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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.

‘Blah, blah, blah’? Billboard art show confronts Missouri drivers head-on

Source Al Jazeera America on June 1, 2015 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Thompson was awarded a fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, allowing the project to carry on through the upcoming political season.

Media Experts Huddle to Map a Plan for the Future of Digital News

Source Street Fight on May 20, 2015 0 Comments

Digital news publishers — especially at the community level — are in a fight for survival. Most news sites get crumbs in ad revenue compared to big commercial sites like Yahoo and Autotrader. Legacy publishers of daily newspapers do have paywalls for their digital platforms, but overall only low, single-digit percentages of visitors choose to pay the average $10 monthly cost for subscriptions.

New RJI Fellow to develop suite of apps to help streamline workflow of community journalists

By RJI on May 19, 2015 0 Comments News
Barrett Golding

A 2015-2016 RJI Fellow wants to streamline the workflow in small- to mid-sized newsrooms by creating apps to assist journalists in their day-to-day tasks. These tasks could range from fact-checking and finding free images to creating immersive multimedia presentations and previewing mobile versions of their articles.

Leader of NPR project Hearing Voices named RJI fellow

Source Current on May 19, 2015 0 Comments

The 12 new fellows at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo., include Barrett Golding, leader of the NPR project Hearing Voices. During his fellowship, Golding will create and test a suite of open-source WordPress plugins designed to make daily tasks for journalists faster and easier.

The Texas Tribune’s audience growth strategy is off to a measurably good start

By Tim Griggs on May 12, 2015 0 Comments Blogs
Measurable growth

The discipline of “audience development” — or whatever you want to call it — is finally getting lots of attention among news organizations that realize reaching new audiences, and engaging with them, doesn’t always happen organically. It takes plenty of work.

After CNN, a new start helping journalists embrace ‘the wearable revolution’

Source Poynter on May 11, 2015 0 Comments

Hernandez, who lives in San Diego, California, was recently named a 2015-2016 fellow at the University of Missouri’s Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. During his eight-month fellowship, he will explore the impact of wearables – in particular, smartwatches – and their journalistic potential.

Reynolds Journalism Institute names fellows

Source Columbia Daily Tribune on May 11, 2015 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri has named its newest class of fellows.

Reportory Founder Tracy Clark selected as prestigious 2015-2016 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

Source Virtual Strategy Magazine on May 8, 2015 0 Comments

Reportory Founder and CEO Tracy Clark has been selected for a distinguished non-residential fellowship with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). Clark will be one of 11 fellows for the 2015-2016 program, selected from 225 applicants from around the world.

RJI Fellow to explore storytelling potential of smartwatches

By Jennifer Nelson on May 6, 2015 0 Comments News
Victor Hernandez

The highly anticipated release of the Apple Watch last week has one new RJI Fellow intrigued by its potential for digital storytelling and engagement. News innovation strategist Victor Hernandez will spend eight months exploring the impact of wearable technology on newsrooms as a 2015-2016 nonresidential fellow at RJI.

RJI announces its 2015-2016 class of fellows

By RJI on May 5, 2015 0 Comments News

From exploring journalistic opportunities for wearable technology to helping smaller community newspapers provide digital services for advertisers, the ninth fellowship class of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute continues RJI’s commitment to nurturing and strengthening journalism’s service to citizens and their communities.

RJI Fellow’s oral history website shares stories, challenges and inspirations of female journalists

By Jennifer Nelson on April 28, 2015 0 Comments News

Herstory tells the stories of 34 veteran female journalists and the challenges, struggles and triumphs they faced in a historically male-dominated profession. The women were interviewed as part of the 2013-2014 RJI Fellowship of Yong Volz, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.