WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA (PRWEB) May 08, 2015
Reportory Founder and CEO Tracy Clark has been selected for a distinguished non-residential fellowship with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). Clark will be one of 11 fellows for the 2015-2016 program, selected from 225 applicants from around the world.
Her fellowship will provide a $20,000 stipend plus eight months of staff support, including marketing, communications, event planning and video production. RJI is housed at the Missouri School of Journalism, providing access to the resources of a major research university. In addition, fellows will have access to RJI’s Futures Lab and Microsoft Application Development Lab, staffed with professionals in media and emerging technologies, and to rigorous and robust research resources.
The non-residential fellowship is designed for entrepreneurial individuals with a strong interest in journalism and issues related to digital communications. Successful ideas, products or strategies should serve as a model for the news industry or help the industry get smarter, faster, nimbler.
“Working with trailblazing entrepreneurs is one of the best parts of the RJI Fellowship program,” said Randy Picht, RJI’s executive director. “We’re very excited to be working with Tracy to explore new ways to deliver news and information quickly and more efficiently.”
One of the main goals of the fellowship is to develop and deploy a prototyped product or service into a substantial market test to prepare it for angel or venture investment or a full launch of the project. Reportory exited beta development April 1st, 2015, and will be seeking a seed round at the completion of the fellowship.
Clark will spend her fellowship focused on usability testing, product development, marketing and strategic partnership development. She will also utilize some of the funds to secure a full utility patent for the multivariate content aggregation algorithm she wrote, which is currently a provisional patent.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity that I am honored to take advantage of,” said Tracy Clark. “The financial support, invaluable connections and wealth of resources that this fellowship will offer me over the next eight months is paramount to Reportory’s continued growth and success.”
Reportory is a new a-la-carte media company enabling readers to finally have a consumable, customized and packaged newspaper of their own. Reportory lets you pick which news sources you read, the topical sections you enjoy, and keywords you want to track. Each day you will then receive your customized news, only from those sources, topics and keywords … no two news digests are alike! Available in print, web and mobile. To learn more, please visit http://www.reportory.com.
Media inquiries please contact Anna Harbinson at info(at)reportory(dot)com.
About the RJI Fellowship program:
Every fall the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. Applications are reviewed during the winter, fellows announced in the spring and projects begin that summer and-or fall.
About the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute:
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute works with citizens, journalists and researchers to strengthen democracy through better journalism. RJI seeks out the most exciting new ideas, tests them with real-world experiments, uses social science research to assess their effectiveness and delivers solutions that citizens and journalists can put to use in their own communities.