The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism takes seriously its obligation to provide digital media training to alumni, working journalists, academics in the CUNY system, non-profit organizations, and members of the public. The J-School has a multi-pronged approach to professional development education. Here are the major programs:
JANUARY AND AUGUST ACADEMIES
From its inception, the J-School has offered voluntary enrichment workshops during January intersession. The three weeks of mini-courses are attended by our students, alumni, CUNY college undergraduates, and Journalism School applicants. They take such courses as Math for Journalists, Freelancing, Smart Photos with Smart Phones, Using Social Media for Background and Storytelling, Covering Diversity, Travel Writing, and Got Grammar?
In August, we provide three days of introductory workshops to incoming students and applicants to future classes. These sessions include News Photography, Social Media for Journalists, and Art of the Personal Essay.
In the summer of 2014, the J-School is launching a series of two-week intensive workshops for international students, U.S. undergraduates, and high school journalism teachers in digital media skills and reporting and writing in New York City. Attendees will learn such skills as social media and crowd sourcing reporting, smartphone journalism, audio and video storytelling, and photography for the web. U.S. college students and high school teachers may also receive course credits. The program provides housing for out-of-town students in a dormitory on one of CUNY’s Manhattan campuses.
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNALISM
We offer a 15-week Advanced Certificate of Entrepreneurial Journalism program for outstanding mid-career journalists, recent journalism school graduates, and other promising applicants who join our M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism candidates during their fourth semester of study.
These students participate in a comprehensive course of study that focuses on innovative approaches to journalism, business fundamentals, contemporary technology skills, and new business models for news.
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 for Entrepreneurial Journalism to fund further development of their projects.
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We create digital media educational programs tailored to individual editorial groups and nonprofit organizations. Over the past few years, we have done trainings for Hearst Magazines, the United Nations, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Partnership for a Healthier NYC, and dozens of journalists from New York’s community and ethnic publications.
The workshops are taught by an all-star team of J-School faculty members who combine professional expertise and knowledge of the profound changes in the media world with strong teaching abilities.
For information about customized training for your staff, contact Director of Academic Operations Amy Dunkin at 646-758-7826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUNY PUBLISHING INSTITUTE
This annual five-day course on new possibilities in book publishing, for entrepreneurs, industry veterans, and authors, began in June of 2013. It aims to provide a smart, fast, intensive look at what’s happening in the rapidly changing world of book publishing.
LONG-FORM WRITING WORKSHOPS
A number of faculty members have taken at least one workshop session since this program began in 2011, working on essays, magazine nonfiction, and book projects. One book — part-memoir, part how-to on parents using popular culture — was published in 2014. At least three more books are expected to be published in the new few years.