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An investment pays off for RJI — and the news industry | RJI

An investment pays off for RJI — and the news industry | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
Relay Media, a Silicon Valley-based startup that received $75,000 from RJI in 2016, was purchased by Google for an undisclosed amount. Two of the company’s three founders also got jobs at the search-engine giant as part of the deal.
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How this local news co-op gets its members interested: Getting them involved in the production of news

How this local news co-op gets its members interested: Getting them involved in the production of news | RJI links | Scoop.it
The Bristol Cable now has a solid stable of members who can be involved in every stage — from pitching story ideas to assisting in investigations to delivering the quarterly print paper.
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Journalist develops 'Push' open source mobile app for small news organizations

Journalist develops 'Push' open source mobile app for small news organizations | RJI links | Scoop.it
Developer and journalist Christopher Guess set out to solve some of the bigger mobile distribution problems of small, online publications.
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Follow RJI Fellow Christopher Guess' work during his 2017-2018 fellowship at the Missouri School of Journalism. https://goo.gl/wHt7Kv

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Local online news sites talk membership programs as key new revenue source

Local online news sites talk membership programs as key new revenue source | RJI links | Scoop.it
To build a paid reader membership program, publishers need to establish a relationship with their audience, grow the number of subscriptions, and -- most importantly -- take the leap and ask for money, News Revenue Hub chief Mary Walter-Brown said Oct. 28 at the 2017 LION Summit in Chicago, the country's largest gathering of local independent online news organizations.
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Hack the Radio, a French startup, aims to liberate podcasts by streaming audio from a chatbot

Hack the Radio, a French startup, aims to liberate podcasts by streaming audio from a chatbot | RJI links | Scoop.it
"If audio isn't easily made viral, maybe it can be something else as strong."
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Advanced Real-Time Analytics Will Get You the Answers That Google Analytics Can't

Advanced Real-Time Analytics Will Get You the Answers That Google Analytics Can't | RJI links | Scoop.it
Google Analytics can give you snapshots of the past, but marketers today need real-time analytics data and insights that can drive business decisions. See how behavioral analytics works.
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More Americans are turning to multiple social media sites for news

More Americans are turning to multiple social media sites for news | RJI links | Scoop.it
About a quarter of all U.S. adults get news from two or more social media sites, up from 15% in 2013 and 18% in 2016.
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Is local news on the cusp of a renaissance? – Thoughts On Journalism 

Is local news on the cusp of a renaissance? – Thoughts On Journalism  | RJI links | Scoop.it
It’s not an easy time to be a journalist in the United States. Since 2000, nearly half of newsroom jobs — more than 20,000 of them — have disappeared. Rubbing salt into the wounds, CareerCast named…
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Risto Degerman's curator insight, November 9, 1:09 PM
Paikallisuutisten tekijöiden ongelmana on ollut ja on edelleen ammatillisen arvostuksen puute. Valitettavan harva journalisti haluaa pysyä paikallisena ja katseet suuntautuvatkin yhä useammin, siihen, että saavutettaisin "laaja yleisö" joka käytännössä tarkoittaa pyrkimystä saada jutuille.
Tarinoille ja kuville mahdolllisimman laaja valtakunnallinen julkisuus. Paikallisen tai pientä yleisöä kinnostavan sijasta yleisöltä hamutaan mahdollisimman paljon klikkauksia tai Facebook jakoja. Se taas johtaa siihen, että yhä enemmän ja enemmän paikallisesti tärkeitä "peräkylän uutisia" tai "käpykylien ihmisiä" käsitellään vain, jos niistä onnistutaan muokkaamaan "yleinen ilmiö" "kiinnostava kuriositeetti" tai "sydämiä koskettavia kokemuksia"...

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Longer content isn’t wearing audiences out — and they may even be hungry for more, two studies find

Longer content isn’t wearing audiences out — and they may even be hungry for more, two studies find | RJI links | Scoop.it
Audiences are engaging more with longer videos, and you shouldn't think of all of the "bounces" that show up in your Google Analytics as bad visits. That's according to two new studies on video and social traffic out today.

