2014 Donald W. Reynolds Fellowships

2014 Donald W. Reynolds Fellowships

Deadline: February 15, 2014

The Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions with innovative ideas to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. Because of the ongoing financial challenges to sustain quality journalism, they are particularly interested in ideas on how to connect citizens with news and advertising more efficiently, to grow revenues, to engage communities or to ensure that the industry is taking full advantage of new and emerging technologies. Any proposals that offer the hope of strengthening the journalism-democracy relationship are welcome.


They are three fellowship options:

1. RJI Residential Fellow

Designed for persons, inside and outside media industries, who want to pursue solutions to journalism problems or who have an idea that would explore new opportunities. Residential fellows spend eight months on campus at the Missouri School of Journalism, taking advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the school and interacting with Missouri faculty and students.

Solutions, in the form of strategies, products or services, developed from these ideas would be shared with many news and news-related organizations. You must reside in Columbia for the duration of this fellowship.

WHO: Anyone above the age of 18
WHEN: Sept. 1, 2014
HOW LONG: 8 months (two academic semesters)
HOW MUCH: Fellows receive a $10,000 a month stipend and a one-time $10,000 allowance to use for relocation or housing.

2. RJI Non-residential Fellow

Designed for entrepreneurial individuals with a strong interest in journalism and issues related to digital communications. Your fellowship can be about something you are interested in pursuing on your own or something that could benefit a current employer. Successful ideas, products or strategies should serve as a model for the news industry or help the industry get smarter, faster, nimbler.

You do not need to live in Columbia, Mo., but will need to make occasional visits to consult with RJI leadership and staff.

WHO: Anyone above the age of 18
WHEN: Starting date is negotiable
HOW LONG: 8 months
HOW MUCH: Fellows receive a $20,000 stipend, payable monthly for eight months at $2,500/month, plus some research and travel support

3. RJI Institutional Fellow

Designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas inside newsrooms, ad departments, board rooms, break rooms, etc., that for various reasons can’t get any traction. RJI will work with a leader at a company or institution who will identify an employee who can develop an idea or lead a team that could do it. The employee will be named an RJI fellow but will continue working at his or her job.

The stipend for this fellowship will be paid to the company or institution to be used to for salary relief for the part-time fellow, or for another purpose that the company or institution determines will best ensure the success of the fellowship project.

WHO: Managers and executives from institutions or companies
WHEN: Starting date is negotiable
HOW LONG: 8 months
HOW MUCH: $20,000 payable to the company or institution, in four $5,000 payments

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