CUNY Graduate School of Journalism CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:40:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 STATE APPROVES OUR NEW SOCIAL JOURNALISM MASTER’S DEGREE Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:26:29 +0000 The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is thrilled to announce that our Social Journalism master’s degree program has been approved by the New York State Education Department and will kick off its inaugural semester in January 2015.

We welcome applicants who want to join us in recasting journalism as a service that helps communities meet their goals and solve problems. Courses will focus on developing skills in listening to and engaging audiences, data analysis and presentation, social media tools, cutting-edge technology, reporting in ways that encourage participation and diversity, and business.

The new degree program will require one calendar year to complete and will include an intensive, hands-on community practicum in addition to coursework.

Learn more about our program and join our mailing list for more information.

If you’re interested in the new degree, join us on Sunday, Nov. 16 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the CUNY J-School  to meet Dr. Carrie Brown, director of the Social J initiative, hear about the application process and financial aid, and tour the facilities.



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Clips of the Week Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:58:20 +0000 Check out some of our latest links – including Marguerite Ward's Daily News report on a rally against youth violence in the Bronx.]]>
Check out some of our latest links – including Marguerite Ward's Daily News report on a rally against youth violence in the Bronx.

Check out some of our latest links – including Marguerite Ward’s Daily News report on a rally against youth violence in the Bronx.

Check out some of the latest gems from our very busy reporters:

•Laura Bult shared a Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award for her role in a Daily News story about racial disparities in violations handed out by police. Nick Forrester contributed to the paper’s coverage of the Sayreville HS football team arrests. Marguerite Ward reported on a rally against youth violence in the Bronx.

•Camilo Gomez’s look at how strife in Colombia has led to competing definitions of victimhood made Quartz.

•Caroline Lewis reported on meditation’s effect on the brain for WNYC.

•Reed Dunlea interviewed DJ Silent Servant for Vice’s Noisey.

•Kayle Hope’s short film, “Persona,” is set to be shown at BAM’s Puppets on Film Festival.

•Cole Rosengren, on assignment for The Hunts Point Express, reported on the universal pre-kindergarten push’s impact on a Bronx Head Start program.

•More than 30 of our reporters worked with Gotham Gazette, AdaptNY and NY Environment Report on an ongoing crowdsourcing/live-event coverage package tied to the upcoming second anniversary of Sandy.

•If you missed the latest broadcast of 219West TV Magazine, check it out here. Contributors include: Ben Brody, Bianca Flowers, Pearl Macek, Elijah Stewart and Carina Vallentin.

•In case you missed the latest edition of AudioFiles, you can catch up with it on our News Service. Contributors include: Julia Alsop, Sarah Barrett, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Thad Komorowski, Caroline Lewis, Oliver Morrison, Steve Trader, Roxanne Scott and Elijah Stewart.

•Speaking of our News Service… Natalie Abruzzo and Kiratiana Freelon offered an inside glimpse at the Hunts Point Market. Leila Falls and Pearl Macek found some buried treasure on display at a coin collectors confab. Bianca Flowers and Reem Nasr reported on the luxury housing boom.

•Rebecca Bratek’s words and Julius Motal’s photos came together in this Voices of NY piece about a young woman who got temporary immunity from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

•Oliver Morrison covered the New York Burlesque Festival for Our Town.

•Oresti Tsonopoulos took pictures for this New York Times travel piece on Berkeley, CA. He also worked on the video, with a team that included alum Fritzie Andrade. Speaking of our alumni…

•A portion of a 2008 NYCity News Service video by Aisha Al-Muslim andMirva Lempiäinen about the city’s then-new calorie disclosure rule for chain restaurants turned up in an NPR Morning Edition piece about eateries offering more healthful menu items.
Congrats to all – and keep them coming!

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Students Tackle Climate Challenge with Crowdsourcing Initiative Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:31:33 +0000 An ambitious crowdsourcing project on climate change risk in New York includes real-time multimedia reporting from vulnerable communities, data collection on residents’ views, and community engagement efforts via social media.]]>
Student reporters Derek Robert (left) and Reed Dunlea in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (Photo by Jessica Bal, 15)

Student reporters Derek Robert (left) and Reed Dunlea in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (Photo by Jessica Bal, 15)

Fresh to CUNY Graduate Journalism School and with just a few weeks of training under their belts, a team of more than 30 students last week launched an ambitious crowdsourcing project on climate change risk in New York.

The effort includes real-time multimedia reporting from vulnerable communities, crowdsourced data collection on residents’ views, and extensive community engagement efforts via social media. The project will culminate with a reported analysis of how well the city is preparing at-risk areas for the perils of extreme weather and flooding from sea-level rise.

