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Apply now for 2015-2016 Reynolds Fellowships

By RJI on December 16, 2014 0 Comments News
Apply now for 2015-2016 Reynolds Fellowships

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism.

Demystifying venture capital and a guide to some of the top news companies

By Nikki Usher on December 11, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Demystifying venture capital and a guide to some top news companies

There is no cookie cutter way that a startup goes about raising money, but here is a quick guide to figuring out what all the terms from Angel to IPO actually mean.

Journalist-cartoonist Dan Archer renders possibilities for digital journalism

Source Newszou on December 10, 2014 0 Comments

Not all cartoons show smiling faces and singing birds. Digital journalist Dan Archer’s work proves just that. Archer takes a unique approach to his storytelling. He takes pen to paper and illustrates the worlds of his sources, transforming their story into something (almost) resembling something you could find on your coffee table.

2015: The Year of the Smartwatch?

Source American Journalism Review on December 10, 2014 0 Comments

Larger news organizations may initially dominate news delivery to watches because they have the resources to expand into the untested market, said Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing for Reynolds Journalism Institute, a University of Missouri-based organization that tests and studies innovation in journalism.

Swafford: Voter guides present opportunities to draw readers into election coverage

By Jennifer Nelson on December 4, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Scott Swafford

Voter guides may be a key way to attract readers and election-related advertising dollars to local election coverage, said Scott Swafford, senior city editor of the Columbia Missourian.

Matt Thompson named deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com

Source TheAtlantic.com on December 3, 2014 0 Comments

Matt Thompson (@mthomps) will join the leadership of TheAtlantic.com as the deputy editor. Thompson will work with the site’s editor J.J. Gould (@jjgould) to help oversee editorial operations and shape strategic development at a time of record audience growth. Coming from NPR—where he has most recently directed news teams covering race, ethnicity, and culture; education; and global health and development—he will start at The Atlantic in the new year.

Are community news sites and investors ready for each other?

Source Street Fight on December 3, 2014 0 Comments

“Why can’t local news attract investment?” journalism watcher Nikki Usher asks in a recent opinion piece for the Reynolds Journalism Institute, where she is a resident fellow. “If funders don’t pump money into local news, all of the innovation that’s happening in news will simply bypass the local level.”

11 ways to get your news startup funded

By Nikki Usher on December 1, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
11 ways to get your news startup funded

I’ve spent the past eight months or so talking to as many news startups as I can — 16 so far (from Buzzfeed to News Deeply to Medium). From all of this, it seems there are a variety of strategies a news startup might take to getting funded, getting “runway,” and having a successful future.

Reynolds Fellow’s immersive re-creation of Ferguson shooting scene will debut at Rise Up conference

By Jennifer Nelson on November 18, 2014 0 Comments News
Reynolds Fellow’s immersive re-creation of Ferguson shooting scene will debut at

A virtual, interactive re-creation of the scene where Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri, will debut November 19 at Fusion's Rise Up conference. Dan Archer, a graphics journalist and 2014-2015 Reynolds Fellow, created “Shot Down in the Show-Me State.”

Ignoring investments in local news startups makes no sense

By Nikki Usher on November 7, 2014 6 Comments Blogs
Ignoring investments in local news startups makes no sense

As part of my Reynolds Fellowship, RJI has asked me to write about lessons learned in the successes and failures of news startups. If there’s one resounding failure, it’s been the inability of local news startups to attract any sufficient backing for their efforts.

Realizing Innovation: Matchmaker to the startups

By Kim Garretson on November 5, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Realizing Innovation

Kim Garretson and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute recently launched a pilot website — RealizingInnovation.net — that will help news organizations, agencies and marketers discover and experiment with digital innovations from startups.

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.

Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

By Alex Remington on October 29, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

I'm interested in how readers process and remember news stories, and I'd like to better understand how stories can be made more comprehensible and memorable. This means I need to study the brain. I’ve spent my first few weeks of The Washington Post’s Reynolds Fellowship trying to brush up on the basics of psychophysiology.

When media companies invest in news startups: A growing trend

By Nikki Usher on October 28, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Nikki Usher

There’s a new trend in our industry: Big media and tech companies are investing in news startups, pouring tons of money into all kinds of products such as aggregators, readers, content and social.

Native advertising for APG: What it is, what it isn’t and why your clients will want it

By Jaci Smith on October 27, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Jaci Smith

In the past year, native advertising has grown from a concept to a successful way to grow revenue for some of the largest media companies in the nation. At APG Media of Southern Minnesota, we have been working on implementing a native advertising program for a few months. We've been talking to our clients about what native is and how it can help them grow revenue and their brand.

Empathetic Media debuts Ferguson VR at ONA14

By Dan Archer on October 27, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Dan Archer

The Online News Association’s annual conference last month in Chicago was a who’s who of movers and shakers in the industry. One new addition to the reporter’s storytelling toolkit was virtual reality (VR), which can transform any home computer into a VR world that responds to the user’s head movements in real time.

Knight Center launches a massive online course in Portuguese on mobile journalism

Source Knight Center on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Smartphones have become indispensable and have transformed various aspects of our daily lives, including the way that we consume news and how it is produced. To help those interested in learning about the latest in mobile media and how journalism can be done via smartphone, the Brazilian National Association of Newspapers (ANJ) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, supported by Google, will offer the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “Introduction to Mobile Journalism.”

Kim Garretson Real_Inno RJI Research: Connecting startup ecosystems to enterprises seeking innovation

Source DocSlide on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Member of the first class of part time non-resident research fellows at RJI. My research will focus on connecting early-stage companies with the research capabilities of the institute. I'll be bringing in both pre-VC and venture-backed innovations in all areas of digital media across all screens, plus ad tech. Will be incorporating the project under my Real/Inno work as a board member and advisor to startups. - See more at: http://cdn.docslide.net/technology/kim-garretson-realinno-rji-research-c...

News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

By Nikki Usher on October 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

For years, the drumbeat among venture capitalists has been that content is expensive and is not worth their investment. But we’ve seen a turnaround, and the question is, why now? The answer may simply be optimism.

Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

By Mary Grigsby on October 24, 2014 4 Comments Blogs
Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

I’m conducting research interviews to better understand media use motivations and preferences of 18- to 29-year-old careerists. Nine interviews in and I’m observing an interesting and unanticipated pattern from the data.