Columbia, Mo. (July 9, 2010) — Two Missouri School of Journalism faculty members are among the six leading journalists and industry professionals selected to serve as Fellows at the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) during the 2010-2011 academic year. The group will work to develop new revenue and technology strategies for the future of journalism.
David Herzog, an associate professor in the print and digital news emphasis area, will oversee a project called “Open Missouri.” The focus will be to develop a Missouri government data portal to encourage increased use of data among journalists and citizens.
A journalist and journalism educator for more than 20 years, Herzog specializes in using geographic information system (GIS) tools to report the news. He serves as the academic advisor for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. Herzog is the author of the book “Mapping the News: Case Studies in GIS and Journalism.” Before joining the Missouri School of Journalism in January 2002, Herzog spent five years as an investigative reporter at the Providence (R.I.) Journal, where he used computer-assisted reporting to cover public corruption. Earlier, Herzog was the editor for computer-assisted reporting at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., a business reporter for the Baltimore Sun and general assignment reporter for other newspapers in Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in radio-television-film from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Joy Mayer, an associate professor in the print and digital news emphasis area, will oversee a project titled “Ditch the lecture. Join the conversation.” She will figure out how to reconceive the relationship between news providers and the people formerly known as their audiences.
As the design editor for the Columbia Missourian, Mayer supervises Missouri School of Journalism students who produce the newspaper, both in print and online. She previously worked for the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune as the assistant news design editor, features designer, kids’ page section editor, business news editor and copy editor. Mayer has also worked at the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, The Paper, The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel and The Oklahoma Daily. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and news communication at the University of Oklahoma.
The other Fellows are David Cohn, director of Spot.us; Anne Derryberry, news editor and columnist at Learning Solutions Magazine; Lisa Skube, vice president of strategy for Pop Art; and Will Sullivan, interactive director at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Information about all of the Fellows’ projects is available on the RJI website.
About the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute engages media professionals, scholars and citizens in programs aimed at improving the practice and understanding of journalism. Part of the Missouri School of Journalism, RJI collaborates with news and technology companies, professional associations, foundations and individuals to generate and test innovative models and technologies for journalism and advertising. Six Donald W. Reynolds Fellows spend an academic year at RJI, working with Missouri faculty and students and RJI staff to develop new ways to gather, process and deliver news, information and advertising. RJI was launched in 2004 with an initial $31 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. In 2009, the Foundation awarded the Institute an additional $15 million for operating support.
About The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $100 million to its National Journalism Initiative in the United States.
Updated: May 13, 2020