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Applications open for entrepreneurial journalism creators to join fifth cohort of online certificate program

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

The popular 100-day online certificate program for journalism entrepreneurs is now accepting applications through September 6, 2022.

The Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program, a 100-day online certificate program offered by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, is accepting applications for journalists and media creators around the world to join the fifth cohort from October 2022 to February 2023.

Independent journalists can apply to develop newsletters, podcasts, local sites, and other niche news products. The program provides a springboard for new ideas. Journalists learn to identify and sustainably fill gaps in the news ecosystem. They develop business models by analyzing market needs and revenue opportunities.

“I feel enlivened by this class, which has renewed my love for journalism and its values. Fifteen years into my career, I was feeling jaded and ready to switch gears, but now I remember what drew me to it in the first place. The potential to create our own products is so great right now, and this crash course is a great way of sharing that possibility with journalists all over the world,” said Ambreen Ali, an alum of the program who is launching a newsletter about New Jersey’s South Asian community. 

Since the program launched in 2020, 92 creators have been selected from about 500 applicants for the first four cohorts. Creators have joined from 30 countries — from Austria, Brazil and China to Poland, Romania and Zimbabwe. 

A panel at the CUNY Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Photo by Skyler Reid.

“As the media industry fragments, opportunities for individual journalists to break out on their own are alluring — and intimidating. Many are serving underrepresented communities. We need more journalism entrepreneurs. We want to support this emerging generation of creators by helping them carve out sustainable niches,” said program director Jeremy Caplan. 

The curriculum allows for live and asynchronous learning in any timezone. It capitalizes on a variety of online learning methods including workshops, mentorship, readings, videos, coaching sessions, case studies, projects and engaging live discussions. The instructional team features innovators and leaders in the industry with expertise in journalism, product development, community engagement, marketing, revenue expansion, and sustainability. 

“The program more than anything else has given me clarity. I had a seed of an idea, and through the program I now have a sense of how it can develop and how to nurture it. I’m walking away from the program with a clear roadmap on what to do next, from three months out, to possibly years. This program has helped me to see,” said Ayodeji Rotinwa, an EJCP alum creating a media service for emerging African visual artists. 

The program is open to those who already have a niche journalism project as well as  those who have identified a community to serve or a problem to solve. Instruction will be in English; fluency is required. The tuition is $4,000 and multiple scholarships are available.

The program is now accepting applications through September 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To be considered for the program, applicants must submit a short online application. For updates, please register for our mailing list.

Please register for a virtual information session on August 16 at 1 p.m. ET to meet the organizing team and learn more about how to apply for the fifth cohort of the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program.