sharing our program and responding to the feedback, pushback and questions.

The wonderful world of native advertising according to Jaci Smith

By RJI on February 24, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Jaci Smith

This resource page (an ongoing work in progress) is a compilation of blog posts and samples, plus templates and guidelines so you can launch a native advertising program now.

Exploring the norms: A 3-D project for journalists

By Clyde Bentley on February 23, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Kodak 3D Stereo Camera

I’ve been through twin-lens reflex cameras, meterless Nikons, underwater rigs, digital wonders and mobile phone cameras. But I’ve never been so frustrated as my first experience with 3-D. That shouldn’t be — and we are working to make sure it never is for other journalists.

Journalism education should go ‘Above and Beyond’

Source Knight Foundation on February 20, 2015 0 Comments

The digital transformation of media has upended both journalism and journalism education. While traditional news media were slow to “get” the interactivity of the Internet, educators have as a rule been even slower. In my digital book, “Searchlights and Sunglasses,” and talks at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri and elsewhere, I’ve called for the teaching hospital model of journalism education and better ways of tracking change.

The opportunity for networks: Trust, antitrust and sharing users

By Bill Densmore on February 19, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
The opportunity for networks: Trust, antitrust and sharing users

Banks do it. Airlines do it. Phone companies do it. Why shouldn’t news organizations do it, too? What they do is share users. And they do so because it’s convenient for their customers. The 21st-century world of public, interconnected networks — the Internet — makes sharing possible.

Going native in a small newsroom

Source Local Media Today on February 18, 2015 0 Comments

Q&A with Jaci Smith, project leader for an institutional fellowship through the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

New book on data literacy geared toward journalists, students

By Jennifer Nelson on February 13, 2015 0 Comments News
Data Literacy by David Herzog

A new book on data analysis by 2010-2011 Reynolds Fellow David Herzog is designed to help journalists and students “navigate the world of publicly available data,” says the author.

Telling stories in 3-D in an immersive, interactive and integrative way

By Bimal Balakrishnan on February 12, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Telling stories in 3-D in an immersive, interactive and integrative way

The past few months of my Reynolds Fellowship have been exciting. I’ve been busy working with students from my Immersive Visualization Lab, and with a Missouri School of Journalism capstone class on two fronts.

Knight Prototype Fund supports 10 new projects focused on data-driven storytelling and better information access

By RJI on February 10, 2015 0 Comments News
Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced funding for 10 new projects through the Knight Prototype Fund, including a new project from 2014–2015 Reynolds Fellow Dan Archer.

Exploring the future in three dimensions

By Clyde Bentley on February 6, 2015 1 Comment Blogs
Oculus VR

Why 3-D? Why now? And for heaven’s sake, why for journalism? The University of Missouri 3-D journalism project — MU3D — developed from a fortuitous meeting of professors from two very different professional schools.

‘When we come back’: TV moments that don’t translate to the Web

By David Cohn on February 5, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Captain's log

I’m not the first to point out that TV news sucks. Like Jeff Jarvis, I don’t want to dwell on it. Instead, I want to write a series of posts to explore what can change — and how — about our understanding of TV news. But to figure out how we move forward, I will need to analyze (but hopefully not dwell on) what elements of TV news don’t translate to the Web.

Dan Archer Q&A with Evelyn Hsu

I'm currently a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, where I'm experimenting with producing immersive transmedia pieces for newsrooms who can't afford to do so themselves. My latest project involves creating a virtual reality reconstruction of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, allowing users to experience each of the eyewitness perspectives from where those people were standing via comics panels that load when the user reaches a specific beacon in the 3D environment.

Imagining the 21st-century personal news experience — and how publishers need to collaborate to create it

By Bill Densmore on February 3, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Imagining the 21st-century personal news experience — and how publishers need to

Throughout several months of interviewing more than 85 journalists, educators, technologists, researchers, activists and citizens, it was easy to fall back on what journalists want or what the news media needs — or our ideas of what democracy needs. But some of the smartest people we talked to asked the question, “What will this look like for consumers, and how do you know they’ll use it?”

Marlene Bird story published as graphic novel

Source Leader-Post on February 2, 2015 0 Comments

Archer, a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, illustrated a 36-panel comic, including animations set over audio recordings of Bird’s voice.

Future of News

Source Future of News on January 30, 2015 0 Comments

Jerry Seinfeld, the comedian, once said: “It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world everyday always just exactly fits the newspaper.”

Marlene Bird story published as graphic novel

Source The StarPhoenix on January 30, 2015 0 Comments

These scenes are from a new interactive graphic novel by U.S.-based journalism fellow Dan Archer that tells Bird’s story — of her upbringing, her pain, and a horrific attack last year that robbed her of independence.

Can an ‘Exchange’ Help Solve the Problem of Monetizing Digital News?

Source Street Fight on January 29, 2015 0 Comments

News, especially at the local and hyperlocal levels, is in deep crisis. The public consumes news more voraciously than ever in the vibrant digital space. But, in general, the public doesn’t want to pay for it. Most newspapers’ digital subscriptions capture only 1% to 3% of their base of unique visitors. Meanwhile, most digital advertising revenue at the local/hyperlocal level – as a new report from Borrell Associates shows – is flowing to commercial platforms like Autotrader and Yelp. It’s these platforms that get most of fast-growing targeted advertising aimed at specific categories of consumers.

The future begins with P: privacy, personalization and payment

By Bill Densmore on January 28, 2015 1 Comment Blogs
The future begins with P: privacy, personalization and payment

What will sustain journalism in service of democracy? Because of the rise of the Internet and the financial challenges faced by legacy media organizations, that question tugs at those who write and produce the news.

Understanding the patterns of media use among young adults

By RJI on January 28, 2015 1 Comment Blogs
Mary Grigsby

During her 2014-2015 Reynolds Fellowship, Mary Grigsby, a professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri, is qualitatively examining young careerists’ changing media behaviors and how their motivations and preferences will influence current and future news products and services.