How do I apply?

Applications for 2021 are now closed. Applications for the 2022 class of fellows are expected to open in January 2022.

What is a 2021 RJI Student Innovation Fellowship? 

A Missouri School of Journalism student interning with a local news organization by working 30-40 hours per week in a summer fellowship. These fellowships are being sponsored by RJI’s Palmer Innovation Endowment. They must be focused on projects using new storytelling techniques, audience engagement strategies, delivery platforms, revenue opportunities and/or other innovative initiatives. 

These internships can be done remotely. 

What do the student fellows receive?

Each student fellow receives a $5,000 stipend from RJI and will be expected to work for 30–40 hours a week for 12 weeks, starting Monday, May 17, and finishing Friday, August 6, 2021. 

Who are the summer 2021 partners?

These fellowships are designed for each student to find a news partner to work with on an innovation idea of mutual interest, i.e., Google analytics, Instagram video, virtual events, new revenue experiments and more. The strongest applications will have a great idea and a committed newsroom partner. 

That said, finding a partner is not required and, depending on the idea and other factors, RJI may be able to help find you a news organization to work with.

Do I qualify for a fellowship?

All current and recently graduated Missouri School of Journalism students are encouraged to apply. 

Who supervises my work?

Each newsroom will be required to assign a supervisor and mentor. They will be expected to give regular feedback to the student fellow, engage in (at least!) weekly meetings with them and provide guidance in their projects. In addition, RJI’s Director of Innovation, Kat Duncan, will communicate regularly with you and them to make sure you are learning, supported and achieving your goals. 

What am I required to produce for RJI?

In addition to the internship work, student’s work will be highlighted in RJI’s Innovation in Focus web series. Students will share their work, interview journalism professionals and produce tip pieces to help other newsrooms implement or take advantage of the same innovation they’re engaging in this summer. 

How are the RJI Student Innovation Fellows chosen?

RJI’s Executive Director Randy Picht and Director of Innovation Kat Duncan will screen applications and choose up to 20 finalists to interview before awarding the fellowships.