Serving as a Donald W. Reynolds Fellow over the 2010-2011 academic year has helped the JA listen, learn and travel. This year has been the first year RJI’s Fellowship Program staff considered practitioners with “big ideas.” This Fellowship year has enriched the JA project with resources for the strategy and planning to:
- Vet forum requirements that connect local news and information producers.
- Generate original content covering areas news producers have identified as commonly shared (e.g. Patch, metrics, new media J-curriculum, net neutrality, revenue, etc.).
- Provide travel and food to fuel 1:1 conversations, interviews and informal gatherings to learn from news practitioners how they see their local news and information landscape with great thinking around issues and opportunities.
- Gain guidance from the Osder group, which is working with JA to up the game and refine the service model and feature set.