The Reynolds Journalism Institute tests and demonstrates new technologies, experiments with new approaches to producing, designing and delivering news, information and advertising, and hosts conferences and workshops for the journalism industry. RJI’s work crosses diverse specialties within journalism, including media convergence, editorial content and methods, the evolution of advertising, innovation in management and the impact of new technologies. It also partners varied schools on campus such as law, computer science, marketing, education and other disciplines.
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with us on innovative projects that strengthen journalism's future.
Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a prototype or advancing a prototype so it’s ready for investment or launch. All projects will be built and implemented in a newsroom within the span of the 8 month fellowship.
Whatever your idea, its benefits should be able to extend to other news organizations and the people who depend on them. You will publish regular updates at rjionline.org to share what you're learning and how it could benefit news organizations. At the end of your fellowship, you will publish the results and lessons learned from the implementation of your project after it has been tested or utilized in a newsroom.
RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and news organizations as well as international news outlets. We also welcome proposals from international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news, technology and civil society organizations.
Deadline: December 18, 2020
Questions? Contact Kat Duncan firstname.lastname@example.org
Reynolds Journalism Institute's 2021 Student Innovation Competition
News organizations are struggling nationwide for many reasons. Whether it’s that subscriptions have dropped, trust is low or corporations are buying them and chopping them down to their bones - no one problem is the cause of current struggles, nor will one solution be the saving grace. One unfortunate result of the challenging environment: newsrooms are finding it harder to stay connected to their audiences and communities. We want to help news organizations find new methods of engaging with their readers and viewers. Research regularly shows that news organizations are critical to the vitality of the communities they serve and critical to all aspects of democracy. So, this year’s challenge is a two parter:
Research a local news organization and come up with a new way for them to engage with their community. The outlet can be any type - TV, radio, newspaper, non-profit, weekly, online only, monthly, etc. And your engagement idea can be anything! Be creative and think outside the usual avenues for that outlet, brainstorm with them to see what they’d be interested in trying with you.
Create a plan on how you would work with them to implement your idea over a three-month period. You will need to detail the necessary steps, milestones and how you plan to measure success at the end of your three months. Submit this idea below by October 31, 2020.
If you need help finding a news organization to pair with please email Director of Innovation, Kat Duncan Duncank@rjionline.org before September 10th and she will help you reach out to possible partners.
Our selection committee will pick finalists from the submissions based on the strength of planning, potential for success and creative out of the box thinking. Those ideas will then move to the next phase.
If selected as a finalist, you will have 3 months to implement your idea with the news outlet before creating a google presentation detailing the idea, the implementation and results. Your team will present on Zoom in front of a panel of judges and the public on February 26th, 2021.
First place: $10,000
Second place: $2,500
Third place: $1,000
Part 1 ideas must be submitted through the form below by October 31, 2020 to be considered. Late ideas will not be considered, no matter how amazing they are.
If your team is chosen as a finalist you will be notified by November 13, 2020 giving you ample time to implement your idea before presenting.
- A team can be an individual or up to 4 people.
- At least one person on each team must be a journalism or communication student.
- Presentations must be in English.
- The competition is open to all U.S. undergraduate and graduate college students. All team members will need to verify their enrollment status if chosen as a finalist.
- If you are here on a student visa, please note that your winnings will probably have to be distributed as a scholarship. We will require you to plan ahead and make the necessary arrangements with your university or college for us to transfer your potential winnings.
JUDGING CRITERIA & TIMELINE
Projects will be judged on four main criteria:
- Idea: Did the team look at the history, audience and abilities of the news organization they partnered with to create a new, innovative idea to help them connect with their community?
- Implementation: Was the pilot implementation successfully launched? What was learned from the results? What would next steps be for the idea?
- Engagement: Did the project actually help the news organization engage with people in their community and how well?
- Reach: Is this idea something that could be implemented at other news organizations and be successful in aiding them too?
Questions? Director of Innovation, Kat Duncan Duncank@rjionline.org
The Women in Journalism Workshop is an annual workshop that focuses on challenges, accomplishments and issues specific to women in the journalism industry today. We want to help build safer, more diverse and innovative newsrooms to serve our communities worldwide.
You will learn how to innovate the way you cover stories, the management of newsrooms & teams and be trained in emerging skills and tools. Sessions this year will include how-to of data journalism, HEAT training, self-care and more!
2021 will be fully remote so we have lowered the registration fees! And we will be mailing you a swag bag ahead of the workshop so you can show your WIJ spirit during sessions.
No refunds, it would be too difficult on our fiscal people on top of everything else that is going on - but attendees can give their spot to a friend and have that friend pay them if they end up not being able to attend.
Questions: contact Director of Innovation Kat Duncan email@example.com