RJI Fellowship: Strengthening Democracy through Better Journalism

Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting proposals from people and organizations who wish to partner with it on innovative projects that strengthen democracy through better journalism.

Successful projects often include devising new strategies to take advantage of an opportunity or solve a problem, building new tools for news organizations, transforming an idea into a market-tested prototype or advancing a prototype so it’s ready for investment or a full product launch.

Types of Fellowships

  • Residential fellowships are designed for persons, inside and outside media industries, who want to collaborate with RJI in the pursuit of solutions to a particular journalism problem. Fellows spend eight months on the University of Missouri campus, receive an $80,000 stipend and a $10,000 one-time housing or relocation allowance.
  • Nonresidential fellowships are designed for entrepreneurial individuals with a strong interest in journalism and issues related to digital communications. Fellows explore their ideas from their home or office, with an occasional visit to campus. They receive a $20,000 stipend, plus research and travel support.
  • Institutional fellowships are designed to unlock some of the thoughtful, meaningful ideas inside newsrooms, ad departments, boardrooms and break rooms that for various reasons can’t get any traction. Fellows remain at their post in a newsroom or other organization while developing an idea. The institutional fellowship stipend — $20,000 — is paid to the company or organization and can be used for salary relief or for another purpose to best ensure the success of the fellowship project.

Eligibility Criteria

RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and news organizations as well as international news outlets.  They also welcome proposals from international journalists who plan to partner with U.S.-based news, technology and civil society organizations.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit RJI Fellowship.

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