Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships in the USA 2021:
Applications are invited for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowships in the USA 2021. This fellowship is open to individuals and organizations with journalism aspirations on innovative projects. US Citizens and news organizations as well as international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news, technology and civil society organizations are eligible and welcome to apply.
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with them on innovative projects that strengthen journalism’s future.
Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a prototype or advancing a prototype, so it’s ready for investment or launch. All projects will be built and implemented in a newsroom within the span of the 8-months fellowship.
With whatever ideas of fellows, its benefits should be able to extend to other news organizations and the people who depend on them. Fellows will publish regular updates at rjionline.org to share what they’re learning and how it could benefit news organizations. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will publish the results and lessons learned from the implementation of their projects after it has been tested or utilized in a newsroom. RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and news organizations as well as international news outlets.
There are 3 types of fellowships available to choose from:
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 8 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.
Fellow’s 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. Fellows 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.
Nonresidential fellowships can tackle something applicants are interested in pursuing on their own or something that could benefit a current employer. Fellows do not need to live in Columbia but will need to make at least one visit to consult with RJI leadership and staff. Fellows projects will be implemented and tested in the newsroom of their choice during your fellowship.
Institutional fellowships are designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas in fellows’ newsroom or company that, for various reasons, haven’t been able to be explored yet. RJI will collaborate with a leader at fellows’ 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.
- Residential Fellows: A $10,000 monthly stipend and a one-time reimbursement for relocations up to $10,000.
- Nonresidential Fellows: A $20,000 stipend, payable quarterly in increments of $5000.
- Institutional Fellows: Fellow’s institutions receive a $20,000 stipend, payable quarterly in increments of $5000.
- A summary of applicants project ideas in one succinct paragraph discussing:
- What problem or need in journalism does the project address?
- Who will benefit from the creation of your project?
- How and where do you plan to implement it once it is completed/built?
- RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and news organizations as well as international news outlets.
- They also welcome proposals from international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news, technology and civil society organizations.
December 18, 2020.
Interested applicants should visit the official link below for more information and apply: