Journalism Industry Leaders Share Financial Insights at RJI Symposium

Nov. 30, 2017 (Columbia, Mo.) — The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Missouri School of Journalism recently hosted a symposium on the role that finances play in the world of journalism.

The event gave industry leaders, faculty and students a place to have a dynamic conversation about the relationship between money and journalism. Titled “Revenue Models That Work: Journalism’s Big Money Moves,” the two-day event tackled important topics in the industry.

One of the key hosts and planners of this symposium was strategic communication assistant professor Jim Flink, who believes this event is very timely for all students in the School of Journalism.

“This event focused on money, and necessarily so, as it is one of the biggest issues facing journalism right now,” said Flink.

The event included guest speakers from the Associated Press, American Press Institute, Gizmodo, Institute for Nonprofit News, Newsonomics, Success Magazine and more. Each speaker was chosen based on their experience in industry innovation or knowledge in the topics. Ken Doctor, author of Newsonomics, was one of the first people Flink sought as a potential speaker for the symposium.

“He really owns the space when talking about journalism and the money mix,” said Flink. “Landing him as a presenting attendee early on was key for this event.”

All speakers had important insights to share, which contributed to the event’s success. Ultimately, Flink was pleased with the event because it helped to build stronger relationships between the School of Journalism and industry partners and provided students the opportunity to learn about the future of the industry.

“Those who attended saw our school and the Reynolds Journalism Institute in a new light,” said Flink. “They understand that we continue to be a world leader in journalism education for a reason. We remain on the front lines of a radically altered industry, and one undergoing constant change. The fact that we are leading that change is inspiring to those having a difficult time keeping pace with change in their own spheres.”

Updated: January 9, 2020

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