Innovation team

Our Innovation team explores timely challenges, needs and gaps in journalism to help build safer, stronger, more equitable, diverse and inclusive journalism, news spaces and relationships with the communities we serve. We build free, accessible & open source resources, programs, workshops and tools for and with journalists and newsrooms. Pitch an idea for a project or partnership here.

Kat Duncan
Kat Duncan, Director of Innovation
Will Lager
Will Lager, Senior Editor & Project Manager
Emily Lytle
Emily Lytle, Innovation in Focus Editor

Our current programs and initiatives:

  • RJI Student Competition: annual innovation competition where students across the country work together in teams on a project that tackles a challenge faced by the journalism industry. Challenge changes every year to address a timely need in journalism.
  • RJI Professional Fellowship program: annual 8 month fellowship where journalists from all over the world develop innovative resources, programs and tools with our support and guidance.
  • Student Fellowship Program: summer fellowships where students are matched with local newsrooms all over the country to work on innovative initiatives.
  • Women in Journalism Workshop: annual spring workshop where female journalists from around the world gather for vital training, skills building and discussions.
  • RJI innovation guest columnists, journalism leaders who write about issues at the intersection of journalism and practical innovation.
  • Innovation in Focus: monthly series which explores emerging technology, tools and storytelling methods for journalism with our student innovation staff.
  • Partnership projects: we work with partners to build free, accessible, open source resources for journalists

Current partnership projects:

Building out Agenda Watch with Big Local News
Sign up for the Diversity Sourcing Tool we built in partnership with Chalkbeat
Building development trackers with Outlier Media
RJI Founders: 3 founding newsrooms serving underserved communities

Past projects:

Source Tracking Playbook

Black News and Views

ReportIT! Girl Scout Patch

JSafe app

Automating calendars for small newsrooms

Optimizing paywalls for readers

The Right to Know Network

Creating a live election dashboard