First Cohort for 2021 Product Immersion Program Announced

  • By Elise Czajkowski

25 journalists from around the Americas will spend two months focusing on product thinking in the newsroom.

A collage of images of each of the 21 participants in the first cohort for 2021 Product Immersion Program.

The Newmark Graduate School of Journalism is pleased to announce the first 2021 cohort of the Product Immersion for Small Newsrooms program. The two-month online training, which starts in January, is designed to teach journalists in small to midsize local news organizations to build, launch, and grow news products that serve audiences’ needs.

The 25 journalists in this cohort live in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the U.S. They work for magazines, newspapers, digital outlets, radio stations, television channels, and other news-related organizations. More than half work in newsrooms with 10 or fewer employees. 

“These exceptional journalists represent our hopes for the future of our industry: Media professionals  who understand the importance of product thinking for the digital transformation of local newsrooms and for their eventual sustainability,” said Marie Gilot, director of J+,  the professional development division of the Newmark J-School. “We can’t wait to get started with the training and give this cohort the tools and techniques they need to make a real change in their newsrooms.”

The program is a collaboration with News Catalyst and the Google News Initiative. All instruction will be in English, and the courses will be a mix of asynchronous and live lectures, discussions, and small-group coaching.

Each week will feature news  professionals with experience as product leaders — in startups, legacy companies, and nonprofits. They’ll be joined by a roster of guest speakers, coaches, and organizers.

There will be two more cohorts of the program, one for journalists in Europe/Middle East/Africa and one in Asia-Pacific; applications for these cohorts will open in 2021. Join our mailing list for updates.

Meet the 2021 Americas cohort of the Product Immersion program.