Between 2012 and 2019, the Center for Community Media (CCM) was called the Center for Community and Ethnic Media (CCEM). It focused exclusively on New York City, serving as a bridge between community and immigrant media outlets, public officials, mainstream media organizations, and the public at large.
Through close interactions with more than 200 media outlets based in the metro area, CCEM elevated the stature of diverse newsrooms, helped community journalists to develop professionally, and promoted a more collaborative media environment. Garry Pierre-Pierre headed the center as its executive director from 2012 to 2014. Karen Pennar and Jehangir Khattak became co-directors in 2015 and served up to 2019.
The Newsmakers Series, its signature program consisting of on-the-record conversations between public officials and journalists in the sector, continues under CCM. See this table for a record of the conversations with public officials, including New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, then-Public Advocate Letitia James and city commissioners. In all, 50 such Newsmakers Q&As were held, including one in 2012, fifteen in 2013, seven in 2014, six in 2015, six in 2016, six in 2017, seven in 2018 and two in 2019.
CCEM published Voices of NY, a site that curated and translated into English the work of scores of community and ethnic publications, and produced original content. In 2019, Voices of NY migrated to City Limits where it has been rebranded as Voices of New York.
CCEM also hosted the Ippies, an annual awards ceremony that honored reporting in English and other languages by community and ethnic outlets. Watch ceremonies from 2014, 2015 and 2016-2018. See this table for the winners from 2012 through 2018.