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Newmark J-School Recruits Veterans Through New Fellowship Program

  • By Jacqueline Neber

In an effort to lure veterans to its master’s degree programs, the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is offering exclusive nine-month newsroom fellowships to two vets who enroll next fall in the Class of 2023. Funded by a grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the fellowship program is a collaboration among Craig Newmark, the J-School, Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ), and the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN).

In a further sign of its commitment to training vets, the J-School was a sponsor this fall of the inaugural Military Veterans in Journalism Annual Convention. Newmark J-School joined American University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in presenting at the virtual event.

Jeff Jarvis, the J-School’s Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation and director of its Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, hosted a panel on new business models that aim to help journalists identify their niche, cultivate an audience, develop a revenue portfolio, and more.

“Veterans are public-service minded,“ Jarvis said. “It’s more of a natural fit than I expected. I hope the fellowship is a pilot for similar programs.”

He added that while veterans can receive G.I. Bill benefits to help cover graduate school tuition, finding a job and getting paid is more difficult. “It’s hard to get that first step,” he said. “The idea here is a postgraduate fellowship so veterans can get the experience that really sets them up. If this works well, I’d like to do this with other groups of graduates.”

The school will host information sessions for veterans before the December 17 fellowship application deadline. The two candidates selected for the program will attend the school’s M.A. in Journalism, M.A. in Engagement Journalism, or bilingual M.A. in Journalism program. After graduation, they will spend nine months working in media outlets that are members of the Institute for Nonprofit News, allowing them to build portfolios of journalistic work and extend their professional networks.