Jim Flink

Host, Global Journalist

Jim Flink is the host of Global Journalist, a production of the Reynolds Journalism Institute, and KBIA. 

Jim Flink is working with the prestigious Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at The Missouri School of Journalism, identifying and developing mobile, video news content, distribution and monetization strategies in digital newsrooms. He has formed small tactical teams focused on rapid-iteration, multi-platform deployment of content, building infrastructure, mindset/workflow, social and audience development strategies to quickly deploy and optimize content, putting the "right content to the right platform at the right time" in a progressive story-telling fashion.

During his previous four years as Vice President of News Operations, and then General Manager of Newsy, Jim led, coached and cultivated a young startup newsroom into an established, strong, internationally respected newsroom publishing quality video content on emerging digital platforms

Prior to his new media career, Jim worked for Kansas City's KMBC-TV from 1995-2010, serving as a primary anchor (mornings, nights, weekends) and as reporter for the most-watched ABC affiliate in America.Jim has also won many awards: Emmy, Murrow, AP, Sigma Delta Chi, Missouri and Kansas Broadcasters and many more. And Jim has worked overseas for the Korean Broadcasting System, UNESCO, and as a guest lecturer in The Philippines.  Jim has also dedicated two decades of his career to teaching the next generation of journalists, serving in adjunct roles at The Missouri School of Journalism, Avila University, UMKC and Park University.

Jim received his B.A. in political science from Westminster College, and his M.A. in journalism from The Missouri School of Journalism. In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Global Journalist
12:06 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Al Shabaab in Africa

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The militant group Al Shabaab has wreaked havoc across Africa throughout this decade. A cell of Al Qaeda, the group has launched attacks on civilians throughout Somalia, Kenya and Uganda, and is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. This past weekend, 29 people were killed in Kenya by armed militants; Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks soon after. Today on Global Journalist, we look at the rise of Al Shabaab, its attacks in the region, and what the group's emergence means for Africa. Our guests:

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Global Journalist
1:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The situation in Ukraine

Volunteers take an oath of allegiance to Ukraine, before being sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of special battalion "Azov" in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, June 23, 2014.
Credit Sergei Chuzavkov / AP Photo

This week, our focus turns, once again, to Ukraine. Since the Euromaidan movement at the end of 2013, clashes between pro-Russian and anti-Russian groups have intensified throughout eastern Ukraine. The United Nations estimates that more than 400 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since this April, and that more than 46,000 have fled their homes. Journalists have also been attacked. Vice News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky was detained by unknown militants in the city of Sloviansk, and others have faced intimidation, threats and other pressures for trying to do their jobs.

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Global Journalist
11:05 am
Thu June 5, 2014

What's next for Syria?

A man votes for Syria's President Bashar Assad, on a ballot stamped with his blood, during the presidential election in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Polls opened in government-held areas in Syria amid very tight security Tuesday for the country's presidential election, a vote that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win.
Credit Dusan Vranic / AP Photo

Incumbent president Bashar al-Assad won re-election in a contest many say was not free or fair.

This week on Global Journalist, we look at the results of the Syrian presidential election, and explore what Assad's victory means for the country.We also take a look at the west's response to the election, and how Syrian refugees are impacting neighboring countries like Lebanon.

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Global Journalist
3:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Brazilian documentary Elena explores culture, society

Petra Costa, the director of Elena.
Credit Courtesy of Petra Costa

The Brazilian documentary Elena tells the story of an actress and artist who moved to New York in search of a career during the country's military dictatorship. This week, we talk to Petra Costa, director of Elena, about her film, Brazilian culture, and what's next for this growing international power.

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Global Journalist
11:18 am
Thu May 22, 2014

A look at the Indian elections

An Indian woman voter lifts her veil before casting her vote during a re-polling of the parliamentary elections in Rehna village, in the northern Indian state of Haryana, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Credit Altaf Qadri / AP Photo

India — the world's biggest democracy — just concluded the largest general election in history. Over 537 million votes were cast over the past month, and voters decided to elect a new government. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Narendra Modi, won the most votes overall, capturing 31 percent of the vote. The Indian Congress Party, led by Rahul Gandhi, came in a distant second, garnering just over 19 percent of the vote. Based on the results, the BJP picked up a total of 282 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sahba.

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Global Journalist
11:33 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Europe votes: what should you know?

The European Parliament building in Brussels.
Credit European Parliament / Audiovisual Services for Media

You’re probably well aware that every country has a parliament or a legislature of some sort. But, did you know that Europe, as a whole, also has its own parliament? The European Parliament is part of the European Union, and next week, people in EU member states will go to the polls to elect their representatives. We preview the upcoming elections, talk about the potential rise of more far-right parties making a name on the European stage, and walk you through how the European Parliament works.

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Global Journalist
11:14 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The dark side of the World Cup

Personnel work on the construction of Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. The southern Brazilian city will host matches during this year's World Cup despite serious problems in the renovation of its stadium that put it on the brink of becoming the first venue ever to be kicked out because of delays, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said Tuesday.
Credit Denis Ferreira Netto / AP Photo

This week, our focus turns to Brazil. The country is set to be in the international spotlight this summer as the World Cup comes to Brazil. But not everyone in the country is pleased with what else comes with the responsibilities of putting on one of the world's largest sporting events. Protests took place last summer during a World Cup warm-up tournament, with demonstrators expressing anger over the amount of money being spent to bring the games to Brazil.

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Global Journalist
9:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Gas politics in Eastern Europe

A worker checks wires at a gas pipe before a launching ceremony of the construction of South Stream pipeline in the Black Sea resort of Anapa, southern Russia, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. After years of delays and negotiations, Russian gas company Gazprom on Friday formally started construction of its Europe-bound South Stream pipeline, key to its strategy of eliminating shipping risks by bypassing transit nations like Ukraine.
Credit Sergei Karpukhin, Pool / Associated Press

This week, we're looking at the increasingly complex state of energy politics in Eastern Europe. Conflicts between Russia, which supplies much of the region's natural gas, and its neighbors are escalating. The United States government has increased sanctions on the Russian energy sector in response to the country's actions in Crimea and the Ukraine. How have markets been reacting to this? What does it mean for the area's balance of power?

Joining us this week:

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Global Journalist
11:36 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Disputing the law of the sea

A Filipino protester holds placards with slogans during a rally outside the Chinese consulate at the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The group is demanding an end to China's alleged incursions in the South China Sea and to press the Chinese government to respect the arbitral process under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Credit Aaron Favila / AP Photo

We’re all familiar with border disputes on land … but what about those on the water? Maritime disputes in the Arctic and in the South China Sea are increasing, as countries vie for valuable natural resources beneath the ocean’s waves. Current international law sets strict guidelines on what economic rights countries have off their coasts. But, is the system in place the best one? Is the International Law of the Sea still sufficient today?

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Global Journalist

Global Journalist is a half-hour weekly discussion of international news by a panel of journalists from around the world. Hosted by Jim Flink, Global Journalist airs at 6:30 P.M. on KBIA 91.3 FM, the public radio station of the University of Missouri, and is also available online, and as a podcast.

Check out the video and more at the Global Journalist website.