How to launch an Info District
RJI fellow publishes practical guide to new model for funding community journalism.
A revenue reminder to start the summer
This summer, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Innovation in Focus web series will take a look at the startup and growing pains of a handful of news organizations’ new efforts to raise revenue. Those efforts range from membership models and retooling ownership to new ventures and crowdfunding efforts. The Innovation in Focus summer revenue … Continued
Rural teens seek (but rarely find) themselves in local news coverage
Gedron final reportDownload There is a heightened interest in what goes on in the heads and hearts of modern teenagers — dubbed “Generation Z” (Gen Z) — particularly by legacy media. But teenagers from rural communities, especially in the Midwest, are not often factored into mainstream Gen Z coverage. This can be attributed to a … Continued
Team tasked with solving The Associated Press challenge wins business journalism competition
A University of Missouri team tasked with increasing awareness, bringing in more customers and monetizing the health and science vertical at The Associated Press won the 10th annual Entrepreneurship and Media of the Future Symposium competition. The competition brought together graduate students from the Missouri School of Journalism and Trulaske College of Business to tackle … Continued
Embrace your constraints: How to build better products by accepting what you can’t change
The RJI Futures Lab is creating a new tool to help reporters who cover live events save time and effort on deadline. TweetsToText is a Twitter bot that transforms live event tweets into a plain text file, saving time on copying and pasting tweets for an article post-event. The tool was built for journalists who … Continued
Where media meets tech
Alisa Cromer started her newspaper career, in the early 1980s, in Las Vegas, home of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the flagship paper of the Donrey Media empire, founded by Donald W. Reynolds. “I met old man Reynolds,” Cromer says, and she cut her teeth learning how to compete against him. She ran a small business publication; … Continued
Development challenge focuses on ‘Better news for the smart home’
Non-MU students must participate in hackathon to be eligible for 2018-19 RJI Student Competition.
RJI Fellow proposes news model funded and directed by the community
Fellowship to ‘set the stage’ to pilot information districts
Student teams at CDIG competition offer real-world industry solutions
Winning team offers practical solutions to address newspaper’s budget shortfall.
12 tips for ‘Pitching like a pro’ from ‘Shark Tank’ contestant Melissa Gersin
When asked how she might improve or change her pitch to “Shark Tank” investors, entrepreneur Melissa Gersin says, “I probably wouldn’t change anything.” She says she feels this way because she went into the pitch well prepared and confident. In fact, the pitch felt easy because of all the prep work, she says. Hours of … Continued