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adFreeq tapped for investment

By RJI on January 14, 2013 0 Comments

An innovative startup that has potential to boost newspapers' classified advertising revenue has been tapped for investment from a St. Louis angel capital group.

Media startup adFreeq, incubated at the Reynolds Journalism Institute on the University of Missouri campus, was one of six companies selected to participate in a St. Louis startup accelerator program this fall.

How press association ad networks can nelp newspapers compete online

By RJI on January 11, 2013 0 Comments

The first local ad networks weren’t online, but instead were networks of local newspapers that worked together — usually through state press or newspaper associations — to allow larger advertisers to place ads on multiple publications. And to this day most such groups still offer an ad network for their member papers.

RJI announces new non-residential fellowship

By RJI on January 10, 2013 0 Comments

Each year since 2008, the Reynolds Journalism Institute has recruited between four and six fellows to spend eight months delving into a big industry challenge or opportunity. All of those fellows came to the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., to live and work full-time alongside professors, students and others. But this year, RJI is introducing something new.

As tablets change how we read, news needs a major makeover to keep up

By RJI on January 9, 2013 0 Comments

I doubt I’m breaking news to anyone when I assert that the tablet has changed how we interact with the written word. The real question is what else is it changing along the way?

Tablet ownership doubled in the U.S. in 2012, and more than half of U.S. adults own a tablet or a smartphone. Thirty-seven percent of tablet owners read news on it every day. As the numbers grow, our industry’s notions about how readers consume text, video and photos on the web will need to be re-examined with an eye toward the user experience these readers have come to expect on mobile devices. This improved user experience, more than the shiny awesome newness of a sleek ereader, is what I think is really what’s changing people’s habits.

Ten Silicon Prairie startups to watch in 2013

By RJI on January 7, 2013 0 Comments

Eyes were on the Silicon Prairie in 2012 as the startup community in and around Kansas City, Omaha and Des Moines earned attention from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and other outlets. Startups like Dwolla, MindMixer and Hudl were mentioned in many of those stories, as their milestones have earned them a place in the public eye. But who will be the Silicon Prairie startups in those same stories in 2013?

Analysis of Twitter Reactions to Presidential Election

By RJI on January 7, 2013 0 Comments

University of Missouri professors team up with newspapers to analyze Twitter responses to presidential debates

Big Bird. Binders full of women. Malarkey. Thanks to Twitter, these phrases spread like wildfire through social media this election cycle. With more and more viewers turning to handheld devices to sound off, how can media outlets hear these voices?

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By Brian Steffens on December 28, 2012 0 Comments Blogs
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How Press Association Ad Networks Can Help Newspapers Compete Online

By RJI on December 21, 2012 0 Comments

The first local ad networks weren’t online, but instead were networks of local newspapers that worked together — usually through state press or newspaper associations — to allow larger advertisers to place ads on multiple publications. And to this day most such groups still offer an ad network for their member papers.

This setup is great for newspapers. They receive almost the same amount of revenue from an ad placed by the newspaper association as they do if one of their local sales reps had sold it — and in some cases they receive more because they are charging a national not a local rate.

Hyperlocal trade org boosts membership

By RJI on December 18, 2012 0 Comments

A nascent trade organization for hyperlocal news sites has added dozens of online publishers to its ranks in an initial membership drive, its chair said on Monday.

Drones to be used for KBIA coverage

By RJI on December 14, 2012 0 Comments

Soon the information gathered by KBIA/91.3 FM, MU's NPR affiliate, might not come from not a reporter but a drone, thanks to the work of several MU faculty members.

Good Things Going On At The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri

By RJI on December 12, 2012 0 Comments

Some of what I try to do in this column is let you know about resources and tools that can make your jobs easier and more effective. That’s the case with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

The future is now

By RJI on December 10, 2012 0 Comments

Walking into the Futures Lab at the University of Missouri’s Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute, you might think you have mistakenly walked onto a Star Trek movie set. As you look around the room, you see a student using his body as the controller to play a video game while another student furiously arranges information on a touch screen as she constructs applications. This is the new classroom for the digital age, a place for students to learn about and ultimately help define the applications they use every day on their smartphones and laptops.

Sarasota, Longboat Observers named newspapers of the year by the Local Media Association

By RJI on December 10, 2012 0 Comments

Two Observer Media Group publications earned the titles of “Newspaper of the Year” in Local Media Association’s annual competition. LMA, the only non-profit professional trade association that serves the suburban and community newspaper industry, is made up of more than 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.

Stay Tuned in St. Louis is live, interactive TV

By RJI on November 20, 2012 0 Comments

Nine Network in St. Louis has premiered a unique interactive weekly television series, Stay Tuned, in which experts and community members discuss matters of community importance live via videochat service Google+ Hangout, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

Tablets increasingly drive online newspaper traffic

By RJI on November 19, 2012 0 Comments

The newspaper is dying. Even the most stout-hearted optimists cannot overlook the sharp decline in subscription and readership across the board lately. Many papers have closed down in recent years or are on the verge of doing so. While this withering of a once-mighty national industry may look bleak to many, it is a journalistic genesis for many more. The rise of iPad newspapers, and online newspapers in general, makes quality journalism more accessible than ever.

Block by Block: 3 years, important lessons

By Michele McLellan on November 19, 2012 0 Comments

The Block by Block Community News Summit, a network of local news entrepreneurs , was born three years ago this month.

Fellowship designed to gauge value of aggregated content

By RJI on November 15, 2012 0 Comments
Kansas Publisher

After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1984 to pursue a career in newspapers, alumna Connie Farrow never imagined she’d be returning to campus in 2012 to help newspapers in a slightly different role. Missouri-based American Newspaper Digital Access Corporation (ANDAC) wants to help newspapers take advantage of technology to harness the value of their online content before they lose it to pirates who try to resell it.

RJI receives $30.1 million endowment gift

By RJI on November 15, 2012 0 Comments
INA Bulletin

The University of Missouri has received a $30.1 million gift to guarantee permanent funding for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, the 4-year-old center devoted to innovation, collaboration and research in media industries. The gift, the largest endowment gift in the history of the university, came from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. It is the second largest gift ever to the University of Missouri. The largest gift was the more than $31 million the Foundation gave in 2004 to provide the physical facilities and initial operating expenses for the Institute.

Missouri journalism center receives $30M gift

By RJI on November 15, 2012 0 Comments

A University of Missouri journalism think tank has received a $30.1 million endowment — one of the largest gifts in school history — to continue its research into the digital future of news, university leaders announced Thursday.

University of Missouri Receives $30 Million From Reynolds Foundation

By RJI on November 15, 2012 0 Comments

The University of Missouri has announced a $30 million gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to create a permanent endowment in support of its journalism institute.