• 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.
  • 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.
  • Tyus Monroe: A Talk Story, Write Story success story in progress

    Tyus Monroe: A Talk Story, Write Story success story in progress
    August 31, 2017

    Tyus Monroe received a full-ride scholarship to Columbia College in Missouri, thanks in part to Talk Story, Write Story. She wants to become a teacher.
  • Missouri high schoolers in Talk Story, Write Story offered more than $700,000 in scholarships

    Talk Story, Write Story
    Missouri high schoolers in Talk Story, Write Story offered more than $700,000 in scholarships
    May 1, 2016

    Talk Story, Write Story had never before used volunteer coaches to work one-on-one with students to win scholarships. The program began without name or direction 18 years ago in my 80 percent Native Hawaiian community of Hana, Hawaii.