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What better place to learn about urban reporting than New York City? The city’s richly diverse population, its sophisticated (some would say Byzantine) political system and its powerhouse economy offer endless potential for stories.
We are fortunate to be able to draw on CUNY’s unparalleled network of professors to assist in that pursuit; they inform our curriculum, provide guest speaking and adjunct opportunities, and generate eye-opening field trips.
We also benefit from our professional ties to the city’s top reporters. In our most recent initiative, urban students can take an investigative reporting course with renowned reporter Tom Robbins.
The stories our urban students generate feed right into the School’s many distribution outlets: the NYCity News Service, which promotes student work in print, multimedia, and broadcast formats; 219 West, the monthly TV show which airs on CUNY-TV; and The Local, the hyperlocal website we run in conjunction with the New York Times.
The Urban Reporting program is also working closely with the Center for Community and Ethnic Media and its website, VoicesofNY.org. For a more complete sense of the Urban Reporting concentration, and what its current students, alums and faculty are up to, please check out our website.
Students who choose to specialize in urban reporting take four courses. The first, Covering City Government and Politics, is taken in their second semester.
The second is a required summer internship that follows the second semester. Among the media outlets where the School’s urban concentration students have spent their summers are: NY Daily News, WNYC, NY1, NY Post, Crains New York Business, City Limits, and The New York Times. (Some choose, however, to do their internships in other cities or countries.)
In the third semester, students take Covering New York City’s Economy and Business, and then choose one of three urban electives: Urban Investigative Reporting, Covering NYC Social Issues, and Urban Environmental Reporting. While NYC is the focus of all the courses, the reporting and analytical skills students develop are of universal relevance and can be applied to other urban areas as well.
Covering City Government and Politics
This course gives students a thorough understanding of how the city is governed – how power is wielded and policy decisions are reached. Using a variety of different media formats, students learn how to produce news and feature reports on the vast New York City government bureaucracy, City Council, and unofficial but key players such as lobbyists, labor unions, business, advocacy groups, and community organizations.
Covering NYC’s Economy and Business
The goal of this course is to help students understand the economic and business forces shaping life in New York City. Students learn about the city’s most important industries and employers, the role of small businesses and immigrant entrepreneurs, and the impact of real estate and economic development. After getting an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of New York City’s economy, students focus on cutting-edge economic issues the city faces.
Instructor: Greg David
Covering New York’s Social Issues
This course teaches students how to produce fresh, compelling stories about critical social issues in New York City, such as education, housing, health, poverty, criminal justice, and race relations. Students learn about the public policies that attempt to address those social issues, different ways to measure the effectiveness of those policies, and how journalists can improve the public’s understanding of these issues.
Urban Investigative Reporting
Each semester, students in this class produce an investigative package of stories that are then published by a community or ethnic media outlet. Previous class projects have focused on the problem of slum landlords in the Bronx and courthouse patronage and were published by City Limits and The Riverdale Press. (The most recent project can be seen in the Urban Showcase section of our website).
Instructor: Tom Robbins
Urban Environmental Reporting
This course is open to both urban and health/science concentration students. Students learn how to produce stories in all formats about the host of environmental problems facing New York City: everything from air and water quality, to rising sea levels from climate change, to renewable energy and waste management.
Places Students Have Interned Or Worked After Graduation
- Daily News and NYDN.com
- News 12
- Washington Post Newsweek Interactive
- Reuters TV
- ABC News
- Crains New York Business
- WKBW-TV (Buffalo)
- CUNY-TV, Brian Lehrer Live
- Bronx News Network
- New York Times
- Christian Science Monitor
- San Francisco Magazine
- City Hall
- WUOT (Knoxville, TN)
- The Oregonian
- WBRE/WYOU (Scranton, PA)
- The Crime Report
- UN Radio
- New York Post
- Norwood News
- City Limits
- New Haven Independent
- Talking Points Memo
- Queens Courier
- The Brooklyn Paper
- Brooklyn Independent TV
- Haitian Times (Port au Prince Bureau)
- WHYY (Philadelphia)
- NBC Local Integrated Media
- The Daily Beast
- Mott Haven Herald
- Hunts Point Express
- CUNY-TV, Brian Lehrer Live
- Citizens Budget Commission
- Bloomberg News
- WENY-TV (Elmira, NY)
- Riverdale Press
- AOL Patch
- The Daily Pilot (LA)
- Jersey Journal