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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.

St. Louis merger: Designing a news organization to grow community connections

By Kelsey Proud on July 22, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Kelsey Proud

The Reynolds institutional fellowship in St. Louis will focus on outreach to people and organizations who have demonstrated interest in one of four topic areas: the scientific aspects of health, education, arts or economic innovation. St. Louis Public Radio plans to use social media channels and technology-based platforms, along with more traditional journalistic techniques, to identify influencers in each topic area and map their networks.

GeekWire: The for-profit niche tech news site deep in the heart of Seattle’s startup land

By Nikki Usher on July 18, 2014 0 Comments News
Nikki Usher

GeekWire, the tech industry online news site with a specific focus on Seattle tech companies, has a similar origin story—one that begins five years earlier from deep in the bowels of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. And today, it’s got the backing of a well-known Seattle entrepreneur and a calibrated business plan that looks far different than any traditional journalism organization. What lessons does GeekWire offer, then, for the news industry?

Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists

By Craig Silverman on July 17, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Truth Goggles

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 website you are viewing.”

Can native advertising succeed in small news operations?

By Jaci Smith on July 15, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Jaci Smith

When I read about some really interesting, disruptive innovation happening at The New York Times or The Washington Post or even smaller community papers, I tend to shake my head and wistfully note “if only we had the resources.” We can’t afford to think like that any more — really, no one in our business can.

How the Texas Tribune wants to hack its way to audience growth

By Tim Griggs on July 7, 2014 1 Comment Blogs

The Texas Tribune has been an extraordinary success story by almost any measure. It’s seen as one of the poster children for success in the era of nonprofit news. It’s proving that sustainability, and even outright growth, is possible for serious news organizations.

Nearly all large tablet owners also use smartphones

By Roger Fidler on June 30, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

The pairing of large tablets with smartphones has important implications for news organizations. Nearly 9 in 10 large tablet owners also use smartphones according to the latest mobile media survey from RJI. Only 4 in 10 smartphone owners said they also used large tablets.

RJI in your inbox

By RJI on June 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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Welcome to RJI’s new newsletter system. We’re implementing a new management system in July that will allow you to subscribe to one or more of our newsletters and updates based on your interests.

LION Receives Fellowship at RJI

Source Lion Digital Media on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

LION Digital Media began the development of a new planning platform for local digital advertising after being granted an institutional fellowship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. “LION has been a strong advocate for local digital advertising for the past 8 years. By working with the RJI, we plan on making our platform available to any marketer who is trying to easily access digital advertising opportunities on local media sites and apps,” said Conrad Jungmann, LION’s founding partner.

The RJI fellowship program is focused on innovation and solutions for the news industry. Results, in the form of strategies, products or services, will be shared with news and news-related organizations. In addition to LION, companies that have received institutional fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year include: The Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, VML, SouthernMinn Media and The Texas Tribune.

Teaching Traditions

Source Mizzou Mag on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Matt Sokoloff Broffman is the CEO and publisher of Bungalower, a local news website covering Orlando, Fla., neighborhoods. Instead of giving the weather report or crime coverage, the site covers other happenings in the neighborhoods, such as business openings and closings, new construction, and transportation news.

“It’s all about connecting people to where they live,” says Broffman, BJ ’07, who researched how to make local news sites profitable as a 2012–13 Reynolds Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The site, which launched in July 2013, has more than 20,000 monthly readers.

KHS teacher selected as journalism fellow

Source Chesco Times on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

KENNETT SQUARE — Frank Vanderslice, a member of the Business and Technology Department at Kennett High School, was recently selected to be a participant as a fellow at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds School of Journalism.

Each year 35 high school teachers from around the country travel to the Reynolds Journalism Institute for the ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. The two-week workshop, beginning July 13, teaches the core tenets of journalism and the skills needed to produce a top-notch publication or broadcast. The workshop, provided free for teachers and schools, is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and is administered by the American Society of News Editors.

Don't Be Socially Awkward

Source RadioInk on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

It's often said -- and it's true -- that radio is the original social media. But today, you also have your air talent and other staffers tweeting, posting, sharing -- maybe even pinning and Tumbling. It's all a great complement to your over-the-air presentation, letting listeners connect to stations, advertisers, and each other in unprecedented ways. But do you really understand how to make the best of these new social channels, in tandem with your existing resources, to create great new value propositions for audiences and advertisers alike?

At the "Social Media: Best Practices" panel at Radio Ink's Convergence -- coming up next week, June 4-5 in Santa Clara, in California's Silicon Valley -- panelists will uncover and explore compelling opportunities for broadcasters in social media that you may not have yet considered. Learn how you can get the best return on your investment of time and money in social media -- and the risks of using social media incorrectly or, worse, pretending it doesn't exist.

RJI Selects 13 Storytellers to Become Reynolds Fellows

Source MediaShift on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

RJI, or the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, has awarded 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, the largest number that it’s handed out yet. But what may be even bigger news is that six of those fellows will take part in so-called “institutional fellowships,” under which they’ll work directly with media organizations, such as the Washington Post and the Texas Tribune, to try to find solutions to the challenges that face the news industry every day.

The companies that are involved have honed in on a project and a person to oversee it, and RJI will give each company $20,000 and other funds to cover travel and other expenses for the project. The current group of companies that are taking part in the institutional fellowships include the Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, VML, LION Digital Media, Huckle Media and the Texas Tribune.

In addition to the six institutional fellowships, RJI has tapped two residential fellows to work full-time on their projects in Columbia, three non-residential fellows, and two University of Missouri campus fellows.

Faribault Daily News' Smith wins national fellowship

Source on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

Faribault Daily News’ Smith wins national fellowship

Jaci Smith, managing editor of the Faribault Daily News, was named a 2014-2015 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, one of 13 nationwide who will work with RJI on a wide range of projects to advance the journalism industry.

Smith will spend eight months starting this fall working on the creation of a native advertising program that can be implemented by small community newspapers nationwide. RJI will provide funds to cover travel and other expenses to Daily News parent company Huckle Media LLC to get the project done.

Reynolds Journalism Institute fellowship program grows

Source The Columbia Tribune on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute expanded its fellowship program this year, opening the door to institutional fellows, leading to an expansion of the overall number of people and groups studying how to improve journalism.

RJI announced the year's round of fellows last week, including institutions such as The Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio and The Texas Tribune. Other institutional fellows are LION Digital Media, Huckle Media and VML.

RJI announces 2014-2015 Reynolds Fellows

By RJI on May 15, 2014 0 Comments News

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute today awarded a record 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, including — for the first time — six institutional fellowships that will allow the institute to work directly with media organizations to address issues and challenges for the news industry.

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.