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Alumna Earns Prestigious Spot in Journalism Institute

Source NU.edu on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

Alumna Annette Deming (M.Ed., 2012), a journalism teacher at Don Lugo High School in Chino, California, has been accepted into the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri this summer.

She is one of 25 teachers in the country sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to take part in the summer program there.

Ms. Deming became a teacher after working for five years with a boutique public relations firm in Los Angeles In addition to her Master of Education degree, she also earned an Master of Arts in English literature from National University. She currently teaches both English and journalism and serves as publication advisor for the Quest News, the official student newspaper of Don Lugo High School.

In Brief

Source News & Tech on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

Denver Post Editor Gregory Moore will discuss politics and press responsibility during the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Gerald M. Boyd Lecture Series Sept. 5 at the RJI Institute in Columbia, Mo.

FOIA Machine is cranking up to help journalists

Source NAA on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

An online tool lends a hand to journalists juggling public record requests.

FOIA Machine, an open-source platform, helps citizens prepare, file and track public record requests to government agencies. It helps citizens access documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state laws pertaining to open records. FOIA Machine opened to anyone interested on June 25, but a limited number of people have used the tool since the fall.

The tool, which is free to use, depends on private donations and foundation grants. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute provided funding. The Center for Investigative Reporting hosted the project. More than 2,000 people backed FOIA Machine on Kickstarter. The project exceeded its $17,500 goal by raising $53,654 by Aug. 16.

Reynolds Journalism Institute to host “Innovation in Community Newspapers Conference”

Source Nebraska Press Association on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting industry professionals to the “Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers,” Nov. 20-21, 2014.

The price of admission is two successful ideas that generated revenue, boosted readership or improved the news operation in some way. The conference will bring together industry leaders to the Missouri School of Journalism for two days of exchange and dialogue of best practices that will help sustain local journalism, especially in small and rural markets.

Participants will bring a couple ideas of their own and go home with several other ideas to try.

TABLET OWNERS RELY ON SMARTPHONES FOR ON-THE-GO NEWS, TABLETS FOR LEISURE TIME AND INFORMATION

Source WPA on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

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 the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Only 4 in 10 smartphone owners said they also used large tablets.

This difference combined with the following findings confirm that tablet owners are relying on smartphones to meet their anywhere, anytime needs for immediate communication and news, and tablets to meet their more relaxed, leisure-time needs for delayed entertainment and information.

Ideas for Community Papers

Source Nevada Press Newsletter on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting industry professionals to the "Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers,” Nov. 20-21. The price of admission is two successful ideas that generated revenue, boosted readership or improved the news operation in some way.
The conference will bring together industry leaders to the Missouri School of Journalism for two day of exchange and dialogue of best practices that will help sustain local journalism, especially in small and rural markets. Participants will bring a couple ideas of their own and go home with several other ideas to try.

Half of Large Tablet Owners Watch Video Content on Their Devices At Least Weekly

Source Marketing Charts on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

Notes: A slight majority 52% of large tablet owners reported accessing and watching movies, TV programs or other videos on their devices in the week prior to the survey, with this activity more prevalent among male (59%) than female (47%) owners. Men aged 18-34 are the most likely to be watching video content on their large tablets, with two-thirds doing so.

RJI In the News

Source ASNE on August 20, 2014 0 Comments

RJI in the news

To help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web that are of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs in its RJI Links.

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

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.

Health app's tailored news helps patients live better lives

During a doctor visit, patients check various boxes on information forms to provide insight about their medical history and current health conditions. This offers more focused care for the patient. Treepple, a University of Missouri-developed news application, uses a similar approach to gather data for a tailoring engine that generates health-news content specific to individual users.

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.”

Women on smartphones more likely to read social media news link

Source Indiana Publisher on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Women are much more likely than men to read news stories found within social media on their smartphones, according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. About three-quarters of the women who owned smartphones said they had interacted with social media, and 65 percent said they had read news stories found within social media in the week prior to participating in the survey. By comparison, about two thirds of men said they used their smartphones to interact with social media, and 54 percent said they had read news stories found within social media.

Seniors More Likely to Read News on Tablets

Source Editor & Publisher on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Both tablets and smartphones are used by a majority of owners for keeping up with the news, but tablets are used for news by a somewhat higher percentage of owners aged 55 or older than by those aged 18-34 (see charts 6.1 and 6.5), according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). The opposite was found for news consumption on smartphones (see report 4, charts 4.1 and 4.5).

Collab/Space NYC: Coverage, Photos and More

Source Media Shift on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Collab/Space NYC, an event sponsored by Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and hosted by the Ford Foundation and PBS MediaShift on July 8, was all about collaboration. Representatives from organizations like NPR, Vox Media, Quartz and Facebook came together to present innovative projects, discuss their main challenges associated with emerging media tools, then hear ideas from industry peers on how to address those various tasks.

We’ve rounded up a great collection of photos, coverage and Storifys from Collab/Space New York. Did we miss anything? Please add it in the comments, and we’ll update the post.

