The fourth class of Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Fellows will pursue innovation and entrepreneurship in start-up journalism, new online revenue opportunities, research to improve the design and delivery of news, and networking to more quickly and efficiently share innovation in journalism.
The 2011-2012 class of fellows will work with innovative journalists, entrepreneurs, industry professionals, technology experts in emerging media, scholars, staff and students as they establish leadership roles in their respective projects.
"RJI is very excited to work with this unique class of Fellows," said Roger Gafke, acting director of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. "I believe, with their big ideas and our innovative resources, we have all the pieces to develop impressive outcomes for the journalism industry in this fourth year of fellowships at the Institute."
The new class of fellows begins their work this fall at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.
The 2011-2012 Class of Reynolds Fellows include:
Delivering a Motivated Audience
Apply research on how the brain processes information to the creation of design and delivery models that engage readers with news and advertising.
Paul Bolls is an associate professor in Strategic Communication and co-director of the Psychological Research on Information and Media Effects (PRIME) Lab at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. His research agenda focuses on understanding how the human brain processes media content across technological platforms. He has co-authored a book, Psychophysiological Measurement and Meaning, to be released in August, 2011, describing the use of physiological measures to study how individuals perceive and respond to media.
Emerging Networks Project
Document and map emerging networks that support innovation across journalism, creating connection for the institutions that want to provide support and to connect the work of RJI into these networks.
Janet Coats is the New Media Journalism Initiative Manager for The Patterson Foundation, based in Sarasota, Fl., where she focuses on developing networks that enable journalism innovators to connect. With her husband, Rusty Coats, she runs a consultancy company, Coats2Coats, that helps clients thrive in a media future. Coats is a 1984 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Prior to her work with The Patterson Foundation, she served as a managing editor of The Wichita Eagle and executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Tampa Tribune.
Build and test AdFreeq, a disruptive Web tool empowering news organizations to generate sustaining revenue from real-time interactive classified advertising.
Peter Meng, an online marketing and advertising professional, is a seasoned entrepreneur and a 30-year technologist. Meng has developed numerous relationships within the University of Missouri, the Missouri School of Journalism as well as RJI. He spent seven years with Apple and is considered an expert in new Internet technologies, eLearning, and online marketing. His skills include: system and technical design, business process management and vision based leadership.
The Start-up World
Spend a year behind the scenes of a news experiment in progress, providing transparency and insight into the world of journalism start-ups.
Dan Oshinsky is a 2009 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, where he studied convergence journalism. He's the founder of Stry (pronounced STOHR-ee), a hyper-topical news service that produces original, long-form stories on under-covered issues. He's also the founder of BooksAround, a social literacy experiment, and the co-founder of ReadsGood, an essay editing service.