The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) engages journalism professionals, organizations, scholars and communities in programs, tools, resources and workshops aimed at strengthening community-centered journalism through practical innovation.

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with us on practical innovative projects for community-centered news. Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a training workshop/program or building resources for journalists. All fellowship projects are built and implemented within the span of the 8-month fellowship.

The final product of your fellowship must be a resource that journalists and newsrooms can utilize - whether it's a guide, toolkit, platform, workshop or tool. 

Read more about these fellowships.

Deadline: Feb 4, 2024

Questions? Contact Director of Innovation, Kat Duncan

This year’s residential fellowship is for an individual who wants to spend a year at RJI to create a resource to help newsrooms generate new sources of direct revenue.

The fellow will collaborate with RJI staff, students and faculty on-site at our institute in Columbia, Missouri. They will get a monthly stipend and have access to funding through the institute for project expenses. The end product will be a free, accessible and equitable resource that has been piloted across the country in community-centered newsrooms before the end of the fellowship.

Read more details here

Deadline: Feb 4, 2024

Questions? Contact Director of Innovation, Kat Duncan

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 lineup of session leaders and sessions is here. 

The 2024 WIJ Workshop will be April 12-14, 2024 at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

The below is an application to express your interested in attending. If you are accepted, we will send you a registration form. Students $50 (or free if you volunteer!), Professionals $75. We cannot give refunds if you decide not to attend, but you are welcome to save your registration for a future year or give it to another journalist who would like your spot.

Questions: Director of Innovation Kat Duncan 

The Reynolds Journalism Institute Innovation Team is accepting pitches for collaborators in building products, tools and resources for journalism.  

Have an idea that tackles a current need, gap or challenge in journalism? Do you believe in being completely transparent, whether you succeed or fail? Want to share, collaborate and be a part of building something together? 

We want to work with you! Not sure if your idea is a good fit? Set up a meeting with Will.

- As collaborators we share the work & the cost of the project, these are collaborations - not gifts or grants. 

- Collaborators get to access RJI resources + work with Mizzou students, staff and faculty.

- Our project manager keeps the project on track, within budget and sets it up for success. 

- End product should be a resource that is free, accessible and useful to journalists. 

-We welcome international partners, but the resource built through this collaboration needs to also be able to benefit local and community-centered newsrooms and journalists in the US. 

Read more.

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