The Tyler Loop: Growing membership with events and newsletters 7/29/19

By Ebony Reed, director of innovation and the RJI Futures Lab

In a small town with slightly more than 100,000 people, known for its annual rose festival, news site The Tyler Loop is growing a membership model with events and a newsletter to collaborate, not compete with, other local news organizations.

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Video as revenue: Start with listening 7/15/19

Alabama Media Group launched Red Clay Media in 2017 as a video-driven revenue stream. It began with videos created in the newsroom that inspired engagement from their readers. Today it is a thriving video arm with three distinct brands that focus on feel good, inspirational and comedic southern content.

Kat Duncan spoke with Elizabeth Hoekenga Whitmire, senior director of audience development for Alabama Media Group and Red Clay Media, to learn more about how they've conquered what many newsrooms are still struggling with – making money with video content.

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Backing local news, building trust, innovating solutions 4/9/19

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute has awarded seven fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year with projects to improve gun violence reporting, expand solutions-based journalism by local TV stations, help large and small newsrooms get the most out of push notifications, customize audio documentaries through voice commands, measure the community impact of online stories and preserve digital content that's being lost.

"The institute is focusing on how to improve business prospects for community news, make practical use of new technologies and re-gain the public's trust," said RJI Executive Director Randy Picht. "Our new group of fellows addresses each of these missions with thoughtful and innovative proposals."

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A Trusting News analysis: What news consumers say they trust 4/9/19

By Joy Mayer

Fundamentally, news consumers trust journalism that they find to be balanced, in-depth, honest and reputable.

Those qualities appeared over and over in an analysis of 81 in-depth interviews our newsroom partners conducted with members of their communities. And when asked directly about what defines quality journalism, they were at the top of the list.

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Free infographics tools and innovation rain forests 8/29/13

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

In this week's Futures Lab update, the Reynolds Journalism Institute examines four free tools for creating online infographics, and shows how a lush environment packed with multiple species leads to more innovation.

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SNPA welcomes new members, including first digital-only member 8/29/13

During last Friday's SNPA board meeting in Richmond, new members were approved: our first digital-only member, an individual member, and nine new research and development partners.

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Multimedia story tools and lessons from a journalism fellowship 8/21/13

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

In this week's Futures Lab update, the Reynolds Journalism Institute looks at five online tools for creating multimedia stories, and shares lessons in innovative thinking from two former journalism fellows.

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Comments via ReadrBoard and success at the Deseret News 8/15/13

By the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

In this week's Futures Lab update, the Reynolds Journalism Institute explores an online tool that organizes reader comments, and RJI looks at how the Deseret News is finding success with a two-pronged strategy.

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Best Twitter practices for journalists 6/17/13

By Alecia Swasy and David Wolfgang

To help newsrooms develop their social media strategies, the Reynolds Journalism Institute has compiled a "Twitter Best Practices Guide," based on interviews, scholarly research and Twitter's own tips for journalists.

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