In September 2010, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism established itself as a leader in the emerging field of entrepreneurial journalism with the creation of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism along with the nation’s first Master of Arts in Entrepreneurial Journalism.
Our goal is to help create a sustainable future for quality journalism. We believe that future will be shaped by entrepreneurs who develop new business models and innovative projects – either working on their own, with startups, or within traditional media companies.
Students pursuing the M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism study the fundamentals of reporting, writing, and multimedia for three semesters and, in their fourth semester, participate in a comprehensive entrepreneurial journalism course of study that focuses on innovative approaches to journalism, business fundamentals, contemporary technology skills, and new business models for news. By the end of the term, each student will develop his or her own startup project, in close consultation with faculty advisers and expert mentors. On the last day of class, students present their business plans and compete for awards from the Tow-Knight Center to fund further development of their projects.
We also offer a 15-week Advanced Certificate of Entrepreneurial Journalism program for outstanding mid-career journalists, recent journalism school graduates, and other promising applicants who join our M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism candidates during their fourth semester of study.
How to Apply
It’s easy! Just submit the 2017 application at towknight.org/apply, which also has answers to common questions about the program.
What kind of candidate are you looking for?
We love people who have a) passion for an idea b) an interest in entrepreneurial journalism and c) professional experience in either journalism, media, technology or business. Minimum requirements include a college degree, English fluency and a tolerance for risk, uncertainty and occasional failure. We thrive on diversity and consider all applicants on the basis of their individual strengths.
When are applications due?
Applications are due July 1, 2016 at 11 p.m., but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
Decisions about the 2017 cohort will be made during the late summer of 2016. Applicants will receive an initial response as soon as possible after submitting a completed application.
More on the Entrepreneurial Journalism Program:
- Explore the core curriculum.
- Review the requirements for an M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism.
- Study with our top-flight faculty.
- Meet the Class of 2012 and the Class of 2013
- Visit towknight.org for the latest Entrepreneurial Journalism news and events