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Reynolds Journalism Institute looking for BIG ideas

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
Let’s make a difference … together

What’s your BIG idea?
• Do you have a BIG idea, but not enough bandwidth in your day job to tease it out of your head and onto the table?
• Are you missing the right bright people around that table to help your idea take shape?
• Does your current situation lack the development and research capabilities to test and measure your idea?

Bring your BIG idea to the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

RJI is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 class of Donald W. Reynolds Fellows.

“RJI is looking for solutions for the future of journalism. If you have an idea that you think can transform journalism’s role in society, we want to hear about it.” — Pam Johnson, RJI executive director

In a time of tumultuous and exhilarating change in journalism, what would you do with eight months, a generous living stipend and a chance to collaborate with some of the brightest minds in media today?

Our Fellows program has created a network of journalists and scholars who have led the way in journalism. Check out the past classes of Fellows and their success: http://www.rjionline.org/fellows-program/index.php.

“Having a year at the Reynolds Journalism Institute is an incredible gift,” says Michael Skoler, a member of the 2009-2010 Fellows class.

How do I apply?

1. Take the best idea that you’d like to develop. Make sure it has the potential to sustain the values, principles and purposes of journalism. Proposals that link technology and journalism are especially sought. Boil it down to three pages.

2. Make sure your idea will benefit from the research and experimentation opportunities at the nation’s oldest—and one of the largest—journalism schools. You’ll be backed by one of the nation’s newest journalism research centers.

3. Be prepared to spend Sept. 1 through April 30 largely in residence in Columbia, Mo., home of the University of Missouri. Columbia is a thriving, mid-Missouri city of 100,000 people, focused on education and health care, reached easily from the St. Louis and Kansas City airports. Columbia Regional Airport has regional jet service via Memphis.

Do it today—proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. The earlier you apply, the more opportunity there will be to review, collaborate and strengthen your proposal. Finalists will be asked to provide additional information regarding the expected outcomes of the proposed work.

Send your proposal and resume to Executive Director Pam Johnson:
or mail to:
Pam Johnson, Executive Director
Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Administrative Offices 
Suite 300

Columbia, MO 65211