How do I apply?

Apply here if you are a student, here if you are a newsroom interested in hosting a fellow. Deadline to apply is November 1, 2021. Students will be notified by email about interviews by November 15, 2021.

What is a 2022 RJI Student Innovation Fellowship? 

A Mizzou journalism student placed with a news organization to work 30-40 hours per week in a summer product fellowship. These fellowships are being sponsored by RJI’s Palmer Innovation Endowment fund. They must be focused on projects that create, extend or build upon product work in each newsroom. Each student will be trained by a News Product Alliance coach prior to their fellowship and have monthly remote training sessions throughout the summer with them.

What do the student fellows receive?

Each student fellow receives a $5,000 stipend for a remote fellowship or $9000 for a in-person fellowship and will be expected to work for 30–40 hours a week for 12 weeks, starting mid-May and ending mid-August.

Who are the summer 2022 partners?

These fellowships are designed for each student to work with a news partner on an innovative product idea of mutual interest, whether it is in a CMS, building a tool, creating a newsletter or other product centered ideas. If you are a newsroom who would like to host a student fellow, apply here.

Do I qualify for a fellowship?

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

Who supervises my work?

Each newsroom will be required to assign a mentor. Your mentor will give you regular feedback and provide guidance on your projects.

In addition, RJI’s Director of Innovation, Kat Duncan, will meet with you bi-weekly to make sure you are learning, supported and achieving your goals. 

And your News Product Alliance coach will also be providing training prior to the fellowship and a training session per a month throughout the summer.

What am I required to produce for RJI?

Each student’s work will be highlighted in RJI’s Innovation in Focus web series. Students will share their work and produce pieces to help other newsrooms implement the same innovation they’re engaging in this summer. 

How are the RJI Student Innovation Fellows chosen?

RJI’s Director of Innovation Kat Duncan will choose up to 10 finalists to interview before awarding the fellowships.