Audience tracker Parse.ly and social video builder Wochit both…
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Americans Spend More Time Accessing News Via Social Media, Trust It Less

Americans Spend More Time Accessing News Via Social Media, Trust It Less | RJI links | Scoop.it
Americans Spend More Time Accessing News Via Social Media, Trust It Less - 10/31/2017
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RiskMiner: An app for agribusiness | RJI

Pam Dempsey and Brant Houston speak about their 2017-2018 RJI fellowship project, RiskMiner.
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More trust + more collaboration = more revenue | RJI

More trust + more collaboration = more revenue | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
Revenue generation can be a complex landscape for digital publishers, especially those in small operations.
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“Instagram for data”: Grafiti wants to make it easier to create and share data visualizations on smartphones

“Instagram for data”: Grafiti wants to make it easier to create and share data visualizations on smartphones | RJI links | Scoop.it
"These days we have all these conversations about policy and immigration where data comes up, and it's amazing how much plain text is still used to explain these ideas."
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The risk of billionaire-funded media, the importance of archiving, and other takeaways from the demise of DNAInfo and Gothamist

The risk of billionaire-funded media, the importance of archiving, and other takeaways from the demise of DNAInfo and Gothamist | RJI links | Scoop.it
Signs that the sites' owner Joe Ricketts didn’t hold journalistic independence sacrosanct came soon after DNAinfo acquired Gothamist LLC, which promptly deleted at least five stories since 2010 about its new owner.
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Yet another warning sign about archiving digital information. Check out Dodging the Memory Hole 2017 https://goo.gl/HBcXpP and RJI's Journalism Digital News Archive initiative https://www.rjionline.org/jdna 

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A 'small-batch digital magazine' fills a local news hole in Texas 

A 'small-batch digital magazine' fills a local news hole in Texas  | RJI links | Scoop.it
Tasneem Raja is the driving force behind The Tyler Loop, a news magazine out of deeply red East Texas, and she explains it best: "We're a new ‘small batch’ digital magazine for Tylerites who want to better understand our beautiful, complicated, evolving city. We'll be posting a few meticulously crafted stories each month. Sign up for our newsletter below and never miss a story!"
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Foundation reps outline vision for supporting local journalism organizations

Foundation reps outline vision for supporting local journalism organizations | RJI links | Scoop.it
For many local journalism publishers, foundation funding seems like the Holy Grail – if you can get it, it will solve all of your revenue problems.

But is that true?
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With its new podcast network Jetty, Al Jazeera will use Facebook Watch to rope in new listeners

With its new podcast network Jetty, Al Jazeera will use Facebook Watch to rope in new listeners | RJI links | Scoop.it
"We should get into the habit of thinking about audience in terms of customer relationship management and building communities around our shows' audiences, versus just monetizing them."
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CNN Plans to Offer Subscriptions for Digital News Next Year

CNN plans to launch subscription offerings for its digital news business next year, part of a broader five-year plan to develop new revenue streams and reach $1 billion in digital revenue by 2022.
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In the hunt for consumer revenue, publishers are hiring e-commerce marketing veterans

The New York Times, Conde Nast and Time Inc. have hired talent from e-commerce and retail companies for their consumer marketing skills.
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'It's new territory': The NY Times eyes expansion of its service journalism

'It's new territory': The NY Times eyes expansion of its service journalism | RJI links | Scoop.it
The Times seeks to nearly double the interactive guides it publishes next year, extending them to business, climate and other desks.
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"The New York Times is famous for its Pulitzer-winning news coverage, but it’s the how-to pieces that are among the best performers when it comes to signing up new subscribers."

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In the hunt for reader revenue, publishers give micropayments another look 

In the hunt for reader revenue, publishers give micropayments another look  | RJI links | Scoop.it
The "iTunes for news" model hasn't taken off, but micropayments are helping publishers find potential subscribers.
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The 7 Kinds of Data Visualization People – Visualizing, The Field

The 7 Kinds of Data Visualization People – Visualizing, The Field | RJI links | Scoop.it
Data visualization practitioners are a motley group, and while no two may look exactly alike, they all fall into one of 7 distinct categories. You think everyone who does interesting data…
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Turns out the flyby reader is more valuable than often thought 

Turns out the flyby reader is more valuable than often thought  | RJI links | Scoop.it
Research by digital analytics firm Parsely found that two-thirds of readers who "bounce" after one article may be more valuable than they’re given credit for.
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"... there’s a case for short visits. Some sites are utility-based and designed for short stays, so a high bounce rate could also indicate the visitor got what they wanted."

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How four media organizations are using events to raise revenue, engage audiences | RJI

How four media organizations are using events to raise revenue, engage audiences | RJI | RJI links | Scoop.it
Producing events is one opportunity for news outlets to generate additional revenue and build relationships with audiences. A panel of news and advertising executives spoke about their local events during Revenue Models That Work.
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