Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism

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M.A. in Engagement Journalism

Social journalism is all about finding new ways to serve communities. Our Engagement Journalism M.A. students focus on the skills that are crucial for journalism today: engagement, social video, audience growth, social newsgathering and verification, data, analytics, social media tools, design thinking, product development, and more.

Check out alumni profiles, student projects and information about collaborations with organizations like ProPublica and The Guardian.

Engagement Journalism Medium Page | Engagement Journalism Director Carrie Brown’s Twitter

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Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program

Our new online certificate program helps media entrepreneurs develop niche ventures — from newsletters and podcasts to local news sites — into sustainable businesses.

In 100 days, participants will learn to identify opportunities and build an audience. They will craft business models by exploring market needs and potential revenue opportunities. And they will learn to tell their stories in a compelling way, while building a strong network of colleagues, mentors, and collaborators.


Communities of Practice

Tow-Knight supports ongoing professional communities of practice for the new disciplines that are key to journalism’s future. We’ve seen from our own experience that one-off events and reports can accomplish only so much. From our contacts in the industry and research we conducted on the skills needed by news companies today, we seen that many new job titles have emerged — among them, product development, audience development, social media management, live video production, virtual reality production and internationalization. Tow-Knight works with journalists and researchers to produce research reports that share best practices and news industry surveys.

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News Integrity Initiative

The News Integrity Initiative was launched in 2017 to advance media literacy and increase trust in journalism. It was seeded with $14 million in grants from a coalition of partners, which include Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Ford Foundation, AppNexus, Knight Foundation, Tow Foundation, Betaworks, Mozilla, and Democracy Fund. NII 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.

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Fellows share their experiences developing startup ventures at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.

Engagement Journalism should be about providing a service, said program director Carrie Brown. It is first and foremost about listening, whether communities are brought together by geography or shared interests.

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