Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship 2022

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with them on practical innovative projects for local news.

Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a training workshop/program or building resources for journalists. All fellowship projects are built and implemented within the span of the 8 month fellowship.

About Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship

RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and U.S. news organizations. We also accept proposals from international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news and/or organizations to address a challenge that impacts U.S. journalism and newsrooms.

Fellowship typeLocationStipendAdditional supportLength
ResidentialReynolds Journalism Institute, Columbia, Missouri$10,000 a month and a one time reimbursement for relocation costs up to $10,000Access to RJI’s services, facilities and collaboration with staff and students8 months
NonresidentialYour current location or location of choice$20,000 total, distributed as $5,000 quarterly to youConsulting relationship with RJI staff8 months
InstitutionalYour current location or location of choice$20,000 total, distributed as $5,000 quarterly to your institutionConsulting relationship with RJI staff8 months

Fellowship Type

There are three types of RJI Fellowships:

1. Residential

Residential fellowships are designed for individuals who want to collaborate with RJI staff, students and faculty on-site at our institute in Columbia, Missouri.

Residential fellows spend eight months on campus at the Missouri School of Journalism to take advantage of the intellectual and technological resources of RJI and the Missouri School of Journalism.

Resource examples include access to programmers and app developers, support to conduct market research, and paid students to produce multimedia content.

Your final project — in the form of strategies, products or services — developed from the original idea will be shared with many news and news-related organizations. You must reside in Columbia, Missouri, for the duration of this fellowship. The project can be tested and implemented at one of the Mizzou newsrooms or another newsroom of your choice during your fellowship.

2. Nonresidential

Nonresidential fellowships can tackle something you are interested in pursuing on your own or something that could benefit a current employer. You do not need to live in Columbia but you will need to make at least one visit to consult with RJI leadership and staff. Your project will be implemented and tested in the newsroom of your choice during your fellowship.

3. Institutional

Institutional fellowships are designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas in your newsroom or company that for various reasons haven’t been able to be explored yet.

RJI will collaborate with a leader at your institution or company who can develop the idea and lead a team that will make it a reality. That leader will be named an RJI Fellow but will continue working at his or her job.

The stipend for this fellowship will be paid to the company or institution to be used for salary relief for the fellow, or for another purpose that the company or institution determines will best ensure the success of the fellowship project. The project will be implemented and tested at the institution or in a newsroom of their choice during the fellowship.

How to apply for Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship

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Application Deadline

Applications are open until March 25, 2022.







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