The students, drawn from two interactive classes taught by Associate Professor Adam Glenn, of the school’s interactive faculty, partnered on the special project with public watchdog news site Gotham Gazette, the non-profit NY Environment Report, and Glenn’s AdaptNY project, an experimental news and information hub covering the city’s preparation for climate change.

Teams had prepared for weeks to produce several hours of live reporting on the views of community members from two especially at-risk New York neighborhoods – Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The “Are You Climate Safe?” initiative then officially got underway Oct. 2 with a morning of streaming coverage using the live event coverage platform CoverItLive (you can view the archived live coverage from Red Hook and from the Lower East Side).

On-the-ground news teams reported back from the communities with “person on the street” interviews and reporters’ notebooks, using a combination of stills, audio, video and text.

Research teams, meanwhile, had prepared detailed dossiers on each area, which teams of event producers then peppered throughout the live coverage, along with polls, factoids and insights into the issues challenging the communities.

Wrap-ups team that had already published an advance story on the project, then within a few hours afterwards prepared a detailed followup report of the morning’s findings, including an extensive interactive map of reported material.

And throughout, social media teams encouraged community conversation around an #AreYouClimateSafe hashtag on Twitter, and via two neighborhood Facebook pages, one for Red Hook, the other for the Lower East Side, created especially for the project.

Simultaneously, the student teams began collecting crowdsourcing data on views about climate safety from residents of the two communities. The data is being gathered via an online survey that asks: “Two years after Sandy, do you believe you’re safer.”

The survey form, which will be distributed to residents via both social media promotion and low-tech flyers, also will collect views on a variety of related climate risk issues, as well as extensive demographic data.

Ultimately, the crowdsourced findings, along with reporting from the neighborhoods and the offices of city government, will feed into a detailed analysis on how well the city is preparing these at-risk areas for the perils of extreme weather and flooding from sea-level rise. Those findings will be published on the partner sites later in October.

Gotham Gazette and AdaptNY had once before partnered on a special investigative report about the city’s climate risk preparedness, when in October 2013, they uncovered a disconnect between City Hall planners and some of NY vulnerable communities in the planning for greater climate resilience. That project also involved about a dozen student researchers and reporters, as well as alumni.

To learn more or to take part in the “Are You Climate Safe” project, visit the links below.


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Multimedia Team from The Guardian Racks Up National Emmy Award Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:49:51 +0000 Video storytelling professor Bob Sacha was the videographer on a multimedia piece about the National Security Agency that just won a news & documentary Emmy award.]]>

Adding to an impressive list of accolades, The Guardian’s “NSA Files Decoded” has won an Emmy award in the category of “New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News.”

The videographer for the innovative multimedia piece, which also won a Pulitzer Prize for its report on secret surveillance activities by the National Security Agency, was our own Tow Professor Bob Sacha, who teaches video storytelling at the CUNY J-School.


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“Reinventing TV and Video News” Abounds in Ideas, Tools, and Data Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:44:24 +0000 Reinventing TV and Video News

VICE News Editor-in-Chief Jason Mojica and Professor Jeff Jarvis, who directs the J-School’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, discuss the “VICE voice” at the recent “Reinventing TV and Video News” conference in the newsroom. (Photo by Dave Gershgorn, ’15)

To understand your audience, pay attention to your child. Make something that people love, if you expect to find a business model. And if you’re stuck on an old media barge, grab a kayak and jump ship.

These were just some of the takeaways from the Sept. 19 “Reinventing TV and Video News” event at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where industry leaders and upstarts shared visions and tools for the future of visual journalism.

VICE News Editor-In-Chief Jason Mojica began the day by discussing VICE’s editorial character, which Mojica described as “based on instinct and guts,” in a keynote interview with Jeff Jarvis, director of the J-School’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

Mojica, who identified the quintessential VICE story as Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, said that he values reporting on the immediate and untidy.

Stories “may not fit into the grand narrative,” but aim to capture “a moment in time,” he said. To find them, Mojica said that VICE staff simply speak with each other and pick what they like.

“Do what you believe in, and hopefully…” he said.

Mojica, Jarvis, and the rest of the conference’s attendees converged at a time when traditional TV watching has declined among younger viewers but TV news revenue, especially at local stations, has remained relatively strong.

From 2006 to 2012, the percentage of 18-29 year olds watching TV news fell from 49% to 34%, Amy Mitchell, the director of journalism research at the Pew Research Center, told the event’s audience.On the other hand, Americans’ online video and news video viewership has jumped, with the most recent surveys finding that 53% of smartphone users watch video news on the devices.

Conference presenters were asked for “blue sky” ideas on how to expand the audience for visual news, particularly among younger, digital viewers, and responded with visions for new storytelling models, various social viewing experiences, and ways to use emerging digital technologies.

Adam Ellick, a video journalist at The New York Times, described a template for conveying meaningful footage without the narrative contrivances—supporting elements, transitions—that viewers don’t want.

