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Jim Flink

Assistant Professor, University of Missouri

Consultant, Reynolds Journalism Institute


After 20 years in television news, four years as a start-up executive, and an ongoing initiative as a digital and mobile video content consultant, Jim Flink joined the Strategic Communication faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. As Assistant Professor, he is leveraging his traditional and new media newsroom experience, seeking to integrate newsroom content creation techniques and timelines into the educational and professional agency paradigm.

Jim also continues working with the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), focusing on best practices in digital, mobile, video/visual content and production processes, as well as distribution and monetization strategies. As part of that assignment, Jim has helped develop/execute new digital practices, strategies, and processes for six Missouri newsrooms: KOMU-TV, KBIA-FM, Global Journalist, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Missouri Business Alert and Treepple. He is also helping build out new content marketing models with professional partners as part of his role in Strategic Communication.

From 2010-2013, Jim served as Vice President of News Operations and General Manager of Newsy. There, Jim led, coached and cultivated a young startup newsroom into an established, internationally respected newsroom publishing quality video content on emerging digital platforms. Under his leadership, Newsy delivered content for MSN, AOL, Huffington Post, Mashable, Wall Street Journal Asia and more. Newsy won the 2011 "Appy" for Best in News App (beating out CNN and Flipboard) and the 2013 "Appy" for Best in iPad Publishing. Newsy sold in 2013 for $35 million.

Prior to that, Jim was an award-winning anchor and reporter for 20 years, most of it at KMBC-TV. Jim has also worked for the Korean Broadcasting System, UNESCO, and guest taught in The Philippines. Jim received his B.A. from Westminster College, and his M.A. from The Missouri School of Journalism. In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Mentor Statement: Working in a start-up environment was, for me, like finding comfort working inside a building with fires burning all around me. I’ve been blessed to be a part of three different start-ups now, and I love the vibe, the energy and the optimism of people creating their own destiny. So excited to be a part of this program.