Each spring, the Reynolds Journalism Institute profiles the entrepreneurial efforts of students working on RJI initiatives and other class projects at the Missouri School of Journalism and for University of Missouri partners such as the Information Science and Architectural Studies programs. Follow us @rji, #rjitech.Location: Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Recorded sessions


Schedule (CDT)

9 a.m.  Introductions by RJI Executive Director Randy Picht and Futures Lab Director Mike McKean

9:10 a.m. Presentations by the finalists in the 2015 RJI Student Competition

Teams from the journalism school and computer science department have developed products designed to bring new audiences to public media and enhance the PMP, a digital platform for discovering and distributing the work of NPR, PBS, American Public Media, Public Radio International, PRX and local public media outlets. Final judging takes place April 21.

9:10 a.m.  Turnip

Members: Tatiana Darie, Olga Dorovskykh, Sean Lander, Mike Phinney and Abhi Shah

9:20 a.m.  Delve

Members: Tatiana Alexenko, Natasha Brewer, Kara Tabor and Thomas Weidmaier

9:30 a.m.  SoundStir

Members: Alix Carruth, Kristofferson Culmer, Rachel Koehn, Manav Singhal and Son Nguyen

9:40 a.m.   Story Grove

Members: Brittany Crocker, Bao Deng, Jen Prohov, Lingxue Wu and Emmanuel Pottipadu

9:50 a.m.   Announcing the 2015 RJI Student Competition winners and the challenge for next year’s contest. 

PMP Executive Director Kristin Calhoun, Futures Lab Deputy Director Reuben Stern

10 a.m. Break10:15 a.m.  3-D Journalism

Students from journalism and architectural studies are helping University of Missouri Associate Professor Bimal Balakrishnan, a 2015 RJI Fellow, produce examples, insights and a user guide for journalists looking to employ 3-D technology in their newsrooms.

Members: James Hopfenblatt, Michael Lam, Lakshna Mehta, Ehsan Naderi, Lizzie Tontz and George Varney

10:30 a.m. Mizzou Made

This convergence capstone team is working with RJI lead developer Tyten Teegarden to build a mobile app for University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel’s Mizzou Made program.  It will launch in July at SEC Media Day. Members: Aubrey Leiter, Sam Richmond and Brandon Weiss

10:45 a.m.  Here Say

A convergence capstone team has created and published Here Say, a KBIA project in community storytelling on-air and online. They travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. Members: Abigail Keel, Hope Kirwan and Torie Ross

11 a.m. Crime Tracker

The Columbia Missourian’s Crime Tracker Web app allows you to browse a database of local crimes and have an in-depth look at what happened, where it happened and when. Developer and presenter: Roman Kolgushev

11:15 a.m. Interactive election map

This Missourian data visualization project allowed users to pick 2014 general election races, roll over an interactive map and explore data on those races from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. Members: James Gordon, Travis Hartman and Roman Kolgushev

11:30 a.m. Drones and phones in Costa Rica

Science and agricultural journalism students used drones and iPhones to train firefighters and tell stories from the Costa Rican rainforest. Members: Paige Blankenbuehler, Natalie Helms and Justin Stewart

Noon  Lunch

1:30 p.m.  YardStock

IT and journalism students in the mobile application development class are building Yardstock, an app that serves livestock auction reports and news to mobile devices. Members: Daniel Brugmann, Jordan Gardner, Megan Ritchey and Randall Schilling

1:45 p.m. Aeffect: News for Your Mood

This team from the app dev class is producing Aeffect, an app that matches the emotional content of news stories with the preferences of users. Members: Hang Cui, Josh Osteen, Jonathan Velasquez and Lawrence Williams

2 p.m. Gistory

A team of University of Missouri students has launched their own internet startup. Gistory uses an interactive world map to display complete, concise and contextual news briefs — in other words, the “gist” of a news “story.” Members: Zahra Rasool, Caroline Bauman, Nassim Benchaabane, Bryan Bumgardner, Femi Odugbesan, Nick Strope, Aleks Sverdlovs, Avery Wagner, Sam Whitney, Katie Yaeger

2:15 p.m.  Campus Tours Through Virtual Reality Simulation

University Virtualization (UniVirt) is a software program that will enable users to take a virtual tour of the Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri.  It is designed to change the way people visit universities. Members: Michael McLerran, Kyle Morrison, Benjamin Riemann, Timothy Watson and Tyler Weis

2:30 p.m. Restaurant Recommendations

While there are many restaurant finding applications on the market, they require users to input details about their tastes and preferences. This system will gather its data through sensors, such as GPS and only require interaction when it is absolutely necessary. Members: Connor Knabe, Paul Stypula, Jacqueline Trahan and Seth Wiesman

3 p.m.  Break

3:15 p.m. Vox success stories

 Members: Atiya Abbas, Bryan Bumgardner, Jenna Fear and Carson Kohler

  • Vox on social media -- There's a right way and a wrong way for publications to use social media.  Vox social gurus share some of our success stories, including Renz prison, the Antlers and CoMo cups.

Members: Christine Jackson and Dan Roe 

  • Vox’s new website -- Publication websites are in a state of constant development.  Vox students took a leadership role in the relaunch of Vox's spiffy new site last summer. 

Members: Laura Heck and Justin Paprocki

3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks: Mike McKean


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