Edo Segal, the chief executive of bMuse, a media investment and development company, demonstrated how to quickly produce a newscast that blended graphic elements, a viewer poll, clips from different web sources, and a near-live standup using his firm’s TouchCast platform, an iPad, and a portable green screen.

Fred Graver, who leads the TV team at Twitter, imagined a show that would present issues and events from two opposing points of view – one reflecting the unmediated views of online users, the other reported by journalists. His show, which he called “You People,” would “depict the imperfect process of making news” and also ask viewers to choose the winning side – perhaps after learning something about the news they didn’t know to begin with.

“Who are [journalists] to tell me about things?” Graver asked, explaining the show’s function as “deconstructing the news.”

Jason White, who manages Facebook’s strategic partnerships with news and broadcast organizations, also proposed letting users carry more of the story. He suggested tinkering with American Pickers, the show about a pair of traveling antique hunters on History, to make “The American Pickers of News.” Instead of presenting vintage finds from attics and childhood collections, viewers would arrive with stories, sometimes news-related, always personal.

He spoke wondrously about Fast Eddie, and encouraged attendees to Google the Mole Man, characters that the antique-focused Pickers encounter in their search for neat stuff.  News viewers might respond to similar authenticity, he suggested. Digital natives “consume news in feeds,” White said, where a “lack of variety stands out.”

Robert King, senior vice president for SportsCenter and News at ESPN, said live sports broadcasts could include “data layers” for viewers interested in statistics, team playbooks, and gaming – perhaps displaying the likelihood that a player would make a shot and allowing viewers to predict the outcome.

David Dunkley Gyimah, a media scholar at the University of Westminster, urged attendees to “stop making TV news, and start making cinema.” And Adriano Farano, the founder of Watchup, an app to create personalized newscasts, displayed an early version of a “digital living room,” an online space where viewers could discuss news events as if sitting together, family-style.

To conclude the conference, Jarvis asked a panel of industry leaders to discuss the forces driving innovation in visual news.

King said that journalists must prioritize serving their audiences, who are constantly presented with new, appealing experiences online and expect them to be part of the digital sports experience.

He recalled when his pre-teen son discovered a new elevator at the house of his 101-year old great-grandparent, and rode it non-stop during a weekend visit. When father and son returned home, “He goes, ‘Where’s the elevator?’” King said. “That’s audience expectation.”

Jenni Hogan, a former local news anchor who had earlier described connecting with her viewers via Twitter, relayed a description of “large media companies [as] barges going down a river the wrong way.”

Hogan left KIRO in Seattle to found TVInteract, an iPad app that helps anchors communicate with audiences during live broadcasts. She said that leaving her station to develop new tools made her a more nimble agent for change.

“I’m in a kayak now,” Hogan said.

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism students documented the conference, which lasted from noon until 5:45 p.m., with iPhones and DSLR cameras. WNET CEO Neil Shapiro noted their presence, and encouraged them to keep shooting.

Even amateur video, he said, can make powerful TV news, recalling material that a WNET station’s viewers submitted for broadcast.

The footage was “not shot well, the lighting was bad, and there were moments so unbelievably authentic that it didn’t matter.”

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Clips of the Week Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:37:41 +0000 Check out our latest links – including Sarah Mortimer’s City Limits video about a group of wheelchair users who participated in the People’s Climate March.]]>
Check out our latest links – including Sarah Mortimer’s City Limits video about a group of wheelchair users who participated in the People’s Climate March.

Check out our latest links – including Sarah Mortimer’s City Limits video about a group of wheelchair users who participated in the People’s Climate March.

It’s been a busy September. Check out some of the latest links from our reporters:

•Sarah Mortimer’s video about a group of wheelchair users who participated in the People’s Climate March made City Limits.

•A picture Jessica Bal snapped at the march found a home in The Riverdale Press.

•Rania Berrada covered a Bronx contingent at the march for the Mott Haven Herald. Ana Rodriguez wrote about an exhibit featuring the work of 80 visual artists and 30 photographers from across the Bronx.

•Jacob Passy, working for CNBC, reported on how the Russian ban on American chicken backfired.

•Mia Garchitorena covered a protest against anti-Semitism for The Jewish Voice.

•Ali Malito’s story about the coming of .nyc domains made The Wall Street Journal.

•Rosie Goldensohn, on assignment for DNAInfo, revealed that government officials repeatedly renewed the contract of the medical provider for New York’s jails even amid the deaths of four Rikers Island inmates in its care.

•Oresti Tsonopoulos shot video for this New York Times feature about a new Woody Guthrie walking tour.

•Oliver Morrison wrote about the growth of the Birch Coffee chain for Our Town and The Spirit.

