Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Newsy President Jim Spencer

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recognized Jim Spencer as one of the outstanding leaders in business, community engagement and economic development today at the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development at Lake of the Ozarks.

Spencer, president of Columbia, Missouri-based Newsy, received the Governor’s Entrepreneur Award for his pioneering work in news industry trends. Newsy is an innovative multisource video news service that is the only company of its kind.

Since its founding six years ago, the company has earned numerous awards, including a National Edward R. Murrow Award, and currently maintains partnerships with AOL/Huffington Post, Mashable and The Weather Channel. In January 2014, Newsy was acquired by the E.W. Scripps Company – an acquisition that will allow it to grow dramatically in the coming years.

Available on the Web and mobile devices, Newsy allows users to compare news sources from around the world to see how a story unfolds.

Newsy, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Missouri School of Journalism have partnered on various projects since Newsy's founding by Spencer, a 1991 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.

In an RJI interview earlier this year, Spencer said, "If the right opportunity is created, it can all be done right here in Columbia, Missouri. You don't have to be in New York, San Francisco or Beijing to have innovative success. It was obvious to me that this type of success, in the journalism realm, could only be found in the center of the country, where the best journalism school can be found."

Added Spencer, "RJI has helped Newsy evolve by functioning as a global magnet, attracting people interested in the future of journalism from around the world. RJI's entrepreneurial vantage point has allowed itself to be open to perspectives from the industry that have led to such great innovation. Newsy is trying to create a model and a success story showing how RJI and the Missouri School of Journalism are instrumental in determining the future of journalism."

"We've always been proud of the energy and enthusiasm that Newsy has brought to the evolving journalism landscape," said Randy Picht, executive director of RJI, in an earlier interview.

RJI received a small equity stake in Newsy as part of the agreement that brought the company to Columbia.


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