Visual Journalism

219 West show


Our broadcast students get real hands-on experience while at the Newmark J-School. In Television News Magazine, students produce a monthly magazine show on CUNY-TV called 219West. Students do all the reporting, shooting, writing, and editing for the 30-minute show and then anchor it from our modern, in-house studio.If a monthly deadline isn’t challenging enough, students can sign up for a series of classes to prepare them for local TV, where the daily news cycle means same day deadlines. After a morning meeting, students must do all their reporting and editing in order to broadcast on the NYCity News Service website the same day.



Documania—that’s how The New York Times referred to the proliferation of documentary film that we are seeing not only in theaters but on television, the web, and mobile devices. To meet this demand the Newmark J-School launched a new intensive documentary specialization that allows students to learn all aspects of documentary production while focusing on completing a single doc project during their 16-month course of study for a master’s degree. If you’d like to enroll in this specialization, you can either apply to the program during the regular admissions process for the M.A. in Journalism or transfer in after completing the first semester.



Our photojournalism program blends the enduring power of traditional photo reportage with the realities of the changing media landscape. The program offers intro and advanced courses along with special projects and independent studies.

The independent study option is with The New York Times photographer and Lens Blog co-founder James Estrin.

Photo students routinely submit work to the CUNY Photo Wire. The school is also home to The New York Times Annual Portfolio Review and hosts the judging of the New York Press Photographers Association annual competition.

The journalism school hosts a virtual reality workshop on January 15, 2016. Participants in the workshop shoot and edit virtual reality photos and videos.

Web Video

Our web video program changes nearly every semester just to keep pace with the explosive change in the industry. We offer courses and modules on social video, animation and even memes.

Our core web video course is one of the most popular at the school. Video Features trains students in a form of online video where subjects tell their stories in their own voices, without heavy narration or a reporter on camera.

Student and Alumni Work

“219 West,” our student-produced news magazine show on CUNY-TV

Highlights from student films in our documentary program

“Fear in Trump Territory” Produced by Almudena Total, class of 2010, for Univision and recipient of a 2018 Emmy Award.

“Inside First Street Green Art Park,” by Gurami Jamaspishvili for Social Video class during fall 2018 and published by the Lo-Down.

“Battling Dementia: A Mother and Son’s Incredible Journey,” by Mariana Keller, class of 2011, for NBC News and recipient of a 2018 Emmy Award

Contact Us

Do you have a question about the Visual Journalism specialty? If so, please contact us.

Travis Fox
Director of Visual Journalism