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Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership

Empowering News Media Leaders of the Future.

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The alumni of our Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of how to build and execute a product strategy.
  • Understand the market forces that impact the business model of journalism and know how to develop new revenue models, business plans and growth strategies.
  • Learn how to foster a data-driven mindset to drive audience-centric innovation.
  • Understand and apply industry best practices in organizational structure, revenue models and innovation management.
  • Strengthen their leadership skills to attract and retain diverse talent and manage interdisciplinary teams.
  • Become more effective in how to drive change and manage transformation in their news organization.
  • Build lasting relationships with their cohort, the Newmark J-School community, and the NYC media innovation ecosystem.
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How to Apply

Applications for the 2021 cohort are now open.

In addition to a non-refundable $75 application fee, applicants will be expected to provide:

  • two letters of recommendation from people who can speak of their leadership skills and potential
  • a resume
  • a letter of intent of up to 1,000 words explaining what makes them a good candidate for this program

Participants who make it through the first round will be scheduled for a video call with the program director.


The program runs from May 17, 2021 to April 8, 2022. Weekly classes take place Thursdays in the morning (Eastern Time) and are video-recorded in case a participant can’t join in person. Residencies in NYC are scheduled to take place October 25-November 5, 2021 and April 4-8, 2022. Commencement will be held after the end of the last residency. Participants are encouraged to arrive in New York the Sunday before the start of each residency as classes run weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the case in-person classes are not possible due to COVID-19, classes will be held online.



The Business of Journalism

Product Management and Development

Revenue Models and Business Development

Managing Technology and Innovation

Strategy and Execution

Audience, Data, Marketing and Metrics

Managing Culture and Change

Teams, Structures and Diversity


Media and Innovation Ethics

Leading with Resilience

Managerial Decision Making

Leadership Communication

User-centered Design


Capstone Project

Coaching and Mentoring

Networking, Events, Fireside Chats and Company Visits

2020 Cohort

Susanne Amann's profile

Susanne Amann

Managing Editor

Ana Arriagada'profile

Ana Arriagada

Cofounder and Executive Director
El Soberano

Thierry Backes'profile

Thierry Backes

Managing Editor
Süddeutsche Zeitung

Lauren Berry's profile

Lauren Berry

Global Managing Editor for Data-Driven News and Deputy NYC Bureau Chief
Bloomberg LP

Kim Bui of the Arizona Republic.

P. Kim Bui

Director of Audience Innovation
Arizona Republic

Rosy Catanach's profile

Rosy Catanach

Vice President of Product, Publishing
The New York Times

Styli Charalambous' profile

Styli Charalambous

CEO and Publisher
Daily Maverick

Jonah Comstock's profile

Jonah Comstock

Director of Content Developer and Editor-in-Chief

Alexander Droessler's profile

Alexander Droessler

Digital Transformation & Product

Ethar El-Katatney's profile

Ethar El-Katatney

Former Young Audiences Editor
The Wall Street Journal

Daisuke Furuta's profile

Daisuke Furuta

Google News Lab Teaching Fellow

Maye Primera's profile

Maye Primera

Researcher / Producer
NBCU Universal / Telemundo Enterprises

Abbie Scott's profile

Abbie Scott

Deputy Managing Editor
Financial Times

Almudena Toral's profile

Almudena Toral

Executive Producer

Graham Watson-Ringo's profile

Graham Watson-Ringo

Managing Editor
San Antonio Report 

Mary Wilson's profile

Mary Wilson

Director of Communication and Engagement
A + Colorado

Contact Us

Do you have a question about our executive program? If so, please contact us.

Anita Zielina
Director of Strategic Initiatives
(Twitter) @Zielina

Melissa DiPento
Program Coordinator
(Twitter) @mdipento

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