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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. It later refocused its work on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in the news business. While NII no longer exists as a stand-alone entity, its work on DEI continues as part of other programs at the Newmark J-School.

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

Two-thirds of the 24 graduates of our first-in-the-nation Engagement 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 Media

The mission of CCM is to serve news organizations that provide essential local coverage for populations whose voices and issues are underrepresented in mainstream media. The Center serves as a hub of information, resources, and training aimed at increasing the sustainability of this news media sector.


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.