The Reynolds Journalism Institute is proud once again to recognize some of the outstanding work done by Missouri School of Journalism students and their colleagues in other MU programs that focus on emerging media technologies and innovative storytelling. We begin the showcase with teams from the RJI Student Competition who, this year, have been developing products and services that focus on the Apple Watch. After we announce the winners, we’ll continue with team projects involving virtual reality, social media, analytics, mobile app development and much more. 

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Fred W. Smith Forum 200, Reynolds Journalism Institute, 401 S. 9th St., Columbia, Missouri

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All presentations will take place in RJI's Fred W. Smith Forum 200. No registration required. 

Tuesday, May 3

9 a.m.


RJI Executive Director Randy Picht and Missouri School of Journalism Dean David Kurpius



9:05 a.m.

Introduction of judges, mentors and five finalist teams from RJI Student Competition

RJI Futures Lab Director Mike McKean

9:10 a.m.

Presentation by Team VuseFeed

Riley Beggin, Erin Fry, Daniel Levitt, Benjamin Liu, Josh O’Steen

9:18 a.m.

Presentation by Team Fit Geek

Olivia Apperson, Yuxiang Chen, Chris Gu, Chris Mathews, Teddy Ivanov

9:26 a.m.

Presentation by Team Recordly

John Gillis, Zolbayar Magsar, Anna Maikova, Yaryna Mykhyalyshyn, Sintia Radu

9:34 a.m.

Presentation by Team Tick Task

Michael Henke, Travis Henrichs, Samantha Huston, Mark Kaman, Ryan Steinberg

9:42 a.m.

Presentation by Team Maply

Bryan Hill, Dallas Hoelscher, Jeff Orr, Ryan Platt

9:50 a.m.

Announcement of the winning team, awarding of prizes

Associate Professor of Computer Science Dale Musser and Futures Lab Deputy Director Reuben Stern

10 a.m.




10:15 a.m.

360 video stories from the Emerging Media class

Zack Newman, Taylor Nakagawa, Adam Vogler

Mentor: Clyde Bentley

Virtual reality students use 360-degree cameras to document life at the University of Missouri. Their project focuses on pride-points for under-represented groups, resulting in videos on African-American “stepping,” international student cooking and a colorful worship service by Columbia residents from Africa.

10:30 a.m.

RYOT 360 video from the Convergence Capstone class

Jason Boatright, Caty Eisterhold, Ross Terrell

Mentor: Sarah Hill

Ryot is a new, advocacy-based news platform that incorporates virtual reality and mobile, first person, citizen journalism. The capstone team has worked on 360 video stories, including one on the Share the Harvest program for deer hunters in Missouri.

10:45 a.m.

United States of Mind

Kayla Hall, Max Dieter, Paul Lee

Mentors: Stacey Woelfel, Jim Flink and Brandon Butcher

This documentary is a work in progress that chronicles the physical and emotional journey of the producers, who’ve personally gone through bouts of depression, as they seek to find true happiness and share their discoveries with others.



11 a.m.

Newsy Snapchat

Ashton Day, Kamila Jambulatova, Allison Ladd, Maddie Ptacin

Mentor: Nathan Byrne

This convergence capstone team is creating, testing and measuring the impact on engagement of Newsy content specifically designed for Snapchat. They also plan to recommend ways Newsy might encourage Snapchat to offer the video news platform one of its coveted Discovery channels.

11:15 a.m.

Vox Snapchat

Laura Davis, Madelyn Maag, Mitch Sawyer

Mentors: Sara Shipley Hiles and Heather Lamb

Snapchat is changing the game and Vox Magazine has learned to adapt. The Vox Snapchat team has created exclusive event coverage and other fun extras.

11:30 a.m.

Deeper Analytics at the Missourian

Daniela Vidal, Natasha Brewer

Mentor: Elizabeth Conner Stephens

The Missourian is working with to gain a stronger understanding of how their audience is consuming their content. The newsroom is revamping how it uses its analytics reports. The data gathered from will improve the Missourian’s reporting and social media engagement.

11:45 a.m.

BBC Homepage Research

Danielle Dieterich, Jack Howard, Deme Walls

Mentor: Mark Hinojosa

This convergence capstone team is working closely with the BBC’s vice president for consumer digital and their lead homepage editor to test several potential changes in the global news provider’s regional editions aimed at driving more and better user engagement.


Lunch Break



1 p.m.

Intro to presentations from Mobile App Development class

Instructors Dale Musser and Reuben Stern

Six teams of computer science and journalism students have prototyped three apps for iOS.

Pet Sitting: This app gives pet owner peace of mind that each pet is actually being looked after properly by the pet-sitter. It also helps the pet-sitter do what is required and provides a record of how well the pet-sitter lived up to his or her responsibility.

