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RJI Director of Research Esther Thorson to be awarded Harold L. Nelson award

Source Media Newswire on May 3, 2011 0 Comments
Esther Thorson, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI, Research

Director of Research Esther Thorson was awarded the Harold L. Nelson award for achievement in mass communication research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

RJI's Rick Shaw shares his account of White House celebration following announcement of bin Laden's death

Source Columbia Missourian on May 2, 2011 0 Comments
Rick Shaw, POYi, Pictures of the Year International

POYi Director Rick Shaw was in Washington, D.C. for the 2011 Pictures of the Year International awards celebration when the White House announced the death of Osama bin Laden. Shaw ventured out to photograph the celebration that took place outside the White House. This is his account.

SPN Out & About: RJInnovation Week at the University of Missouri

Source Silicon Prairie News on April 26, 2011 0 Comments
RJInnovation Week, Randy Smith, Reynolds Journalism Institute, RJI

The Reynolds Journalism Institute exists to develop and test ways to improve journalism through new technology and improved processes, and RJInnovation Week brings together journalism and business leaders and aims to solve the business problems journalism is facing today.

RJI's and DPA's Roger Fidler's very early predictions-come-(more or less)-true

Source Gawker on April 24, 2011 0 Comments
Roger Fidler, iPad, Reynolds Journalism Institute

In 1994 Roger Fidler predicted the existence of E-Readers and iPad. The video imagines a world in which people carry around portable computing devices that will "weigh under two pounds," have a display "comparable to ink on paper," and will be able to "blend text, video, audio and graphics." Oh — and the prototype demo looks exactly like an iPad.

Reynolds wrap-up

Source Columbia Journalism Review on April 22, 2011 0 Comments
David Cohn, Reynolds Journalism Institute

On Monday morning I found myself on a bus in Columbia, Missouri heading to the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. Joining me on the ride were roughly thirty mostly young, and totally impressive journalists and community foundation folk.

Rescuing digital content: Notes from the Newspaper Archive Summit

Source Library of Congress on April 21, 2011 0 Comments
Newspaper Archive Summit, Reynolds Journalism Institute

On April 10-12 scholars, journalists, newspaper publishers, librarians, digital archivists and digital newspaper vendors gathered at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Missouri, for "The Newspaper Archive Summit: Rescuing orphaned and digital content," a program which set out to discuss the state of newspaper archives, including issues related to digitization of newspaper archives and preservation of born digital newspapers.

Hardly Strictly Young roundtable: alternative Knight Commission recommendations

Source christopherwink.com on April 20, 2011 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, RJI

Data, context and engagement were the themes of the Hardly. Strictly. Young. event at the University of Missouri Reynolds Journalism Institute this week, says Michael Maness, the Knight Foundation Vice President of Journalism and Media Innovation.

Finding money in newspaper archives

Source Forbes on April 18, 2011 0 Comments
Newspaper Archives, Dorothy Carner, digital archives, RJI

Media companies are looking for revenue, and increasingly they’re looking for it in their own archives. The Times and Wall Street Journal digitized their archives a decade ago, but many smaller papers haven’t yet, which has made libraries a hot topic — at least it was a hot topic at a conference held last week at the University of Missouri called the Newspaper Archive Summit.

New York Times paywall dangles Apple iPad offer

Source eWeek on April 17, 2011 0 Comments
iPad, Roger Fidler, E-Reader, Mid Missouri iPad User Group, DPA

Starting March 28, Times readers in the United States will have free access to 20 articles per month. Anything beyond that will involve a series of payments: $15 per month for access to the NYTimes.com Website and smartphone application, $20 per month for online access plus a tablet application, and $35 per month for the combined online, smartphone and tablet options.

DEAR READER: Digital archives don't last: A tale of corruption and crashes

Source Columbia Missourian on April 15, 2011 0 Comments
Newspaper Archives, Dorothy Carner, digital archives, RJI

Digital information has a short shelf life. All that news — especially those photos and articles that bypassed a print edition — aren’t safe. Software systems become obsolete. Files become corrupted. Hard drives become worn out.

