RJI links 2/11/19

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


Connecting the dots: Engaged journalism, trust, revenue and civic engagement 2/5/19

Across the news industry, organizations large and small, commercial and nonprofit, single issue and daily news are experimenting with "engagement." Audience engagement. Engaged journalism. Engagement editors and specialists. Engaging for trust. And the list goes on. But what is engagement? Why are organizations experimenting with it, and to what effect?

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Refurbished newspaper machines get new lives as libraries for Children's patients 1/22/19

Former newspaper machines are now putting the written word in the hands of a new generation of readers, thanks to the efforts of John Moak Scarbrough of Jackson.

This past summer, the Jackson Academy freshman began working on a community service project, a requirement for Eagle Scout hopefuls. He wanted to work on a project that would last and have a real impact on his community. His family's support of Friends of Children's Hospital - father John Scarbrough is treasurer for the nonprofit - brought him to tour Batson Children's Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to look for ways to help.

Fast forward to December, and John Moak and his Eagle Scout father were delivering six newspaper vending machines, donated by The Clarion-Ledger, that they had refurbished into Little Free Libraries.

The machines, now coated with a shiny new paint job, don't require coins, and their doors no longer have springs, so little fingers won't get pinched. They're being placed around the children's hospital's outpatient waiting areas, including the lobby, Eli Manning Clinics for Children, the Center for Maternal and Fetal Care, the neonatal intensive care unit waiting area, pediatric X-ray and Children's Rehabilitative Services.

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Announced today by Facebook: Doing more to support local news 1/15/19

Over the next three years, we will invest $300 million in news programs, partnerships and content.

We are also expanding our Accelerator pilot, which launched in the United States in 2018 to help local newsrooms with subscription and membership models. This year, we'll commit over $20 million to continue the local Accelerator in the United States and to expand the model globally, including in Europe.

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Interior Department's response to a FOIA backlog: Tighten access to records 1/8/19

Journalists who regularly use the Freedom of Information Act to get documents about how federal environmental laws are enforced may soon find records harder, and more expensive, to obtain.

Newly proposed regulations would allow the Interior Department to enforce caps on how many requests it will process from frequent FOIA users, make it more difficult for news organizations to justify having their FOIA fees waived, and relax internal deadlines for the agency to act on requests.

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McClatchy to centralize design jobs in North Carolina 12/18/18

Sacramento-based newspaper publisher McClatchy will consolidate the design and copy editing functions of its 30 newspapers across the country into a central hub in Charlotte, N.C.

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How to understand different reader types and drive each type to subscribe 12/11/18

The path from a casual reader to a paying subscriber isn't a short one, but by understanding how audiences get from one place to another, publishers can begin to devise strategies to get more readers to complete that journey.

A recent study published by the American Press Institute as part of The Media Insight Project surveyed audiences and found nine distinct reader types.

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More women in newsrooms are changing the conversation and reshaping the news 12/11/18

When New York Times investigative reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, along with the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow, told the world about Harvey Weinstein's chronic sexual harassment history and abuses of power as a Hollywood producer, it ignited a movement called #MeToo that inspired people to speak out and stand up against the cultures of harassment in the workplace that had been overlooked for years.

Organizations outside of the entertainment industry became introspective about their own workplace cultures, where some found that the same problems existed within their own walls. Reported instances in the fashion, government, business and agriculture industries showed that discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage and gender parity were issues women dealt with regularly.

The spotlight even found its way to the media industry, where it was discovered that the very industry reporting on sexual harassment was also experiencing the same harmful behaviors and sweeping them under the rug. Among them were NBC News' Matt Lauer, CBS CEO Les Mooves and New York Times' Glenn Thrush, who all allegedly displayed inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.

A female journalist E&P spoke with for this story painted a powerful illustration of how unnerving it can be to report an incident: When she approached one of her male co-workers for advice on how to handle a sexual harassment issue, she was rebuffed.

"You don't want to be that girl, do you?" her male co-worker asked.

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Alert! Alert! The information demands on the modern digital journalist are overwhelming and leading to burnout 12/4/18

Journalists are overwhelmed by the information they process in their working day and want to explore solutions with third-party providers and management to make it more manageable. That’s the finding of a nine-month project involving discussions across the industry and a revealing in-depth survey.

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Newseum opens new installation about Capital Gazette shooting 11/27/18

The Newseum in Washington D.C. has a new installation about the attack that killed five staff members at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis in June.

"Behind the News: A Deadly Attack on a Community Newspaper" looks at the risks journalists face in an increasingly hostile climate for the press.

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