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Empowering journalists and media professionals in all phases of their career with next-level executive, professional, and entrepreneurial training, programs, and events.

We aim to support a new diverse generation of journalism professionals and leaders in transforming their organizations and making the media landscape more equitable. 

We offer immersive, small-group programs that train journalists to drive change. Our goal is to make the industry more sustainable by teaching journalists modern business and product skills, and more entrepreneurial by supporting media creators who are starting or growing their ventures. 

Our initiatives are aimed at newsroom managers, emerging leaders, media creators, and working journalists, with a focus on entrepreneurship, leadership, and an audience-centric approach to product thinking.  

In addition to providing direct access to expert instructors, our programs use a cohort-based approach that encourages peer learning and collaboration. Courses are outcome-oriented, with curricula that are updated regularly and taught by industry leaders from around the world. These local and international cohorts help develop global networks for our students, where diversity, equity, and inclusion run deep. 

Our online and hybrid programs operate with state-of-the-art learning tools. They are designed for maximum accessibility, enhanced learning opportunities, and ongoing interactive engagement. 

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Executive Education

Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership

A select and diverse cohort of news media leaders come together in this year-long hybrid program to acquire the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary to lead transformation in the news business. Classes cover strategy, business models, innovation management, finance for media managers, and product strategy, among other topics. Participants from the editorial, product, tech, and executive wings of media organizations across the globe will meet for weekly online classes and three week-long residencies in NYC. 

Applications for the next cohort open March 1, 2022.

Learn more about the Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership.


Lenfest Constellation News Leadership Initiative

This seven-month fellowship, in collaboration with the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, is a virtual leadership training that has been specifically designed for Philadelphia-area journalists of color pursuing senior roles in local newsrooms and media organizations. 

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Entrepreneurial Programs

Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program

Journalism entrepreneurs embark on a 100-day online journey to develop a newsletter, podcast, local site, or other niche news product serving a community. Each cohort includes journalism creators from around the world —all building their own microventures. Guided by mentors, participants strengthen the skills and knowledge they need to grow their news products and craft business models for their independent projects. 

Applications for the next cohort open in January 2022.

Learn more about the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program. 


Media in Color Creators Lab

Our 90-day virtual program supports California-based media outlets dedicated to communities of color in developing their entrepreneurial skills and building a sustainable business strategy. The program is run in partnership with Media in Color and the Newmark J-School’s Center for Community Media.

Read more about the Media in Color Creators Lab. 


Jumpstart Program for Bulletin Writers

Select writers in the Meta Bulletin Program may participate in a short, custom version of our Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program. Participants work on developing sustainable independent journalism ventures by identifying a niche, building community around a project, and exploring potential revenue streams.


Creators in Residence

Our Creators in Residence support, coach, and mentor media entrepreneurs in the Newmark J-School community, teach workshops, take part in events and convenings, and create case studies on successful niche media and journalism creators. 

Learn more about our Creators in Residence.

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Professional Development

Product Immersion for Small Newsrooms

In this tuition-free, online training program, journalists from small newsrooms learn every phase of product development and management from product leaders around the world. The program is done in partnership with the Google News Initiative and News Catalyst.

Applications for the next cohort open in January 2022. 

Learn more about Product Immersion for Small Newsrooms.


Video Business Accelerator

This tuition-free, online training program helps news organizations design and implement sustainable business strategies around video. With grant funding from the Meta Journalism Project and in partnership with the International Center for Journalists, the program also supports those launching revenue-generating, audience-expanding video projects. 

Learn more about Video Business Accelerator. 


Summer Intensives

Every summer, journalists, and journalism teachers and students — from across the United States and around the globe — come to New York to learn new skills, practice journalism, and network with top professionals for a two-week intensive in the media capital of the world. 

Applications: Coming soon…

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Custom Programs

We custom-build trainings for media organizations seeking cohort-based, immersive programs for their journalists or leadership team. Online, in-person, or hybrid, our programs focus on areas such as culture and management, product thinking, digital transformation, journalism innovation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Designed and taught by our global team of expert staff and instructors, the training is tailored to the specific needs of our clients. 

To request a custom training for your organization or for more information, please contact Marie Gilot, Director of Professional Development, at marie.gilot@journalism.cuny.edu

Events

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J+ events are free and open to members of the professional journalism community. They focus on the future and sustainability of product, editorial, technology, and business within the media industry.  

About the Team

Collage of the profile photos of J+ staff members: Anita Zielina, Marie Gilot, Jeremy Caplan, Luciana Hall-Pearson, Mayuri Mei Lin, Kyle Plantz, Mariana Janjacomo Semenoff, Elina Mosheyeva, Hillary Frey and Ivonne Leow

Led by a diverse team of industry experts, our full-time staff is committed to developing innovative programming that responds to trends in the media industry while also looking ahead to the challenges facing rising leaders in the field. Our staff is joined by an international team of instructors who bring experience from the most successful and visionary media organizations in the world. 

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