Reynolds Journalism Institute announces leadership changes to help manage growth


As initiatives and collaborations continue to grow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, Executive Director Randy Picht announced a key promotion and a new addition to RJI's leadership team. 

Mike McKean, RJI's director of the Futures Lab and an associate professor, moves into the newly created position of RJI associate director. He will help oversee many of the ongoing partnerships, projects and RJI's cornerstone initiative, the RJI Fellows program. McKean has already started in his new role. 

"Mike is the perfect person to blaze this trail," Picht said. "His 30 years of experience at the school, terrific management skills and outstanding problem solving all will come in handy at RJI as we continue to make journalism better and stronger." 

The new addition is Ebony Reed, executive advertising director at the Boston Business Journal and former director of business development for local markets at The Associated Press. She will assume McKean's responsibilities in the Futures Lab, which conducts research, shares insights and develops new tools and strategies to strengthen journalism. 

Reed's new title will be director of innovation and the RJI Futures Lab. Her appointment is effective April 15.


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