The Donald W. Reynolds Fellowship program provides an exciting opportunity to pursue your innovative ideas, test them with real-world experiments, use applied research to assess their effectiveness, and deliver solutions that citizens and journalists can put to use in their own communities.
RJI seeks proposals for the eight-month Fellowship that will shape the future of journalism using the latest in technology and innovation. Applicants should explain how they plan to use the unique resources available at RJI and the University of Missouri as well as their own networks to apply their work to the industry.
Proposal: Your proposal will be judged by its quality and its potential for real-world impact. The proposal should describe how technology, research and experimentation opportunities at RJI and the Missouri School of Journalism will enhance your work. The proposal should contain a coherent plan, timeline and budget for the project. The technology, travel, and research support needed should also be outlined. Resume: Focus on your accomplishments, achievements and experience as they pertain to the project proposal. Demonstrate how these prepare you to succeed at your project.
The Reynolds Fellowship is open to anyone who has an idea that can make a direct impact for the practice of journalism. We are looking for professionals who have accomplished major achievements but are also still able to advance democracy once they leave RJI. The applicant should have a wide range of skills and experience, which may or may not be tied directly to journalism.
Goal of the Fellowship
The fellowship program is focused on innovation and problem-solving aimed at improving the practice and understanding of journalism. Each fellow is expected to produce a major
Key Considerations for Fellows

  • Will you be able to spend the full eight months of the Fellowship (late August through late April) in residence at the University of Missouri?
  • What concrete deliverables will you produce by the end of your Fellowship?
  • What concrete impact on the practice of journalism do you expect your work to achieve?
  • What resources do you need to support the work of your Fellowship? See resource list below.
  • How does your project meet or address the Vision and Mission of RJI?
  • Address the feasibility of your project.
  • Explain how your project is scalable.
  • What is the revenue potential of your project?

How to apply: Email your proposal and resume to RJI Executive Director Roger Gafke at [email protected], or mail to Suite 300, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Columbia, MO 65211.
Deadline: January 31, 2012. RJI will notify applicants by March 15, 2012.
For more information, and to apply, click here.