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Tracy Clark’s take on 5 email news digests in the market today

By Tracy Clark on July 30, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

Recently I wrote about 15 different mobile app news aggregators in the market today. There are many that just offer an email newsletter. There are pros and cons to delivering customized news by email or app, or both.

Does your media organization use WordPress? We need your help

By Barrett Golding on July 24, 2015 2 Comments Blogs

RJI Fellow Barrett Golding is developing new plugins for journalists. He'll be surveying the industry in August to document the digital workflow of journalists who use WordPress.

BLOG: Avoid or endorse? — Politics can pose challenges for ethnic media

Source Northwest Asian Weekly on July 23, 2015 0 Comments

The truth is, many community publications avoid politics. In a 2014 study done by Scott Swafford for Donald Reynolds Journalism Institute, small papers with a circulation under 50,000 generally don’t cover elections.

Elements of brain-friendly design for news websites

By Alex Remington on July 20, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

In what we believe to be one of the first research studies to demonstrate the impact of online news presentation, we have concrete empirical evidence supporting a simple but important hypothesis: Better-designed stories are better for readers.

Funding gives boost to Triad 'a-la-carte' news service

Source Triad Business Journal on July 17, 2015 0 Comments

Winston-Salem-based news aggregation startup Reportory plans to use recent grant funding to expand its offerings as its pool of users grows.

Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps: Part 3

By Tracy Clark on July 16, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

In the past five years about 20 serious players have emerged filling niche areas of this market. Here is part 3 of Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps in the market today.

Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps: Part 2

By Tracy Clark on July 15, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Google Play Newstand

In the past five years about 20 serious players have emerged filling niche areas of this market. Here is part 2 of Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps in the market today.

News startup survey: Revenue growth, capacity challenges

By Michele McLellan on July 14, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

In the chaotic world of online news startups, I think it makes sense to take a long view. Whenever someone asks whether a big breakthrough is coming, I scratch my head. That's because progress at this time is so incremental, a marathon with no finish line in sight.

Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps: Is your go-to app on this chart?

By Tracy Clark on July 13, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

Agg School is in session: Tracy Clark’s take on 15 news aggregation apps chart

Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps: Is your go-to app on this list?

By Tracy Clark on July 13, 2015 1 Comment Blogs

The news customization market is still very early and fragmented yet extremely promising. In the past five years about 20 serious players have emerged filling niche areas of this market. Here is Tracy Clark's take on 15 news aggregation apps in the market today.

Local News Sites Need More Than Funding — They Need Vision

Source Street Fight on July 6, 2015 0 Comments

Steven Waldman knows digital community news inside out. In 2011, he compiled the massive (468 pages), much-quoted FCC report on “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age,” which red-flagged the not-always-apparent revenue problems of digital community news sites (that have worsened since then even as advertising and other message dollars in the total digital space continue to soar).

Structured journalism: Evaluating journalism beyond the news article

By David Caswell on July 1, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Structured journalism

Does the traditional news article still make sense as the primary unit of news in the age of the Internet and smartphone?

Local publisher makes case for editors writing native ad copy

While assigning staff editors to write native ad copy is opposed by B2B publishing industry ethics codes, at least one local publisher believes it is the most logical way to build additional revenue. And it can be done without undermining integrity if the publisher controls the content.

The Guts: Herstory showcases audio of female journalists

Source Society for News Design on June 23, 2015 0 Comments

Herstory is a multimedia project from the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. It documents the careers, experiences and personal lives of 34 women journalists who have participated in the Journalism and Women Symposium, an organization for female journalists. It features original music from Missouri students, as well. Missouri design professor Ying Wu designed the website, and she provides some background on how it came together.

At first glance: Initial thoughts after my first 96 hours with the Apple Watch

By Victor Hernandez on June 23, 2015 0 Comments Blogs

When the UPS driver dropped the package off at my home last Tuesday, I immediately became so filled with anxiety that I decided to wait a day before unboxing and configuring my new smartwatch.

Reynolds Journalism Institute, Missouri Press Services partner to provide digital content

Source Columbia Business Times on June 18, 2015 0 Comments

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute established an institutional fellowship for Missouri Press Services to support efforts in partnering with local newspapers and providing digital services to advertisers.

Embarking on third retirement, Fidler reflects on tech evolutions, the future and his 1981 prediction about tablets

By RJI on June 18, 2015 0 Comments News
Roger Fidler

Roger Fidler recently retired as program director for digital publishing at RJI. Jennifer Nelson asked him to reflect on his 1981 prediction of the tablet computer, technological evolutions over the past years, and what he foresees for the future.

Sales Champions: Exploring native advertising

Source Editor & Publisher on June 10, 2015 0 Comments

When Jaci Smith’s then-publisher came to her with the idea of bringing native advertising to the Faribault (Minn.) Daily News, the self-described hard-nosed journalist’s response was “Hell, no, I’m not writing an ad.” However, after six months of research and winning a fellowship with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute for 2014-2015, the former managing editor said she now believes native advertising is the future of newspaper advertising.

The newspaper industry and the forgotten 50 percent

By Tracy Clark on June 2, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Los Angeles Times lost 50 percent graph

Newspaper circulation and readership continue to fall: 3.3 percent for both daily and Sunday papers in 2014 according to Pew. Newspapers will continue to see their readership dwindle if they don’t do something to add new readers from what I call the forgotten 50 percent.

Service to help papers make extra revenue, boost relationships with clients through sales of digital services

By Jennifer Nelson on June 1, 2015 0 Comments News
Missouri Press Service to help newspapers make extra revenue, enhance relationsh

Selling digital services and products to advertisers is one way newspapers can strengthen their relationships with advertisers — and potential advertisers — while bringing in additional revenue, says Mark Nienhueser, advertising director at Missouri Press Service.