Newmark J-School’s new online program for Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators helps independent journalists develop newsletters, podcasts, local sites, and other niche news products.
The new 100-day online certificate program launched in 2020 to serve creative thinkers building their own microventures around the world. Our goal is to provide a springboard for new ideas. Participants, whether independent or employed at media companies, learn to identify and sustainably fill gaps in the news ecosystem. They craft business models by analyzing market needs and revenue opportunities.
The curriculum allows for live and asynchronous learning in any timezone — with an understanding that participants may have personal or professional obligations that require schedule flexibility. The program relies on a variety of online learning methods including workshops, mentorship, readings, videos, coaching sessions, case studies, projects and engaging live discussions.
The all-star instructional team features innovators with expertise in journalism, product development, community engagement, marketing, revenue expansion, and sustainability. Participants also benefit from the experience of a graduate journalism school that created the nation’s first master’s degree and advanced certificate programs in entrepreneurial journalism in 2010, and over the course of a decade, served 130 journalism entrepreneurs from 37 countries. Since the program launched in 2020, 92 creators have been selected from about 500 applicants for the first four cohorts. Creators have joined from 30 countries — from Austria, Brazil and China to Poland, Romania and Zimbabwe.
We need more journalism entrepreneurs. We need more of them to come from and cater to underrepresented communities, and we need them to be able to earn a living through their ventures. We see an opportunity to shape, support, and serve this emerging, diverse group of “armies of one” by helping them with the complex process of carving out a sustainable niche for their product.
Join us in helping reshape the next generation of journalism entrepreneurship.
You can read about our program on Nieman Lab and Poynter and read about Why We Launched the Program on our Medium page.
Applications are now closed for our Spring 2023 cohort. We will open applications again in the summer for the Fall 2023 cohort.