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They call it pack journalism. Hordes of reporters chase the same story — in the same way — while other developments go uncovered. 

That’s the challenge that Lee’s Summit High School graduate Chris Mitchell tried to solve with two other students at the University of Missouri. They created an app called Informator, which took the grand prize at the 10th annual RJI Student Competition at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

For the competition, MU students from various disciplines collaborated to design a program or app using newer technology.

For the 2017 competition, teams were given the challenge of “building mobile applications of artificial intelligence to address journalistic problems and opportunities,” according to Mike McKean, competition mentor and associate director of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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