2013 Donald W. Reynolds Fellowships
The application period for the 2013–2014 Reynolds Fellowships is now closed.
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute offers an annual fellowship program for individuals who have innovative ideas to help nurture and grow their ideas, to build their expertise and the public’s knowledge in these areas and to improve the practice or understanding of journalism.
Because of the acute financial challenges to supporting quality journalism, we 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, but Reynolds fellows also work on projects that offer the hope of strengthening the journalism-democracy relationship.
Reynolds fellows spend a full academic year working with RJI to develop new knowledge and new possibilities to enhance the practice of journalism. We generally select between four and seven fellows each year.
An application period for new fellows for the following academic year beginning in fall usually begins in January and lasts for six weeks.
We offer two options:
The residential fellowship is designed for people inside and outside media industries who want to pursue solutions to journalism challenges or who have ideas that would explore new opportunities. Residential fellows spend eight months on the University of Missouri campus, taking advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the university while interacting with faculty and students.
Some resources available to residential fellows include: access to programmers and app developers; financial support to conduct market research; and hiring students to produce multimedia content.
Solutions, in the form of strategies, products or services, developed from these ideas would be shared with many news and news-related organizations.
The non-residential fellowship is designed for employees of a news, technology or related company who have ideas they can develop while continuing in their jobs. These ideas should provide a direct benefit to the fellows’ companies and have clear paths to implementation. In addition, successful ideas, products or strategies should serve as a model for the industry. Non-residential fellows do not need to live in Columbia, Mo., but need to make occasional visits to consult with RJI leadership and staff.