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.

How do I apply?

Apply below! You will be notified by email about interviews by November 15, 2021. 

What is a 2022 RJI Student Innovation Fellowship?

A Mizzou journalism student placed with a news organization to work 30-40 hours per week in a summer product fellowship. These fellowships are being sponsored by RJI’s Palmer Innovation Endowment fund. They must be focused on projects that create, extend or build upon product work in each newsroom.

What do the student fellows receive?

Each student fellow receives a $5,000 stipend if the internship is remote, $9,000 if the work is in person. Students will be expected to work for 30-40 hours a week for 12 weeks, starting mid-May and ending mid-August. 

Who are the summer 2022 partners?

These fellowships are designed for each student to work with a news partner on an innovative product idea of mutual interest, whether it is in a CMS, building a tool, creating a newsletter or other product centered ideas. Each student will be paired with a newsroom whose projects are a good fit for the student's skills and what they hope to learn. 

Do I qualify for a fellowship?

All current and soon to be recently graduated Missouri School of Journalism students are encouraged to apply.

Who supervises my work?

Each newsroom will be required to assign a mentor. Your mentor will give you regular feedback and provide guidance on your projects.

In addition, RJI’s Director of Innovation, Kat Duncan, will meet with you bi-weekly to make sure you are learning, supported and achieving your goals. 

And a News Product Alliance coach will also be providing training prior to the fellowship and a training session per a month throughout the summer.

What am I required to produce for RJI?

Each student’s work will be highlighted in RJI’s Innovation in Focus web series. Students will write about their work, interview journalism professionals and produce tip pieces to help other newsrooms implement or take advantage of the same product innovation they’re engaging in this summer.

How are the RJI Student Innovation Fellows chosen?

We will choose up to 10 finalists to interview before awarding the fellowships.

How do I apply?
Apply below. Application deadline is November 1, 2021. 


What is a 2022 RJI Student Innovation Fellowship?
A Mizzou journalism student placed with a news organization to work 30-40 hours per week in a summer product fellowship. These fellowships are being sponsored by RJI’s Palmer Innovation Endowment fund. They must be focused on projects that create, extend or build upon product work in each newsroom.


What do the student fellows receive?
Each student fellow receives a $5,000 stipend if the internship is remote, $9,000 if the work is in person. Students will be expected to work for 30-40 hours a week for 12 weeks, starting mid-May and ending mid-August. 


Is my newsroom eligible to be a summer 2022 partner?
Absolutely! These fellowships are designed for each student to work with a news partner on an innovative product idea of mutual interest, whether it is in the CMS, building a tool, creating a newsletter or other product centered ideas.


What are we as a newsroom required to contribute?
Each newsroom will be required to assign a mentor. The mentor will attend some of the product training conducted by the News Product Alliance alongside their student fellow. The mentor will be expected to give regular feedback to the student fellow, engage in teamwork with them and provide guidance on their projects. 

The Challenge

As journalists we elevate the stories of people in our communities, hold those in power accountable and connect our readers/viewers/listeners with each other. Despite that, we are not great at communicating what goes on behind the scenes to produce the journalism that we share with our communities every day.

So, this year’s challenge is to build something that will improve news literacy! Help people understand what journalists do and how we do it. What is our process from idea to publishing? What is newsworthy? What are the ethics for how and why we tell a story? What are interviews like? Create something that can help improve understanding and communication between journalists and their communities.

PART ONE:

Teams can create anything - low tech or high tech - a game, an app, an event, a partnership with a local news org - anything! Think creatively and figure out what works in your community to help build more understanding and trust into the public's relationship with journalism.

Create a plan for how you will 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 implementation. Enter your idea below by October 31, 2021.

Our selection committee will pick finalists from the submissions based on the strength of the planning, potential for success and creative out of the box thinking. Those ideas will then move to the next phase! 

PART TWO:

If selected as a finalist, your team will have a little over 3 months to implement your idea before creating a presentation detailing your pitch, implementation and the results for the judges. This presentation will be recorded by the RJI production team (in person or remotely) in March 2022. Our judges will then join us at the Reynolds Journalism Institute for competition weekend to watch each presentation, have a remote Q&A session with each team and be a part of our live awards ceremony when we announce the winners.

PRIZES

First place: $10,000

Second place: $2,500

Third place: $1,000

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • A team can be an individual or up to 4 people.
  • Teams cannot apply for additional funding from their school or other organizations for their idea until after the competition is complete. All teams will be given up to $500 by RJI for approved project materials during the implementation.
  • At least one person on each team must be a journalism or communication student.
  • Faculty from the student’s school can advise but cannot be involved in the implementation of the idea - students must do all of the actual work.
  • Final presentations must be in english and recorded by RJI. Each team will get to run through their presentation up to 3 times for recording, with a time limit of 10 minutes.
  • The competition is open to all college students attending school in the U.S. 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 through your university. We will require you to plan ahead and make the necessary arrangements with your university for us to transfer your potential winnings.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Projects will be judged on four main criteria:

1.) Idea: How did the team come up with the idea? Was it based on research, data or other factors to help guide the feasibility? 
2.) Implementation: Did the project get implemented, meet it’s milestones and overcome the hurdles it encountered?
3.) Measuring success: Did the project successfully increase news literacy? How did they measure impact and success?
4.) Reach: Is the idea something that is applicable across multiple communities or replicable for those that want to engage in a similar endeavor?

Questions? Director of Innovation, Kat Duncan Duncank@rjionline.org


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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. The 2022 sessions and session leaders are listed here

The 2022 workshop will be back in person!  Sessions start at 11am on Friday April 8, 2022 and end at 5:30pm Sunday April 10th, 2022. 

Questions: Director of Innovation Kat Duncan duncank@rjionline.org 

If you registered for the WIJ Workshop and need assistance with travel or housing, please apply for a scholarship below. The number of scholarships provided every year depends on sponsors, donations and other fiscal factors.  You will be notified by email if you receive a scholarship. 

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