Walking Journey: This app gives users a more interesting way to view their own step data (collected by the phone) by enabling them to plot their walking activity against more prominent trekking adventures.

Photo App for Journalists: This app enables reporters to better organize and prepare photos taken with an iPhone in the field for use by their news outlet. It helps them to organize the photos in useful ways; add captions and other metadata; and deliver the photo(s) and data to the newsroom quickly.

1:05 p.m.

Pet Sitting Team A, Furrlo

Megan Cochran, Philip Gilbreth, Robert May, Michael McLaughlin, Jack Patton, Allison Pierce, Benjamin Woolridge

1:13 p.m.

Walking Journey Team A, Odyssme

Thomas Hipchen, Gina Pintozzi, Reiker Seiffe, Michael Smith Jr., Seth Von Seggern, Kyle Whitney

1:21 p.m.

Photo App for Journalists Team A, Phlock

Jenna Baker, Cody Cameron, Jackson Chandler, Caroline O'Reilly, Matthew Regan, Brock Young

1:29 p.m.

Pet Sitting App Team B, ReTreat

Aziz Almeqrin, Alex Foster, Adam Gadbois, Erica Grado, Christopher King, Emma Schiermeier, Kelly Shunneson

1:35 p.m.

Walking Journey Team B, WorldTrekker

Erin Fry, Russell Hsu, Benjamin Seah, Devun Schmutzler, Weihan Wang, David Ziegler

1:43 p.m.

Photo App for Journalists Team B, Photo Taxi

Malcolm Bouchee, Danielle Dieterich, Allison Graves, Garrett Knox, James Landy, Courtney Walker, Shuya Zheng


2 p.m.

Intro to Projects

Instructor Joe Guilliams

Each year we invite students from the IT program’s capstone class to share some of their creations.

2:05 p.m.


Kayla Schmitt, Will Pierson, Jayme Becker, Kyle McCarthy

There are so many different beers today it is difficult to know them all or to try and figure out which one you like the most. Our application will allow a user to enter a number of profiles they like in their beer (bitterness, flavors, color, maltiness, aroma, etc.) and then the app will recommend brands that fit the users profile the best.

2:15 p.m.

Stock Stalk

Malcom Bouchee, Morgan Hutton, Xuan Liu, Devin Petersohn, Madelyn Petersohn, Zening Zhang

Currently there is no publicly available software that groups stocks together by price change patterns. Users need a way to find stocks that move together or independently to make more educated decisions about their investment choices.   Our application uses a complex algorithm to analyze stock patterns and group them.  

2:25 p.m.

Donate the Distance

Brooke Haile-Mariam, Lorenzo Boyice, Brendon Sexe

It’s hard to talk people into donating to a charity. Our application encourages people to give to various causes and provides entertainment in return for those donations.

2:35 p.m.

Social Agent

Justin Anderson, Greg Halligan, Corey Hughes, James Pace

Seemingly anything today can be deemed offensive. Individuals post things on social media that could cost them money, jobs and respect. Our solution provides social media users a trusted individual to review a proposed post before it’s actually seen publicly. The reviewer can deem it acceptable for posting, suggest it not be posted or suggest an edited version of the post.  

3 p.m.



3:15 p.m.

Race and Hunger Project

Ryan Williamson and Allison Graves

Mentors: Tom Warhover and Jeanne Abbott

How do journalists cover persistent issues such as hunger and race beyond the next crisis? These are critical but often unheeded topics that touch every community every day. The Journalism and Democracy capstone, working with the designers of RJI’s Guide to Reporting on Climate Adaptation, has developed a primer for journalists to find and report these stories, ones that are often hidden in plain sight.

3:30 p.m.

Three Broke Mice

Kara Tabor, Siyu Lei, Bita Eghbali

Mentors: Ryan Famuliner and Randy Smith

Business Beat’s new podcast, Three Broke Mice, is a show for and by millennials that explores money issues, economic topics and cultural phenomena. TBM is a joint project of KBIA and Missouri Business Alert.

3:45 p.m.

Vox/KBIA Film Reviews

Ryan Levi, Kamila Jambulatova

Mentors: Sara Shipley Hiles, Heather Lamb and Ryan Famuliner

KBIA and Vox Magazine teamed up to create eight multimedia film reviews ahead of the 2016 True/False Film Fest. The reviews were distributed to our audiences in audio, video and text form across numerous digital platforms and a 100,000 watt NPR member station. The project was part of KBIA's conversations with film directors.


4 p.m.

Founder of SafeTrek

Zach Winkler

FREE PIZZA for student attendees!

Zach is one of this year’s RJI Student Competition judges. He graduated from MU’s Computer Science program and was a member of two previous winning teams. He turned one of those winning entries into a company, SafeTrek, Inc. The campus safety app has been a big success. Zach recently moved the company from San Diego to St. Louis.

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

RJI Futures Lab Director Mike McKean


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