•Terence Cullen interviewed Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam for the Daily News. Nick Forrester worked on a story about Ray Rice’s controversial recent visit to his old high school in New Rochelle.

•Nick teamed with Jake Becker, Jason Bisnoff, Madison Hartman, Maddy Perkins and Elijah Stewart on the latest CUNY Sports Report, which examined the NFL’s woes.

•Natalie Abruzzo and Bianca Flowers looked at a Brooklyn non-profit group’s connection to the Ebola crisis in this video for Voices of NY.

•Leila Falls and Reem Nasr, on assignment for the NYCity News Service, reported on a cancer fundraiser. Kiratiana Freelon and Pearl Macek covered Maya Angelou’s memorial service.

Some entries from our Alumni Corner:

•Amanda Hou, working for The Village Voice, interviewed a man who filed a chokehold complaint against the NYPD.

•Adeola Oladele offers her take on news out of Africa on Sahara TV’s “Keeping it Real with Adeola.”

•Kate Pastor worked on this New York Times look at life in Brownsville.

Congrats to all – and keep ‘em coming!

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Knight Foundation Grant of $1.2 Million to Fund New Diversity Initiative Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:00:08 +0000 The program is designed to address the large underrepresentation of minority journalists in newsrooms and will include an expense-paid summer internship and free tuition for select participants.]]>
Joanna Hernandez

Joanna Hernandez

To address the large underrepresentation of minority journalists in newsrooms, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism will launch a diversity initiative that includes an all-expenses-paid, two-month summer internship program for 20 participants and free tuition for five of them to its graduate school. The three-year diversity program is supported by $1.2 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The CUNY J-School will recruit participants from historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, CUNY, the State University of New York (SUNY) and the membership base of associations representing underserved populations, such as the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Native American Journalists Association.

The 20 participants will intern for two months at journalism outlets in New York City, while receiving supplemental instruction from the CUNY J-School’s faculty. Knight funding will cover travel expenses, as well as housing and living costs for the two-month period the students are in New York.

At the end of each summer, five students will be chosen to receive scholarships covering their entire tuition at the CUNY J-School, if they choose to apply and are accepted. They will have two years from the time of their offers to decide if they would like to pursue the graduate school opportunity.

“This program gives deserving students from all over the country the opportunity to receive intensive journalism training in the nation’s top media market,” said Dean Sarah Bartlett. “By strengthening their skills, we enhance their future employment prospects, while helping to increase the diversity of the industry’s newsrooms and our own classrooms.”

“For newsrooms to be able to innovate, they need to include a variety of backgrounds and perspectives; diversity is key to innovation,” said Marie Gilot, Knight Foundation program officer for journalism. “The students who join this program will hone their skills and make key connections, so they are better prepared to meet the demands of some of the best newsrooms in country.”

Joanna Hernandez, who has been the director of career services at the CUNY J-School for the past two years, will lead the initiative. Hernandez is the National Association of Hispanic Journalist’s representative on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) and a former president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity.

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism prepares students from a broad range of economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to produce high-quality journalism at a time of rapid change. It offers a Master of Arts in Journalism and an M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism, and is seeking approval for an M.A. in Social Journalism, which it expects to launch in 2015.

Support for CUNY’s graduate journalism school is one part of Knight’s efforts to encourage newsroom diversity and advance excellence in journalism. The Knight diversity initiative includes previous work with historically black colleges and universities including: journalism programs at Morgan State and Hampton University, the International Center for Journalists “Back to the Newsroom” initiative, sponsorships of annual conferences (National Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists) and more.

For more information on the CUNY J-School’s new diversity initiative, contact Dean Sarah Bartlett at or Joanna Hernandez at



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‘Reinventing TV and Video News’ Speakers Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:24:35 +0000 These visual news innovators will be speaking at the September 19 “Reinventing TV News and Video” conference, sponsored by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism...]]>

These visual news innovators will be speaking at the September 19 “Reinventing TV News and Video” conference, sponsored by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.


Joe Alicata  Joe Alicata is Director of Video Product for Vox Media Inc. He joined recently after a year at Chartbeat as Principal Product Owner and several impressive years as ESPN’s Senior Director of Product Development. At ESPN, Joe led teams that created a variety of innovative desktop/mobile apps and video platforms that vastly expanded the scope of ESPN’s digital presence. His experiences bring a progressive, industry insider’s perspective to his responsibilities leading video across all Vox Media properties. Joe is also a mentor for TechStars NYC, which helps early-stage startup companies achieve accelerated goals over the course of 12 weeks. Joe holds a B.S. in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Hartford.

