Independent journalists can apply now to join the sixth cohort of our 100-day online training program

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

From now until February 3, 2023, journalism entrepreneurs can apply to earn an online certificate alongside talented journalists around the globe.

The Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program (EJCP), a 100-day online certificate training program offered by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, is accepting applications from journalists around the world to join the upcoming sixth cohort. The application deadline is February 3, 2023. The program begins on March 21 and ends June 29, 2023.

Independent or employed journalists can apply to develop their own newsletters, podcasts, local sites, and other niche news products. The program empowers journalists to develop entrepreneurial skills while building a product to serve a niche communityParticipants will learn how to refine a product idea, serve and grow an audience, and develop a revenue portfolio to ensure a project’s sustainability. 

“Journalists increasingly recognize the value of expanding their entrepreneurial skills. Those who join us realize that learning to build their own venture, tightening its focus, growing its audience and figuring out its revenue streams will propel them forward in whatever they do after the program concludes. This program provides a launching pad for those looking toward a new chapter in their journalism journey,” said program director Jeremy Caplan. 

Since the program launched in 2020, 127 creators have been selected from about 600 applicants for the first five cohorts. Creators have joined from 37 countries — from Austria, Brazil and China to Poland, Romania, Mongolia to Zimbabwe. Many participants are continuing to build and grow projects

“When I went into the program, I just had an idea,” said Sheeka Sanahori, an alum who launched a newsletter about how people can make travel more sustainable for local communities. “The program really helped me focus on what’s important when you are launching and when you are a solopreneur, like focus and building an audience. I don’t think I would have had the tools and the knowledge to be able to do that had I not gone through EJCP.”

The curriculum allows for live and asynchronous learning in any timezone. It incorporates 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, and revenue expansion. There are also specialized sessions for podcasts and newsletters. 

“I can’t emphasize enough that at the end of the day no one will teach you how to decide what is fulfilling work for you, but the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program was the thing that finally brought it home for me. It gave me practical knowledge about the independent media industry, and I met people who had similar visions and styles who are glad to be my soundboard, or to make recommendations, or just to give me a pep talk,” said program alum Sandra Hannebohm, who created Twice As Good, an independent Black media company that helps you better engage with the news by slowing down.

The program is open to anyone who already has a niche journalism project or idea, or anyone who has identified a community to serve or a problem to solve. Instruction will be in English; fluency is required. Tuition is $4,000 and scholarships are available.

The program is now accepting applications through February 3, 2023 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.

Join the program director and alums for a live online open house to learn more about the program on Wednesday, January 11 at 11 a.m. ET. You’ll  meet the organizing team and learn more about our special plans for the sixth cohort of the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program. RSVP to join our virtual open house.