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Do journalists have an obligation to tell a source their story will be used in sponsored content?

By Jaci Smith on October 16, 2014 7 Comments Blogs

How do I identify myself to potential sources in reporting a story that would become sponsored content?

Twitter survey finds journalists may have more leeway to insert some humor, opinion into local news tweets

By Jennifer Nelson on October 15, 2014 0 Comments News
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When it comes to local news, journalists may have more freedom to interject some opinion into tweets, according to a recent survey of residents in two major U.S. metropolitan areas. However, survey participants indicated that they preferred objective or impartial tweets about national news.

JAWS Ambassador blog post: JAWS oral history project progresses

Source Journalism & Women Symposium on October 14, 2014 0 Comments

An exciting and important effort to memorialize the work and lives of JAWS members is well underway, thanks to researchers at the University of Missouri who are documenting the oral histories of many of our members.

What’s hot (or not) from ONA 14

By Brian Steffens on October 6, 2014 0 Comments News
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Perhaps the biggest buzz at this year’s ONA convention was Gannett and its Des Moines Register’s “Harvest of Change” series of stories that capitalized on interactive viewing using the Oculus VR headset.

Can social media boost news consumption?

By Chad Martin on October 6, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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You and I are bombarded by thousands of ideas and brand impressions every day. I’m specifically interested in social media and its power as an influencer: Can social media convince you to buy a specific brand of soda and read a newspaper series on the November elections?

Down-home Democracy: Why covering local elections is important and how small newspapers can do it well

By Scott Swafford on October 3, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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Scott Swafford, 2013–2014 Reynolds Fellow, presented at the 2014 Missouri Press Association meeting on "Down-home Democracy: Why covering local elections is important and how small newspapers can do it well." Following are his notes for that presentation.

Improv boosts innovation at Collab/Space Chicago

By RJI on October 2, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Kim Garretson

Previous Reynolds Fellows Kim Garretson and David Cohn spoke at Collab/Space Chicago. Garretson presented his startup-discovery website, Realizing Innovation, while Cohn delivered the keynote address.

Where do we grow from here? Hacks/Hackers gains its first executive director

By Jeanne Brooks on September 25, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Growing pains: Hacks/Hackers network gains its first executive director

The Hacks/Hackers network has grown to be a valuable resource for journalism communities around the world. Jeanne Brooks joins the network as its first-ever executive director.

Free stuff: Telling stories with data

Source CNPA on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

A new e-book, "Data + Design: A Simple Introduction to Preparing and Visualizing Information," takes the mystery out of collecting and using data to tell stories using visually engaging tools and techniques.

'Data+Design': free ebook released for data visualisation

Source on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

A free ebook on data visualisation was launched earlier this week to make the practice more accessible to those without specialised training.

Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of crowdfunded data visualisation start-up Infoactive, started work on Data + Design after receiving a request for data tutorials from a contributor. The ebook was also made available as an open source project on GitHub.

"One of our goals for the book was to make it easier for people that are more design-oriented," Chiasson told, "or communications-oriented, or don't have that background in statistics, to be able to make sense of data and understand what they need to know, because a lot of text books about data are written by technical people and never edited for non-technical audiences.

"So a big part of this for us was making a guide that's very conversational and very friendly, something that designers would want to read rather than something that designers look at and they say 'oh you know this is a lot of maths talk, this isn't for me'."

MIT Technology Review Names Chris Shipley to Live Events Team as Executive Producer

Source Review Seeker on September 18, 2014 0 Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today, MIT Technology Review announced the addition of Chris Shipley to its live events team. In her role as executive producer, Shipley will draw on her years of experience in both media and events to conceptualize, program, and produce new and unique live-event experiences for the global media company.

The Guardian taps former Google exec to strengthen tech industry ties

Source VentureBeat on September 4, 2014 0 Comments

U.K. newspaper the Guardian has decided to open up its first office on the U.S. West Coast, and it’s doing so by hiring former Google head of media partnerships David Gehring.

