RJI links 5/21/19

News and commentary of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs. Read the latest from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

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Can we drone without a phone? No. Here are some apps to make your drone journalism safer and better 1/8/19

RJI's director of aerial journalism says there is no magic bullet app that does everything. And technology isn't the sole answer to being a better drone journalist. But we're safer when we remember that we're pilots first and photographers second.

Here are the apps he recommends to help you get there.

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2019-20 RJI Fellowship application period open 12/17/18

RJI is looking to advance new products, services, ideas and storytelling techniques with funding, mentoring, testing and promotion. RJI offers three types of fellowships.

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RJI seeks newsroom partners for millennial-driven innovative projects 10/8/18

By Jennifer Nelson, senior information specialist, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is looking for media outlets interested in partnering with advanced students from the Missouri School of Journalism as part of its RJI Student Innovation Fellowship program. Fellows are embedded in a newsroom for a full semester to help with projects employing innovative technologies, storytelling techniques and revenue models.

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Infographics: Tips and tools 8/20/18


By Kat Duncan, Senior Video Editor, RJI

Infographic building is a skill that some of us just don't have. If you have the time, you could learn to use Adobe After Effects or if you have the budget, hire someone who is a pro. But if you're like us and had to dive in with no experience, here are a few tools that can help you create professional looking infographics.

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RJI Fellow will pilot text message distribution and engagement strategy to serve Latino immigrants 8/14/18


By Madeleine Bair, 2018-19 Reynolds Fellow

Where do you get news and information that's relevant to you?

That's what El Tímpano asked hundreds of Latino immigrants in Oakland, Calif., during an information needs assessment we conducted throughout the past year. We also asked community organizers, educators and church leaders how they share information with the residents, parents and congregants they work with.

Before piloting a reporting outlet to serve Oakland's Spanish-speaking immigrants, we wanted to hear from them first, rather than making any assumptions about what would be the best format to report about, with, and for this community. What we found, outlined in a report released last month, will inform the design of El Tímpano as a new local reporting platform.

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Open the Room project helps journalists and citizens broadcast on Facebook Live 7/18/17

This emerging technology will allow newspapers to cover more local meetings and events – even local sports – with better than acceptable video and audio quality at a much lower cost.

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Quick survey: What do you want to know about digital journalism, and how do you want to learn it? 6/20/17

By Linda Austin, project director of the Associated Press Media Editors' News Train and an RJI Fellow

If you want to get better at social media, data journalism, mobile video or other digital skills, please take this brief survey -- by June 27. You might even win $50.

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Who won? The personalization email newsletter study results are in 3/21/17


By Tracy Clark, founder of the technology platform Reportory and a 2015-2016 RJI Fellow

Over the past year, an RJI fellow partnered with the Austin American-Statesman to compare e-newsletter content chosen by the readers to e-newsletter content selected by an editor. See what the paper learned. Does increased personalization of news content result in more satisfied customers?

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How millennials interact with long-form journalism on mobile devices 8/8/16

By Jacqueline Marino, Susan Jacobson and Robert Gutsche Jr.

Three RJI Research Scholars spent the past year studying the effectiveness and sustainability of long-form digital journalism. This is the first in a five-part series based on 53 interviews with millennials to gauge this audience's reception to long-form journalism delivered on mobile platforms.

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