Steven Alperin  Steve Alperin is the Chief Business Officer at Vocativ, the hot new company using software from the intelligence world to innovate in the news business. He is responsible for the company’s business operations and television programming initiatives. Steve is an executive with an excellent track record driving audience growth and profitability for established media brands and early stage companies. He was responsible for growing into a site serving more than 20 million users. As the Managing Editor in charge of the site, he deployed an innovative social media strategy that generated exponential traffic growth, and his team broke numerous stories that drove the national news agenda.  Revenues for the site doubled under his leadership. Prior to that, Steve worked with Peter Jennings as the Head Writer and Producer for World News Tonight. Steve began his career doing strategic planning at CNN. He is the recipient of the Dupont and Murrow awards for outstanding journalism, and has been recognized with two awards from The Writers Guild of America. He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia and a B.A. in Government from Harvard.

Sarah Bartlett  Sarah Bartlett is the Dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. She joined CUNY in 2002 as the Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism at Baruch College, and moved to the J-School in 2006 after serving on its founding curriculum committee. She created and oversaw both the Urban Reporting and the Business & Economics subject concentrations and helped found the school’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media. For several years, she was also the host of U$A Inc., a half-hour, weekly  show on CUNY-TV, and she remains a board member of CUNY TV’s foundation. Dean Bartlett’s journalism career began in 1979, when she joined a documentary film company in London as a research assistant. In 1981, she returned to the United States and began covering business as a researcher/reporter at Fortune magazine. She then moved to BusinessWeek, where she served as a staff reporter and an associate editor from 1983 to 1988, and an assistant managing editor from 1992 to 1998. She was also a reporter at The New York Times from 1988 to 1992, covering urban affairs, business and financial issues; a contributing editor at Inc. magazine; and the editor-in-chief of Oxygen Media.

Jim Brady  Jim Brady is the CEO of Stomping Ground, a mobile-focused local news startup that will launch its first site, Billy Penn, in Philadelphia this fall. Jim is the former Editor-in-Chief of Digital First Media, where he oversaw the 75 daily newspapers, 292 non-daily publications and 341 online sites that are owned by Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group. Before joining DFM, Jim served as general manager of TBD, a new local news operation dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the Washington, D.C. region that combined the values of traditional journalism and the power of citizen journalism. He joined TBD after more than four years as executive editor of, where he led the site to numerous awards and accolades, including a national Emmy award for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina and a Peabody Award for its “Being a Black Man” series. As general manager of TBD, he was responsible for the business operations and editorial oversight of both and TBD TV, a 24-hour local cable news station. Jim also spent spent more than four years at America Online, serving as Group Programming Director, News & Sports; Executive Director, Editorial Operations; and Vice President, Production & Operations. During his time at AOL, Brady was in charge of the service’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2000 presidential election. He earned a B.A. in Print Journalism from The American University in 1989.

Mark Briggs  Mark Briggs is the author of Entrepreneurial Journalism, a book about the rise of journalism startups and how to create one that was published by CQPress in October 2011. Mark also wrote Journalism 2.0: How to survive and thrive in the digital age, which was published by J-Lab and the Knight Citizen News Network in 2007 and downloaded as a PDF more than 200,000 times in English, Spanish and Portuguese. An updated version of the book, Journalism Next, was published by CQPress in December 2009, and a French translation was released in late 2013. Mark is currently director of digital media for KING5 Television in Seattle and served as a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at The Poynter Institute from 2010-2012. Previously, he co-founded Serra Media, a Seattle-based technology company, and spent nine years running newspaper websites in Everett and Tacoma, Wash. As part of his mission to help journalists transform in the digital age and leverage the power of digital/social/mobile media, Mark has served as a speaker, trainer and consultant for various projects around the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. He spoke at SXSW Interactive in Austin from 2010 through 2013, and in May 2010 was named one of 20 Journalists to Follow by Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Rahul Chopra  Rahul Chopra is the Senior Vice President of Video for News Corporation, where he is responsible for video expansion across all of the company’s properties worldwide. He is also now Chief Revenue Officer of the recently acquired Storyful. Prior to joining News Corp., Mr. Chopra oversaw video globally across Dow Jones, including for WSJ Live, The Wall Street Journal’s video initiative, which generates more than four hours of live video per day and is available on more than 30 platforms, including Apple TV, Roku and YouTube. Mr. Chopra held multiple roles within business development at Dow Jones, primarily focusing on the Journal’s video, mobile and tablet expansion strategy, as well as developing external strategic partnerships to expand reach and distribution. Before joining Dow Jones, he worked in investment banking for several years with Morgan Stanley and Bank of New York. Mr. Chopra holds an M.B.A. from the HEC School of Management in Paris and a B.S. in Economics from Rutgers University.

