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David Cohn: Circa's mobile approach: The structure and form of news re-thought

Source Slide Share on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

1. Follow the news NovemberConfidential
2. How we consume news c. 1605-2008 c. Today e.g. gap time while in line for coffee, waiting at a subway stop, etc.
3. Current news apps take an existing format and force it into a smaller screen where readers also have a dramatically shorter attention span New York Times iPhone App

Introducing Real-Time Social Journalism at RJI’s MobileFirst Symposium

Source Bubble And Blender on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

On a cold Sunday evening in February, John Walton (@thatjohn) took a break from binge watching House of Cards Season 2, and logged on to an aviation forum to catch up with colleagues a half a world away. A freelance aviation journalist, Walton and his friends were watching air traffic when it became clear that an Ethiopian Airlines 737 had flown dramatically off course. As they listened in to air traffic control, the reason for the misdirection became clear: the aircraft’s pilot had hi-jacked the plane and was seeking amnesty in Geneva, Switzerland.

This journalist knew he had a story and he knew he had it hours before any other reporter was likely to. He didn’t, however, have a printing press or a broadcast tower or even a well-trafficked web site, for that matter. He did have Twitter and more than 3,000 followers. So, at 8:25p.m. EST on February 16, John used the only publishing platform at his disposal to break the news.

Q&A with Matt (Sokoloff) Broffman of local news site Bungalower

By Jennifer Nelson on April 9, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Bungalower CEO Matt (Sokoloff) Broffman was in high school when he first identified deficiencies in his community’s local news coverage. RJI’s Jennifer Nelson sat down with Broffman to learn more about his new venture in Central Florida.

Shovel ready: Infographics that make you want to dig deeper into a story

By Ben Owens on April 9, 2014 0 Comments News
Ben Owens

Ben Owens, journalism graduate student, attended four sessions during RJI's Mobile First symposium. As a designer and self-proclaimed tech nerd, one presentation held his undivided attention.

SheByShe Survey Finds Women Have Love/hate Relationships With Smartphones

Source Digital Journal on April 7, 2014 0 Comments

Burlingame, CA - (PRWEB) March 25, 2014

SheByShe™, a new women's opinion site dedicated to giving women a voice, today announced the strong, conflicting results of its "Smartphones: What Women Think" survey. Although smartphones have rapidly evolved into a necessity, with 54 percent of those surveyed saying they "can't live without" their smartphones; the respondents also expressed grave concerns about the impact pervasive smartphone use is having on society, families and children. Of the women responding to the survey, mostly Internet-savvy, millennial working women, 71 percent said they were deeply bothered when seeing so many people engrossed in smartphones in public, and only 25 percent think smartphones are having a positive impact overall on society. Thirty-six percent feel smartphones are having a negative impact on society, and 39 percent believe the impact is neutral.

"These survey results reveal an interesting paradox; women seem to be saying they love their smartphones when they work for them, and they hate their smartphones when they don't, and yes, sometimes it's both things at once," said Chris Shipley, leading technology industry analyst, entrepreneur and currently a Reynolds Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Missouri School of Journalism, 11 other programs win $35,000 ONA grants to create live news experiments

By RJI on April 4, 2014 0 Comments News
Missouri wins ONA grant

A Missouri School of Journalism team wins a $35,000 micro-grant from the Online News Association's Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. The grant will fund a live news experiment that bridges journalism education, community engagement and local news.

Truth Goggles update: Fact submission and hostile media

By Daniel Schultz on March 20, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Dan Schultz

I'm entering the third trimester of my fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and for the past two months I have been trying my hardest to think like a journalist.

BBG’s Will Sullivan Speaks at SXSW Interactive

Source Broadcasting Board of Governors on March 19, 2014 0 Comments

BBG’s Director of Mobile, Will Sullivan, spoke at South By Southwest Interactive last week in a session entitled, “43 Tongues” about the launching the Voice of America mobile apps in 43 languages.

Sullivan’s session was part of SXSWi’s “Future 15″ emerging and new technology track, focused on quick dives in new technologies and skills for emerging markets. The presentation discussed how to localize content and user experiences for global audiences. The audience was made up of leaders from international media outlets like Deutsche Welle and Radio Netherlands, and global marketing firms such as Weber Shandwick. Sullivan’s presentation peaked quite a bit of interest in person and on Twitter. Afterwards several members of the audience had follow-up questions to learn more about building international news and information products.

