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TikTok Joins the NYCity News Service as a Platform for News

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

The Newmark J-School’s award-winning NYCity News Service has launched a TikTok account featuring video-driven pieces produced by student journalists.

The account — which can be found @nycitynews — debuted April 8 and features entries by two Class of ‘22 students: Sadie Brown’s look at the booming sneaker resale market and Giselle Medina’s profile of a Bronx empanada entrepreneur giving back to his community.

Both efforts quickly pulled in hundreds of views.


Scores of news outlets — including The Washington Post and NBC News — have taken to TikTok, initially best known for homemade videos featuring dancing and lip-syncing. 

The social media outlet reports over 1 billion active users worldwide per month. The White House recently briefed TikTok creators on the war on Ukraine. New York City Mayor Eric Adams has an account. 

The NYCity News Service, launched in 2007, provides student stories about New York City neighborhoods to professional outlets and produces multimedia special reports, sometimes in collaboration with news organizations.

The News Service has collected scores of honors in local and national journalism competitions run by, among others, the Online News Association, Editor & Publisher,  the Associated Collegiate Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists.