Jarvis: “What Stanford and MIT do for technology, we hope we can do for journalism”

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

“What Stanford and MIT do for technology, we hope we can do for journalism.” That’s what Professor Jeff Jarvis stated recently at a special information session about two exciting new programs in Entrepreneurial Journalism that the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is launching over the next year.

The first is a one-semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism aimed at graduate students, mid-career journalists, and media executives. To be offered on a pilot basis this Spring, the five-course module will form the basis of a new Master of Arts in Entrepreneurial Journalism degree program that will start in the 2011-2012 academic year, pending approval by the New York State Education Department.

The core component of both offerings will educate students in innovation and business management, guide them through research into viable economic models for the new digital media, and help them produce plans for sustainable journalistic enterprises. In addition to the incubation of new enterprises and business models for news, the program will provide real-time experience through internships with various startups that could be of use to journalists.

Jarvis said not all participants will be seeking to create a business. Some will take their new entrepreneurial skills, tools, and spirit back to large, established news organizations.

Both the advanced certificate and M.A. programs are outgrowths of the CUNY J-School’s new Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, established this fall with the generous support of The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Center allows the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to take an academic leadership position in the growing field of entrepreneurial journalism.

Jarvis, an internationally known expert in online and collaborative media who directs the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Interactive Journalism Program, is head of the new Tow-Knight Center. He and Jeremy Caplan, who teaches interactive journalism and is Education Director of the Tow-Knight Center, developed the curriculum for the advanced certificate and M.A. degree and will teach in the programs.

To schedule an appointment to discuss details and enrollment procedures relating to the Advanced Certificate or M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism, please contact Assistant Dean Steve Dougherty at stephen.dougherty@journalism.cuny.edu or by phone at 646-758-7731.