How long is that photo of your trip to the beach safe on your CD? If you said 10 years, you’d probably be wrong.

Pictures of the Year International (POYI) Exhibit Opens April 22 at the Newseum

Source PR Newswire on April 12, 2011 0 Comments
Pictures of the Year International, POYi, Newseum, Rick Shaw

On April 22, 2011, the Newseum will open "Pictures of the Year," a new exhibit that showcases dramatic, award-winning images of the people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2010. The display features nearly 70 of the year's best news images from Pictures of the Year International, the oldest photojournalism contest in the world.

RJI's Mike McKean awarded $10,000 surprise

Source The Maneater on April 5, 2011 0 Comments
Mike McKean, Futures Lab, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Kemper Award

Chancellor Brady Deaton tapped professor Mike McKean on the shoulder Monday morning in the middle of his 10 a.m. capstone class with a pleasant surprise. Deaton and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz surprised him with the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and a $10,000 award.

Three MU faculty members receive Kemper Fellowship Awards

Source Columbia Missourian on April 4, 2011 0 Comments
Mike McKean, Futures Lab, RJI, Kemper Award

Three MU faculty members were left with smiles on their faces after a visit from Chancellor Brady Deaton on Monday.

2 make case for online access fees

Source Missouri Press News on April 1, 2011 0 Comments
Missouri Press Day, RJI, Reynolds Journalism Institute

If you have not had the chance to tour RJI, that’s a trip you should make. The building, the classrooms and meeting facilities are incredible. Someone described our meeting room as resembling the “bridge” on the Starship Enterprise on “Star Trek.”

Carnival roundup NO. 3: Driving innovation #JCARN

Source Carnival of Journalism on April 1, 2011 0 Comments
carnival of journalism, david cohn, reynolds journalism institute

The first four months of this "carnival" will discuss topics leading up to a conference at RJI organized by David Cohn and made possible by the Knight Foundation. After that - it'll be wide open for the participating bloggers to steer.

The value of theory in driving innovation in journalism

Source Reportr.net on March 31, 2011 0 Comments
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The challenge here isn’t a lack of new ‘innovative’ products; it is adopting what is often called a digital mindset.
This is the key to driving innovation, the focus of the latest round of the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Carnival of Journalism project.

"Carnival of Journalism #3: Improving the Reynolds Journalism Institute's Reynolds Fellows program"

Source NABJdigital Blog on March 31, 2011 0 Comments
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I’m going to tackle question two, because I think programs like the Reynolds Fellowship will be key in helping shape the ongoing innovation — and change — we’re seeing in the practice of journalism.

Why the New York Times' pay model is similar to NPR and Spot.Us

David Cohn, DigiDave, RJI fellow

From the launch of Spot.Us, I've always said the following:
Anyone can tackle the crowdfunded journalism model. In fact, NPR could do it tomorrow and blow me out of the water. It's just about being transparent and giving up control over how donation money gets spent.

How project Argo members communicate across time zones

Matt Thompson, Reynolds fellow, Context-centric News Websites

Project Argo is an ambitious undertaking. It involves networking NPR with 12 member stations spanning three time zones with a different mix of bloggers and editors at each station. The stations cover a variety of regionally focused, nationally resonant topics that range from climate change to local music.

Jennifer 8. Lee, Matt Thompson join CPI Board

Source Poynter on March 22, 2011 0 Comments
Matt Thompson, Reynolds Fellow, Context-centric News Websites

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Former New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee “thinks and works at the cutting edge of our digital 21st century journalism,” says Center for Public Integrity executive director William E. Buzenberg. NPR editorial product manager Matt Thompson “has been creating all-important community journalism for some time and I will very much value his insights and advice.” Both have served on Poynter’s National Advisory Board.