Director of Innovation, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Missouri School of Journalism (Columbia, Missouri)

Posted 8 months ago

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is seeking an outstanding individual to facilitate innovative experiments, projects and programs that improve journalism with the help of news and technology leaders as well as top students at the Missouri School of Journalism.

This 12-month faculty member will work closely with the Executive Director, Research Director and Communications Director as well as other staff and affiliated faculty to grow RJI’s ability to develop, test and share industry innovations.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Organize and lead innovative initiatives and experiments in the various Missouri School of Journalism news organizations in conjunction with newsroom leaders, RJI’s director of research and other faculty and staff who are seeking ways to test new ideas to share with the news industry.
  • Manage the RJI Fellowship programs working with journalists, industry professionals and students to guide and implement innovative fellowship projects for the industry that will especially strengthen local journalism.
  • Manage staff and facilities of RJI Futures Lab, including its integration into the School of Journalism’s strategic plan.
  • Organize the annual RJI Innovation Competition that assists teams of journalism, engineering, business and other students as they develop technology solutions to problems or opportunities in journalism.
  • Produce the Innovation in Focus video series and other content for RJI’s web and social platforms that highlight practical applications of new technologies.
  • Create programs such as the annual Women in Journalism workshop and other training opportunities that provide needed resources to journalism professionals while building new connections to RJI within the industry.
  • Participate in key gatherings of journalism and technology professionals such as the Online News Association annual conference to maintain important industry connections and forge new ones.
  • Teach one, three-hour course or the equivalent during the fall and spring semesters in consultation with RJI’s Executive Director and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Consult with the Executive Director as well as the instructors of the convergence capstone class, AdZou and other existing or emerging client-based courses in the School of Journalism to ensure RJI clients and partners have access to students who can support relevant projects.
  • Work with other members of the management team to select and support RJI’s residential, non-residential and institutional fellows.


  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field and at least ten years of high-level experience as a media professional is required
  • Project management skills
  • The ability to report, edit and produce stories across multiple media platforms
  • Teaching experience at the college or university level

Apply online at: with Job ID 31722. Please include a cover letter and CV with the online application.

Other Information

You’ll be part of an engaged and focused faculty at the world’s first and foremost school of journalism, have access to the school’s award-winning news and strategic communication outlets — the Columbia Missourian, KBIA-FM, KOMU-TV, Missouri Business Alert and MOJO Ad — and have opportunities to collaborate with leading news agencies that are headquartered at the school, such as Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting, the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism and the American Society of News Editors.

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism provides outstanding resources for research, media production and industry outreach in carrying out its mission to strengthen journalism in the service of democracy. RJI is particularly focused on local journalism, trust and media innovations.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at:

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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