In September 2010, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism established itself as a leader in the emerging field of entrepreneurial journalism with the creation of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, funded by grants from The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Our goal is to help create a sustainable future for quality journalism. We believe that future will be shaped by entrepreneurs who develop new business models and innovative projects – either working on their own, with startups, or within traditional media companies.
Toward that end, we are pursuing our educational mission by offering both an Advanced Certificate program for outstanding mid-career journalists, recent journalism school graduates, and other promising applicants, as well as the nation’s first Master of Arts degree in Entrepreneurial Journalism.
The one-semester Advanced Certificate program focuses on innovative approaches to journalism, business fundamentals, contemporary technology skills, and new business models for news. Students pursuing the M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism study the fundamentals of reporting, writing, and multimedia for three semesters and, in their fourth semester, join certificate candidates in the comprehensive Entrepreneurial Journalism course of study. By the end of the term, each student will develop his or her own startup project, in close consultation with faculty advisers and expert mentors. On the last day of class, students present their business plans and compete for awards from the Tow-Knight Center to fund further development of their projects.
How to Apply
It’s easy! Just submit the 2014 application, which will be available soon. For now, check out the 2013 Entrepreneurial Journalism Application
What kind of candidate are you looking for?
Anyone with passion for an idea, an interest in entrepreneurial journalism and professional experience in either journalism, media, technology or business. Minimum requirements include a college degree, English fluency and a tolerance for risk, uncertainty and occasional failure. We thrive on diversity and consider all applicants on the basis of their individual strengths.
When are applications due?
Applications last year were due on November 11, 2012. The 2014 applications will operate on a similar timeline. Follow our @tkcuny Twitter account for updates.
When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
Decisions for 2014 will be made in the late fall/early winter of 2013.
M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism
Apply for fall 2014 admission to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Deadline: January, 2014