May 14, 2021
Nine students from the University of Missouri School of Journalism plan to partner with local newsrooms from across the country to tackle innovative projects this summer as part of the Student Innovation Fellowship program at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI).
The projects will focus on new storytelling techniques, audience engagement strategies, delivery platforms, revenue opportunities and other innovative initiatives.
This year’s group of fellows are José Luis Adriano, Noelle Alviz-Gransee, Annie Jennemann, Caitlin R. King, Isabelle Marak, Regan Mertz, Abigail Shaw, Jordan Thornsberry and Carolina Beatriz Vásquez Chinchilla.
“I’m very excited about this year’s RJI Student Innovation Fellows,” said Kat Duncan, director of innovation at RJI. “These Mizzou students are driven, creative and passionate about journalism. They will be working with newsrooms on everything from text-based engagement initiatives to narrative-driven podcasting to help them experiment and grow in innovative ways.”
This year’s newsroom partners are, 417 Magazine /Whitaker Publishing, Detroit Free Press, the Jefferson City News Tribune, Mankato Free Press, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, Texas Standard, The Oregonian, WHAS/TEGNA and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism/Wisconsin Watch.
Fellows are required to work between 30 to 40 hours at their newsroom and must produce content based on their learnings and findings for the RJI website as a part of the Innovation in Focus web series.