Mike Reynolds, who died in 1988 of a brain tumor at age 45, was assignment editor and later managing editor at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. Trustees of the fund to honor his memory require applicants for this award to be enrolled in journalism school and have good writing ability, excellent grades, a dedication to the news business, strong interest in pursuing a career in electronic journalism and a demonstrated need for financial assistance. The winner receives $1,000.
2015 Mike Reynolds Scholarship Winner - Zack Newman, University of Missouri
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Zack Newman is a junior at the University of Missouri majoring in convergence journalism with an emphasis in TV and radio. Zack considers himself to be a “multimedia storyteller,” and loves learning new mediums to produce content. He has used traditional equipment and an iPad Mini to tell stories. The Ellicott City, Maryland native is in the process of learning how to create and edit 3D videos for StoryUp Studios. Zack has extensive journalism experience. This includes work at Fox News in New York, ESPNU Campus Connection and KOMU-TV. While at Fox News, Zack helped provide national coverage of the events surrounding the November protests at the University of Missouri campus. The Eagle Scout also enjoys improv, nature, food and fitness. For samples of his work and more information about him, go to his online portfolio at www.zackrnewman.com.
Thank you a hundred times over. I’m honored to be mentioned in the same breath as him and that his family and the selection committee thought so highly of me to put me in the same category as Reynolds. This scholarship increases my drive to succeed even more because I know I have the Reynolds legacy associated with my name. I do not want to disappoint his family. Besides journalism, one of my major passions is facilitating cancer awareness by working with various organizations, including the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation and MizzouThon. I’m ecstatic that I can help keep the memory of Mike Reynolds alive and bring more attention to the fight against the horrific disease. This is a tremendous opportunity that I’m humbled to be chosen for. Thank you.
Stacey Woelfel, Associate Professor and Director of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism said, "I have met few students as focused on the what’s ahead as Zack. He's the kind of analytical thinker we need figuring out the future of our profession. Thanks to RTDNF for helping fund his education."