JIM FLINK joined the strategic communication area at the Missouri School of Journalism after more than 20 years in television news, four years as a start-up executive and one year as a mobile video news consultant. He is leveraging his traditional and new media newsroom experience and integrating content creation techniques and timelines normally seen in newsrooms into the agency paradigm.
Flink also continues working with the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the School, focusing on best practices in mobile, video news content and production, as well as distribution and monetization strategies.
During four years as vice president of news operations and general manager of Newsy, Flink led, coached and cultivated a young start-up newsroom into an established, internationally respected newsroom publishing quality video content on emerging digital platforms. Under his leadership, Newsy delivered highly-engaging, timely, scalable content for iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Web for partners such as MSN, AOL, Huffington Post, Mashable and more. Newsy also won the 2011 “Appy” for Best in News, beating out CNN and Flipboard, and the 2013 “Appy” for Best in iPad Publishing.
Prior to his new media career, Flink worked for Kansas City’s KMBC-TV from 1995-2010, serving as a primary anchor and reporter for the most-watched ABC affiliate in America.
Flink’s work has been featured on “Larry King Live,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CNN News, BBC, and in documentaries and film. Jim has also won many awards: Emmy, Murrow, AP, Sigma Delta Chi, Missouri and Kansas Broadcasters and many more. Flink has international journalism experience, working for the Korean Broadcasting System, UNESCO and guest teaching in The Philippines.
Flink has taught the next generation of journalists during two decades of his career, serving in adjunct roles at the Missouri School of Journalism, Avila University, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Park University.
Flink received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Westminster College and his master’s in journalism from Missouri. In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.