And if you’d like to join us for the next event, Collab/Space Chicago is coming up September 24.

FOIA Council subcommittees begin study of records, meeting exemptions

Source Virginia's ePress on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

The Virginia Press Association will work with local government representatives to bring clarity to a provision that allows public bodies to hold a closed meeting to discuss personnel matters.

The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council and the attorney general has issued opinions that say that provision only applies to employees they exercise control over, such as a county administrator or city manager.

But this interpretation does not sit well with open government advocates and local government representatives, who heavily discussed the provision during a FOIA Council subcommittee meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The public discussion of an employees dismissal can lead to lawsuits and claims of discrimination or retaliation, said Roger Wiley, a local attorney who often represents local governments.

Study Focuses on Smartphone vs. Tablet

Source Net News Check on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Nearly 9 in 10 large tablet owners also use smartphones according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Only 4 in 10 smartphone owners said they also used large tablets. This difference, writes Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing at RJI, helps to confirm that tablet owners are relying on smartphones to meet their anywhere, anytime needs for immediate communication and news, and tablets to meet their more relaxed, leisure-time needs for delayed entertainment and information.

Teachers selected for Reynolds High School Journalism Institute

Source ASNE on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

ASNE's Youth Journalism Initiative will continue its national effort to inspire youth in the ever-changing world of journalism by training 140 secondary-school teachers at the 2014 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute.

The Institute provides comprehensive journalism training and hands-on experience. Teachers will learn how to help students:
differentiate between fact, opinion and infotainment; understand bias, balance and fairness in news coverage by developing news literacy skills; and appreciate the importance of credible and verifiable news sources.
gain stronger reporting, writing, editing, multimedia, design and entrepreneurial skills needed to start or improve student news media organizations.
understand the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment and their rights and ethical responsibilities as student journalists.

RJI In The News

Source ASNE on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

To help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs in its RJI Links.

Women more likely to use smart phones to read news found within social media
Women are much more likely than men to read news stories found within social media on their smartphones, according to RJI's latest mobile media survey.

About three-quarters of the women who owned smartphones said they had interacted with social media, and 65 percent said they had read news stories found within social media in the week prior to participating in the survey. By comparison, about two-thirds of men said they used their smartphones to interact with social media, and 54 percent said they had read news stories found within social media.

Teachers from across U.S. learn about legal issues in journalism

Source Kent Wired on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

Censoring in school districts does not work, according to the executive director of Student Press Law Center, who was the keynote speaker at a conference for high school journalism teacher hosted at Kent State.

“When you get done with these two weeks here, the smartest ‘lawyer’ in this building will be you,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center on Tuesday, July 8, while presenting to the Kent State American Society of News Editors of Reynolds High School Journalism Institute.

This two-week course is a collaboration of 32 high school journalism teachers from across the U.S. to gain a hands-on experience in student media. Participants will receive three graduate credits or six continuing education units.

LoMonte discussed freedom of the press, censorship, invasion of privacy, and prior review in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall.

Collab/Space NYC: Helping Intrapreneurial Projects Succeed

Source MediaShift on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

There is plenty of advice available for startups and entrepreneurs, but what do you do if you are inside a company and want to develop a new concept or project? There are no incubators, angel investors or college courses around to help you.

Collab/Space, a production of PBS MediaShift, with premier sponsorship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism and hosted by the Ford Foundation, is trying to change that. In this session, on July 8 in New York, nine “intrapreneurs” made 5-minute presentations about their projects and listed their main challenges. Each presenter then took 10 minutes of questions from the audience. Following the presentations, the afternoon was given over to improv exercises and breakout workshops to hone each presenter’s view of what she needed to become a success. In addition, Kimberly Lau, vice president and general manager of The Atlantic Digital and Kareem Amin, vice president for product at News Corp. made presentations to the group.

Former publisher elected international president

Source Vandalia Leader on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

Vandalia Rotary Club member Gary Sosniecki was elected President of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) at the organization’s annual meeting last week in Durango, Colorado. Sosniecki and his wife, Helen, were the owners, publishers, and editors of The Vandalia Leader from 2003-2007. The Sosnieckis will be hosts of the 2015 ISWNE conference at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia next June. ISWNE’s members are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, and Scotland.
Gary Sosniecki is a regional sales manager covering a nine-state territory for TownNews.com headquarter at Moline, Illinois. He also was general manager of TownNews’ Creative Services from 2008-2012. He joined the company in January 2008 after a 34-year newspaper career that included owning three weekly newspapers and publishing a small daily, all in Missouri. In addition to The Vandalia Leader, Sosniecki, with his wife, Helen, owned the Humansville Star-Leader from 1980 to 1986, the Webster County Citizen in Seymour from 1988-1999. From 1999-2003, they were editors and publishers of The Lebanon Daily Record and vice presidents of its parent company, Lebanon Publishing Co., in Lebanon, Mo. He also has worked for The Jackson, Tenn., Sun, the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, and the Hillsboro, Kan., Star-Journal.

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?