Adam Davidson  Adam Davidson is co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money and economics writer for the NY Times Magazine. His radio documentary on the housing crisis, “The Giant Pool of Money,” received several major awards, including the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and the Polk. Before Planet Money, he was international business and economics correspondent for NPR and pitched in during crises, such as reporting from Indonesia’s Banda Aceh just after the tsunami, New Orleans post-Katrina, and Paris during the youth riots. Prior to coming to NPR, Davidson was Middle East correspondent for PRI’s Marketplace. He spent a year in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2003 to 2004, producing award-winning reports on corruption in the US occupation. Davidson has also written for The Atlantic, Harper’s, GQ, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines.

Daniel Eilemberg  Daniel Eilemberg was named Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President of Fusion in January 2014.  In this role he oversees all of the company’s digital, mobile, and social media platforms. Before joining Fusion, Daniel founded Animal Politico, Mexico’s first news platform to launch exclusively on Twitter in 2010 and has built it into one of the leading political news and social media properties in the country. Prior to founding Animal Politico, Daniel served as Editor of PODER Magazine, a premier business magazine focusing on influential and innovative leaders in the fields of business and politics. Daniel also served as Editor of Hispanic Magazine and LOFT Magazine, which earned the prestigious Eddie Gold Award for Best Lifestyle Publication at the FOLIO awards. From 2002 to 2005, he worked in the creative department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Daniel is the Founder and Managing Director of the ABC Fellows program. He was most recently a visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Adam B. Ellick  Adam B. Ellick is a Senior Video Journalist at The New York Times who reports on the world in video and print. Towing a backpack and small camera, Ellick has visited more then 70 countries. He witnessed the Asian Tsunami from Indonesia, covered Hugo Chavez’s violent land reforms in Venezuela, and road-tripped across Iran documenting the views of ordinary Iranians. He was the first reporter to “discover” Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in 2009 when he brought her story to the world in a documentary shot over six months alongside her family. Ellick’s coverage of Pakistan was awarded the 2010 Daniel Pearl Award, and he has also won consecutive Overseas Press Club awards. Ellick is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has taught journalism in many countries. For the past year, he worked full-time on a small innovation committee at The Times that published the Innovation Report.

Christian Fahrenbach  Christian Fahrenbach is a journalist and communications strategist from Germany. He was a fellow of the Tow-Knight Program for Entrepreneurial Journalism in 2014 and founded, a series of animated explainers providing the background and context of news. Christian works for various media outlets, including the German wire service dpa, Spiegel Online, and Germany’s most successful journalism crowdfunding project to date, Krautreporter. His work focuses on media startups and the changes in the industry on the East Coast and in Germany. He has a Ph.D. in social science and wrote his thesis about how organizations try to influence the way they are perceived.

Adriano Farano  Adriano Farano is co-founder of Watchup, a startup that reinvents the way we watch news with an app that gives users personalized newscasts. Previously, Adriano was an entrepreneur in residence at StartX, the Palo Alto, California startup accelerator, and a 2011 Knight fellow at Stanford, where he researched new ways to augment the news experience on mobile devices and tablets. He previously served as VP of Business Development at OWNI, which the Online News Association twice awarded the best non-English news site. From 2001 to 2009, Adriano co-founded and ran, a pan-European online media outlet available in six languages with offices in 35 cities. As a journalist, he has worked for Le Figaro, Le Monde, Courrier International, Radio France Culture, Project Syndicate and other media outlets.

Fred Graver  Fred Graver is the Creative lead for the global TV Team at Twitter. The team is responsible for integrating Twitter into broadcasts and networks, extending the reach of shows and talent, innovating new ways of storytelling, and giving millions of Twitter users a new way of enjoying television. Fred’s career spans comedy writing and producing (Late Night With David Letterman, Cheers, In Living Color, Jon Stewart), interactive producing (The MY Vh1 Awards, ZoogDisney), and creating shows that span the Web and television (Best Week Ever). He has seven Emmy Nominations (including one for the post-9/11 “Concert for New York City”) and three Emmys, as well as an NAACP award and a Webby. Fred’s Twitter team also won an Emmy for Technical Achievement for advancing the way TV audiences interact with programming.

David Dunkley Gyimah  David Dunkley Gyimah is a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster. His recently submitted six-year doctoral research is a historical and developmental analysis of mass and evolving media, focusing on a new form called videojournalism-as-cinema. He has worked professionally within radio and TV (the BBC’s Newsnight, Channel 4 News, ABC News South Africa) since 1988, and has received awards including a Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism for his website,, and an award at the International Videojournalism Awards held in Berlin. David is an artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre in London, and Chair of the jury panel for Broadcast Innovation at the Royal Television Society. He has also been a member of Chatham House, or The Royal Institute for International Affairs, for 20 years.

