Mikhael Simmonds, a multimedia journalist, newsroom trainer, and project director, has been named executive director of the Center for Community Media at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, effective Feb. 1, 2023.
CCM serves as a hub of information, resources, and training aimed at community news organizations that provide essential local coverage for voices and issues that are underrepresented in mainstream media. A 2013 graduate of the Newmark J-School, Simmonds will provide the leadership and strategic vision for CCM’s many programs, which include the Black, Latino, and Asian Media Initiatives and the Advertising Boost Initiative.
Before joining CCM, Simmonds served as the director of new relationships at the Solutions Journalism Network, where he co-led operations, strategy and execution around how SJN trained journalists developed teaching products and coached news outlets.
As a regional manager, he co-developed and managed solutions journalism projects with news partners in Kenya, Nigeria, and the greater United States.
Over the years, Simmonds has worked with outlets such as Democracy Now! and The New York Amsterdam News and NGOs, including the Y International and the U.N. Department of Public Information and NGO Relations.
Mikhael’s community media roots run deep in New York. A graduate of two CUNY colleges, City College of New York in addition to the Newmark J-School, he specialized in international affairs and international reporting. He has also taught reporting classes as an adjunct lecturer at City College and co-founded Harlem Focus, a blog covering community, culture, art, food, and life in and around Harlem.