The 2023 symposium cohort

RJI is hosting a symposium for a cohort of 30 community-centered journalists who want to come together to share and create thoughtful and actionable ways to serve our communities better.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2024

Location: Reynolds Journalism Institute, Columbia, MO

This experience is for those who want to take a couple days to thoughtfully brainstorm, build and collaborate together across newsrooms, roles, teams and organizations on ideas and solutions that can benefit us all.

This weekend will be considered off the record and conducted under Chatham House rules – you will be able to take anything away from it that will be helpful to your work and utilize it, but will be asked to not quote or reveal who it originated from unless they provide express permission.

This is an opportunity for us to take time to be critical and honest about the work we do, and how we can do it better in service to our communities.

Those accepted into this symposium will receive the following:

  • A room at a local hotel for October 24-27 (arrival Oct 24, departure Oct 27)
  • Breakfast & lunch each day of the symposium
  • A roundup of all the examples, resources and takeaways shared in the sessions + collaborative results of your work together
  • Check-ins (with RJI & your symposium cohort) 3 and 6 months after the symposium to provide ongoing support + share results, challenges and takeaways
  • A stipend to try a new idea you learned or developed at the symposium in your newsroom

We want you to attend if:

  • You work in a community-centered role, org and/or newsroom
  • You’re willing to be honest, open and think critically about your work and your newsroom in this space
  • You want to collaborate, work together and share results transparently
  • You want to try new-to-you methods of serving your community
  • You want to listen to others and learn from their lived experiences
  • Your newsroom/org & you are willing to commit to trying something you are exposed to at this symposium, (resources, ideas, methods) and being transparent about results in a published piece at

The topics of the sessions and the resources built from them will be participant-led and inspired, but everything will happen with guidance and support from RJI to ensure that actionable resources, activities and goals are incorporated into the weekend. We will be there to prompt, mediate and make sure every voice in the room is heard and included.

There will be a limited number of flight scholarships available.

Questions? Email Kat Duncan, RJI Director of Innovation