Jenni Hogan  Jenni Hogan is the Chief Media Officer at Tagboard and Founder of TVinteract, an iPad app that allows on-air talent to interact with viewers live. Jenni has been incorporating social media on air for over six years as a talent and specializes in releasing the power of viewers through their mobile devices and second screens. The live shows she has produced and hosted have trended worldwide online while airing in a local market. At Tagboard, she leads broadcast and media strategy, creating tools for on-air hosts and producers to find the best conversations happening live online, then quickly highlight that content and take it to air in seconds. Jenni has also created interactive multi-platform content campaigns targeted at the millennial generation and digitally savvy viewers for Target, GMC, Microsoft and other Fortune 100 companies. The Huffington Post calls her a “visionary in her industry,” and Forbes declared her a “socially savvy journalist” as the most followed local TV personality on social media in America.

Jeff Jarvis  Jeff Jarvis directs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of the upcoming “Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News” and a cohost of the podcast “This Week in Google.” In prior lives, he was a TV critic for TV Guide and People.

Tom Keene  Tom Keene is an editor-at-large for Bloomberg News. He provides an economic and investment perspective to Bloomberg’s various news divisions.  Tom created the chart of the day article and the Bloomberg on the Economy radio show, and he hosts the show “Bloomberg Surveillance” on Bloomberg Television, and co-hosts the radio show of the same name on Bloomberg Radio. Tom also writes about economics, finance and investment on the EconoChat blog for, and he edited Flying on One Engine: The Bloomberg Book of Master Market Economists. Tom is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a member of the CFA Institute, the National Association for Business Economics and The Economic Club of New York.

Rob King  Rob King is Senior Vice President, SportsCenter and News, at ESPN, where he oversees all of ESPN’s newsgathering operations. Previously at ESPN, King was responsible for all content and the overall editorial direction of the company’s leading portfolio of digital and print sports properties, and worked with its many news, information and programming units to develop greater cross-platform integration and development of cross-media franchises. In 2004, as Senior Coordinating Producer, King was responsible for ESPN’s award-winning NBA studio programming; its award-winning nightly series, “Outside the Lines”; and ESPNEWS, its 24-hour sports news television network. Before joining ESPN, King worked as a graphic artist, a reporter, a director of photography, and in various editorial positions for newspapers including the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Fast Company named King among its “Most Creative People 2014.”

Julian March  Julian March is a journalist, cyclist, drummer, father, husband, and Englishman in New York, and a Senior Vice President at NBC News.

Sean Mills  Sean Mills is President of NowThis, a socially distributed video news company. He was previously CEO at Nerve Media and President at The Onion.

Riyaad Minty  Riyaad Minty is the founder of AJ+, the new digital-only experience from the Al Jazeera Media Network based out of San Francisco. Prior to his new role, Riyaad was one of the first employees to join the network’s New Media team in 2006, from which he built network-wide strategy as the Global Head of Social Media.

Jason Mojica  Jason Mojica is the Editor-in-Chief of VICE News. He has been contributing to VICE since 2007. Before joining the company full time in 2011, he worked for Al Jazeera English as a producer on the network’s weekly media analysis program, The Listening Post, and as a field producer for Josh Rushing’s series, On War. Since joining VICE he has produced documentaries for the web and for the company’s Emmy Award-winning HBO series in more than 30 countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, El Salvador, the Philippines, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mojica holds a B.A. in Political Communication from George Washington University.

Matt Mrozinski  Matt Mrozinski is the chief photojournalist at Dispatch Broadcasting Company’s WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, IN, and is also recognized around the globe as the founder/CEO of the popular journalism network known as Storytellers, a learning platform that touts nearly 6,000 professional members who promote and teach one another the craft of video storytelling. As a photojournalist and producer, Mrozinski is a nine-time Emmy award winner, and since 2010, has been named a finalist for the National Press Photographers Association’s Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year award. Every March, Mrozinski teaches journalists from around the world as a faculty member of the legendary NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, OK.  He’s also taught at the Kentucky News Photographers Association Workshop, Seattle University, and the Ignite Your Passion Workshop in St. Paul, MN.

Michael Rosenblum  Michael Rosenblum has promoted video literacy and the rethinking of how television and online video can be made and controlled for more than 25 years. His work has included the complete transitioning of the BBC’s national network (UK) to a video journalist-driven model, and the conversion of the Voice of America from short wave radio to television broadcasting and webcasting. Mr. Rosenblum has also designed and built video journalist-driven news channels around the world, including Time Warner’s NY1 News, Switzerland’s TeleZuri, and Sri Lanka’s SLBC. He has produced or overseen production on more than two thousand hours of programming for both network and cable television, and conducted video-journalist training classes from Thailand to Morocco. Mr. Rosenblum is an adjunct professor of communication at New York University, where he teaches “Television and the Information Revolution,” and is the author of Videojournalismus (Germany) and iPhone Millionaire.

