Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows

Over the past 10 years, the people at RJI have worked hard to ensure journalism has a long and bright future. This includes RJI's ongoing fellowship program, the most flexible in the country, beginning with traditional residential fellowships, where fellows spend eight months in Columbia, Missouri, working on their projects full time.

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It’s easier than ever to create a data-driven newsletter
October 31, 2018

When Tamara Power-Drutis worked at Crosscut Public Media, a non-profit news site in Seattle, she was involved with the site’s email newsletter. She was absolutely sure they were doing it wrong. She just didn’t know in what way.

  • Building trust one idea at a time

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    Building trust one idea at a time
    October 31, 2018

    “One of the things I appreciated most about the Trusting News project is that Joy takes this big hairy topic of “trust in the media” and breaks it down into actionable steps,” says Sarah Binder.
  • Small-town print goes big-time digital

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    Small-town print goes big-time digital
    October 31, 2018

    Mark Nienhueser worked for Service Noodle, an online platform that made it easy for businesses to develop a website and a digital footprint. When he moved to the MPA, in 2013, he realized there were a lot of untapped digital opportunities for newspapers.
  • Putting Mayer’s research to work

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    Putting Mayer’s research to work
    October 31, 2018

    Around 2012, Jodi Gersh was travelling to various large Gannett newsrooms and running engagement workshops. She used Joy Mayers’ Community Engagement: A Practical Conversation for Newsrooms as a kind of playbook.
  • Why it works

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    Why it works
    October 31, 2018

    By 2017, it was clear to Janine York that she had to act. “Our newspaper is our core product, but we knew we needed to expand,” says York, the advertising director at the Missourian, a twice-weekly newspaper in the small town of Washington, Missouri.
  • A LION Is born

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    A LION Is born
    October 31, 2018

    Dylan Smith was skeptical when, in 2010, he received an invitation to the first Block by Block conference. Leaving his one-person newsroom for a weekend for a conference aimed at local, independent, online news operators seemed like a waste of time.

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