The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with us on practical innovative projects for community centered news, journalists and the communities they serve.

Chosen projects often include devising new strategies or models to solve a problem, building new tools, creating a training workshop/program or building a specific resource for journalists or newsrooms to utilize. All fellowship projects are built and implemented within the span of the 8 month fellowship and must be free, accessible and open-source for everyone to utilize.

Applications open January 1st, 2023 – closing deadline Feb 3, 2023

Past fellows have built a development tracker toolkit, Upward, a coaching program for journalists of color to help them ascend into leadership roles in news, the disability matters toolkit and a guide to help newsrooms produce journalism with their incarcerated communities among other amazing resources. Our 2022 fellows are currently working on projects that address fundraising, sustainability, SEO, community listening and more.

Whatever your idea, its creation should benefit other news organizations, journalists and the people who depend on them. You will publish regular articles to share what you’re learning for other newsrooms and journalists who want to tackle similar projects.

The final product of your fellowship must be a resource that journalists and newsrooms can utilize – whether it’s a guide, toolkit, platform, workshop or tool.

RJI Fellows 2022-2023
The 2022 RJI Fellows

We have two types of RJI Fellowships:

1. Residential Fellowship

This year’s residential fellowship is for an individual who wants to spend a year at RJI to create a resource to help newsrooms generate new sources of direct revenue. Some examples include: growing and making use of first-party data, creating new products, improving existing options like sponsorships and memberships.

The fellow will collaborate with RJI staff, students and faculty on-site at our institute in Columbia, Missouri. They will get a living stipend and have access to funding through the institute for project expenses. The end product will be a free, accessible and equitable resource that has been piloted across the country in community-centered newsrooms before the end of the fellowship.

Read more details here.

START DATE:
July 10, 2023
DURATION:
12 months
FUNDING:
Up to $100,000 which includes a living stipend and funding for project expenses through the institute.
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Feb 3, 2023

2. Remote: Nonresidential or Institutional

Nonresidential fellowships are a remote fellowship where the funding goes directly to an individual to let them pursue an idea outside of their day job/work. You will make at least one visit to RJI to meet your Fellow cohort, RJI leadership, faculty, students and access on-site resources. Your project will be implemented and tested in the newsroom(s) of your choice during your fellowship, before your final product is launched for journalists to utilize.

START:
July 10, 2023
HOW LONG:
8 months
STIPEND:
Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend, payable in increments as deliverables are met for each stage of the fellowship.
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Feb 3, 2023

Institutional fellowships are a remote fellowship where the funding for the fellowship goes to the company or institution, rather than an individual. RJI will collaborate with the individual assigned to lead the team/project, that individual will be named an RJI Institutional Fellow. The Institutional Fellow will visit RJI with the fellow cohort to meet RJI leadership, faculty, students and access on-site resources. The stipend for this fellowship can 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 can be implemented and tested at the institution or in another newsroom of their choice during the fellowship.

START:
July 10, 2023
HOW LONG:
8 months
STIPEND:
Fellow’s institution receives a $25,000 stipend, payable in increments as deliverables are met for each stage of the fellowship.
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Feb 3, 2023

How to apply

Applications open January 1st, 2023:

submit

For proposals we advance to the next stage of consideration, you will be asked to answer a second, more detailed set of questions about the project, its deliverables, your qualifications to collaborate with us and more. After the second stage, we will interview finalists.

If you have questions about this process, contact Kat Duncan.