Centers

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Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism

The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism runs educational programs, conducts research, supports startups, and promotes collaboration among media, academic, technology and business leaders.

The News Integrity Initiative (NII) was launched in 2017 to advance media literacy and increase trust in journalism. The initiative is now focusing its work on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in the news business. The goal is to better integrate journalists of color into the media landscape and promote high-quality civic content that resonates with historically marginalized communities.

Since 2010, our Entrepreneurial Journalism programs have helped more than 130 aspiring journalism entrepreneurs from around the world develop new media ventures, including Narrative.ly, Skillcrush, NK News, How India Lives, and many others. 

Two-thirds of the 24 graduates of our first-in-the-nation Social Journalism M.A. program were working full-time in news within six months of earning their degrees, at organizations such as Sports Illustrated’s Planet Futbol, ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project, and The Tylt.

Through our Communities of Practice program, the Center helps journalists in emerging roles such as news product and audience development, as well as journalism educators, increase their expertise and impact. We also conduct research and convene a variety of events on timely topics.

The Center is led by Jeff Jarvis, a world-renowned journalism educator. It was established with generous support from The Tow Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

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Center for Community and Ethnic Media

The Center for Community and Ethnic Media serves hundreds of media organizations that provide a cultural, political, and educational lifeline to the 37 percent of New York City’s population that is foreign-born.

Other goals are to use education and training to raise journalistic standards, to enhance audience engagement and economic sustainability, and to strengthen cross-cultural understanding by widening the reach of the media outlets.

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McGraw Center for Business Journalism

Financed by a $3 million grant from the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, the McGraw Center was created to support veteran business journalists and train young reporters entering the field.

The Center commissions in-depth stories on serious economic and business topics through the McGraw Fellowships, which provide experienced reporters with $5,000 a month for up to three months. We publish their stories in partnership with established media outlets, as e-books, or through the J-School’s book imprint CUNY Journalism Press. The stories also run on the McGraw Center web site.

The Center also funds scholarships for Newmark J-School students who concentrate in business reporting and holds an annual conference for business reporters and editors.