Tribune launches data-mapping site called Neighborhoods

Source The Columbia Tribune on March 17, 2014 0 Comments

The Tribune Sunday unveiled a new data-mapping website called Neighborhoods that offers residents an easy way to see what's going on where they live.

The website, which represents the nation's first large-scale deployment of the OpenBlock software, features arrest reports, emergency dispatch activity, tweets that include location information, restaurant inspections, Tribune news stories and more, with most of the data being served up in real time. Users of the site also can post "Neighbor Messages" to share information with their neighbors. The data can be filtered by location and topic and viewed on a map or in a list.

Reynolds Fellow researches needs for new innovation discovery tools for media and strat comm firms

By Kim Garretson on March 5, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Kim Garretson

During this final semester of my non-residential fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, I am seeking feedback on outside innovation discovery from professionals on the journalism and revenue sides of media companies, as well as from marketers and agencies.

What we've learned about real-time reporting from John Walton and the #ET702 story

By Chris Shipley on March 3, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Chris Shipley

After a brief tweet to congratulate John Walton (@thatjohn) for breaking the #ET702 hijacking story and alert him to my initial post on the matter, we got into a Twitter exchange, then email conversation, and then a live chat with the students of the Journalism & Democracy capstone class at the Missouri School of Journalism, each discussion giving a little more texture to his experience and learning about reporting a story as it happens using Twitter as a publication medium.

Missouri tests multi-platform storytelling across six newsrooms

By Jim Flink on February 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Jim Flink

Clutter. Chaos. Copious amounts of content. News organizations are struggling right now. Struggling to connect with users who are migrating to increasingly diverse and cluttered platforms. Struggling to migrate their staffs, sometimes chaotically, to distribute distinct, quality, multi-platform content to different and varied platforms.

Taking action: EdShift launches to move journalism education forward

By Kathleen Bartzen Culver on February 19, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Katy Culver

EdShift launches today with the aim of becoming the central hub for journalism educators, students and professionals to find resources, tools and support for transforming their work. Spurred by Searchlights and Sunglasses – the experimental digital text by Reynolds Fellow Eric Newton – and supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation, EdShift is about more than talking about journalism education. It's about action.

Chicago Write-A-Thon helps storytellers make sense of data

By Trina Chiasson on February 19, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Trina Chiasson

I've seen a lot of datasets over the past year. My co-founder and I have been building an online platform to simplify the process of making interactive infographics, where each infographic starts with a dataset. People bring all kinds of data into the platform and it's our job to programmatically assist them in telling a story with their data. We do our best to make it look easy, but it's not easy at all.

#ET702 and the birth of real-time journalism

By Chris Shipley on February 18, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Chris Shipley

If we needed more evidence of the speed and reach of Twitter as a news medium, the news and unfolding story on Twitter of Ethiopian Flight ET702 should confirm that our world is never going to be the same again. As is so often the case these days, the story about the story – at least when that story involves the rising influence of social media, is one that pits the tortoise (traditional media) against the hare (Twitter and social media).

A 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow leads development of new journalism innovation center at University of Oregon

By Jennifer Nelson on February 17, 2014 0 Comments News
Mike Fancher

An innovation center committed to exploring how citizens can interact and gain value from journalism is becoming reality for the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, thanks to a generous anonymous donor.

Research and overview of thorough election coverage

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Reynolds Fellow Scott Swafford shares some of his research and explains how to help voters make informed decisions through thorough election reporting at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Doing deep background checks on candidates for local office

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Mark Horvit, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, spoke about doing deep background checks on candidates for local office at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Mining online campaign finance records

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Scott Swafford

Reynolds Fellow Scott Swafford spoke about campaign finance records at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

The pressures of covering elections and endorsing candidates

By RJI on February 14, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and Hank Waters, publisher emeritus of the Columbia Daily Tribune, spoke about the pressures of covering elections and endorsing candidates in small communities at RJI's "Down-home Democracy: Empowering Citizens With Outstanding Coverage of Local Elections" on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.