The Spanish-language Journalism Program is a unique initiative to train bilingual students interested in covering Latino communities in the U.S. or abroad.
With the U.S. Latino population growing in political and cultural influence, and big news corporations launching global strategies to capture Spanish-speaking audiences everywhere, the need for this program is clear.
The concentration benefits from all the CUNY J-School has to offer — the quality of its professors and guest speakers, its cutting-edge curriculum, its combination of traditional and multimedia journalism training, and its startup spirit. Plus, it offers the added advantage of bilingual instruction and the specific focus on covering the Latino experience.
Students in the program follow the standard M.A. in Journalism curriculum with some exceptions: They take five courses in Spanish, including the first and second semester core reporting and writing classes and three subject courses. They also do a required paid summer internship at a Spanish-language or Latino-focused English-language news outlet in the U.S. or abroad.
It’s important to note that there is a separate application process for the M.A. in Journalism degree with the Spanish-language concentration. The program director is Graciela Mochkofsky, an award-winning journalist, author, and teacher.
The CUNY J-School has partnered in this initiative with leading Latino media organizations, including the Spanish newspaper El País; the Argentine media company La Nación, which through ImpreMedia, owns El Diario/La Prensa in New York, La Raza in Chicago, and La Opinión in Los Angeles; Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish-government funded organization that offers extensive Spanish-language instruction; Univision News, the award-winning news division of Communications Inc. (UCI); the NY City news channel NY1 Noticias; The Guardian, and Telemundo.