MIT Technology Review names Chris Shipley to live events team as executive producer

Source MIT Technology Review on August 27, 2014 0 Comments

MIT Technology Review announced the addition of Chris Shipley, 2013 Reynolds Fellow, to its live events team. In her role as executive producer, Shipley will draw on her years of experience in both media and events to conceptualize, program, and produce new and unique live-event experiences for the global media company.

Can native advertising succeed in small news operations?

Source MNA Bulletin on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

I’ll admit it, I’m competitive.

If somebody is doing something interesting and innovative in our industry, I want to know how they do it — and maybe learn how to do it even better.

As a consequence, I spend a fair amount of my time checking out industry blogs, e-newsletters, articles and academic research. I am also a MOOC — massive open online courses — addict.

But as an editor of a small community newspaper, this can be an exercise in frustration. The Faribault Daily News is a five-day publication with a circulation of about 5,200. Our newsroom, including me, has seven people in it.

So, when I read about some really interesting, disruptive innovation happening at The New York Times or The Washington Post or even smaller community papers like the Northwest Herald in Illinois, I tend to shake my head and wistfully note, “If only we had the resources.”

is the media today responsible enough to share the real news?

Source Vidoyen on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

is the media today responsible enough to share the real news?

Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists

Source Poynter on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

When Dan Schultz first described Truth Goggles close to three years go, he deemed it a “magic button” that could tell you “what is true and what is false on the web site you are viewing.”

That concept – which Schultz refers to as the “fact-check the Internet approach” – attracted a decent amount of press and enthusiasm at the time. Schultz shipped some related code as a result of him developing the project while at the MIT Media Lab.

Today, nearly three years later, he’s released the first Truth Goggles product — and it’s a departure from that original vision.

J. Brian Houston Lauded for Research Activity

Source on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

J. Brian Houston, assistant professor of communication, received a 2014 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, which is presented to junior faculty members who demonstrate superior research and creative activity.

Professor Mitchell McKinney, chair of the Department of Communication, highlighted Houston’s strengths in his nomination letter. “In just a few short years Brian has produced a record of scholarly achievement that is quite amazing in both its rate of productivity and also its level of conceptual sophistication and theoretical development.”

Thinktomi Welcomes Chris Shipley as Board Member

Source PR News Wire on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Chris Shipley, a leading technology analyst for more than 25 years, has joined the board of Thinktomi, a Silicon Valley company delivering high-impact entrepreneurship and business education to an audience of all ages and backgrounds.

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Since 1984, Chris Shipley has identified startups that are driving market disruption. As leader of the DEMO Conference (1996 to 2009), she helped more than 1,500 companies go to market. A journalist, analyst and innovative thinker, Chris focuses her work on entrepreneurs who are making sustainable impact in the world.

"A rapidly shifting global economy requires a workforce educated in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking, regardless of the field of endeavor," says Chris Shipley. "Thinktomi's approach to entrepreneurial education is smart, scalable and high impact and I'm delighted to join the company's Board and help steer the organization as it grows both domestically and internationally."

"Silicon Valley is the ideal location and Chris Shipley, with her rich Valley background, is the ideal board member to guide us as we continue to grow," says Thinktomi Co-Founder & CEO Manoj Fernando.

3-D news immersion: It’s almost like being there

By Bimal Balakrishnan on July 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Bimal Balakrishnan

During the next two semesters as a Reynolds Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Bimal Balakrishnan will explore the potential of advanced 3-D technologies for journalism and advertising.

Is it “working”? Let’s talk about metrics for mission-driven work

By Joy Mayer on July 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How do we know if the information we’re providing is having an impact? How do we know if our efforts are worth it? If our plan is “working“? Those questions don’t come up much if your ultimate business success can be easily quantified (dollars, users, sales, reach, etc.). But what if your goals aren’t so easily measured?