Fred SeibertFred Seibert formed Frederator Studios, an independent TV production company, in 1998. He is the executive producer of six animated series on Nickelodeon’s networks, including The Fairly OddparentsWow! Wow! Wubbzy!, and Random! Cartoons, and is developing animated feature films at Sony Pictures Animation and Paramount Pictures. In 2005, Frederator Studios created the first cartoon network especially for portable digital devices, and in 2012, Frederator Networks, Seibert’s media division, launched Cartoon Hangover, a YouTube distributed channel with original animated series and shorts. Its series, Bravest Warriors, became the most watched scripted series in YouTube’s funded channels project. Before forming Frederator, Seibert was President of Hanna-Barbera; the co-founder of Fred/Alan Inc., a consulting and advertising agency for the TV industry; and the first creative director of MTV. (You can read about his role in the making of that animated, mutating logo here.)

Jason White  Jason White manages Facebook’s partnerships with news organizations. Based in New York City, he works with news and publishing companies on their Facebook strategies, helping them leverage the world’s largest social network to achieve business objectives. This work ranges from platform integration to publishing techniques to on-air tie-ins around special events.

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Clips of the Week Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:26:45 +0000 Check out our reporters' latest work – including this front-page photo Jake Naughton snapped for The New York Times.]]>
Check out our reporters' latest work – including this front-page photo Jake Naughton snapped for The New York Times.

Check out our reporters’ latest work – including this front-page photo Jake Naughton snapped for The New York Times.

The latest links from our reporters include some initial offerings from the Class of ‘15:

•Jake Naughton’s photos – including a front-page shot – accompanied this New York Times story about how one man conquered his fear of swimming.

•Kristen Clark produced and edited this NOVA video about the life of an aquanaut in the world’s only undersea laboratory.

•Ryan Wallerson, on assignment for The Wall Street Journal, wrote about the fan club for the city’s upcoming new soccer team.

•Talk about teamwork: Owen Agnew, Jack D’Isidoro, Patrick Donachie, Kat Long, Catherine Roberts, Helina Selemon, Ryan Wallerson, Marguerite Ward and Zach Wasser combined efforts on this Bronx Bureau report about the city’s expanded pre-kindergarten program.

•Roxanne Scott’s story about Afro-Puerto Rican roots music made NPR’s Latino USA.

•Brian Josephs, on assignment for the Mott Haven Herald, wrote about a summer arts program for children.

•Stefani Kim, working for Native People’s Magazine, wrote about how Brad Pitt’s foundation is building sustainable housing on a Montana reservation.

•Ana Maria Rodriguez covered an immigration-themed Teachout-Wu news conference for Voices of NY.

•Laura Bult worked on this Daily News story about the disproportionate number of summonses handed out in minority communities. Nick Forrester filed a follow-up story about the death of a Staten Island high school football player who collapsed during practice.

•Maddy Perkins, on assignment for On Wall Street, profiled Reggie Wilkes, a former NFL player turned financial adviser.

•Thad Komorowski’s piece about the man behind Disney Records aired on WBGO radio.

•Natalie Fertig produced the photos and video for this Miami Herald front-page package about a fraud scheme.

A few nuggets from our Alumni Corner:

•Carla Astudillo worked on this Star-Ledger package tracking the firepower of New Jersey police departments.

•Nathan Frandino, on assignment for Reuters, shot and produced this piece on tissue biofabrication research.

•Collin Orcutt produced this Sports Illustrated video about how Bob Marley’s son and grandson channeled the family’s streak of passion into football.

Congrats to all – and keep ‘em coming!

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Faculty Members Coates and Richen Make The Root 100 List of Black Influencers Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:14:14 +0000 Journalist-in-Residence Ta-Nehisi Coates ranked No. 1 among African Americans 45 years old and younger who are responsible for the year’s most significant moments and themes.]]>

Ta-Nehisi CoatesDirector_Yoruba-Richen_horizontalCUNY J-School Journalist-in-Residence Ta-Nehisi Coates and Documentary Program Director Yoruba Richen were named to The Root 100 list of African Americans 45 years old and younger who are responsible for the year’s most significant moments and themes.

Coates, who is teaching a narrative writing course this fall, topped the chart at No. 1 — ahead of  a distinguished group that includes such popular media figures as Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, LeBron James, and Queen Latifah.

According to The Root, “His cover story for The Atlantic, ‘The Case for Reparations,’ single-handedly reinvigorated the debate surrounding compensation for what he called the ‘multicentury plunder of black people in America.”…The piece set a single-day record for traffic to and sold out on newsstands, delivering a resounding message that the black experience is not to be ignored.”

Cited for her award-winning documentary, “The New Black,” about the combative relationship among African Americans, the black church, and gay rights, Richen was ranked No. 77. Richen teaches documentary film at the CUNY J-School, where she was awarded one of two prestigious Tow professorships earlier this year.

Founded in 2008 under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root describes itself as the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers. It provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America.

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