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.

Ways To Connect

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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?

Hasan Raza / AP Photo

Fifteen months ago, a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people and injured at least a further 200. The factory provided clothing for U-S retailers like Walmart, among others, and had been cited by Walmart as having potentially unsafe conditions for workers. In response to the tragedy, the U.S. government revoked trade privileges with Bangladesh, and the country is trying to get them back.

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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:

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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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.

Our guests:

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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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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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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.

Our guests:

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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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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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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?