Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program

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Those who successfully complete the program will learn to:

  1. Understand market needs and identify their niche by interviewing community members and stakeholders, and conducting market research. Graduates will be able to reflect on the desirability and feasibility of product ideas to assess their potential viability.
  2. Serve and grow an audience. Graduates will know how to apply tactics to build a product, grow a following, to market a project beyond its initial user base, and to engage with their community on an ongoing basis. 
  3. Develop a revenue portfolio by analyzing and testing potential monetization strategies for their new product or initiative. Graduates will also learn to identify tools and platforms for serving a community through  newsletters, podcasts, and digital events or platforms.
  4. Sharpen survival skills like sales and negotiation techniques, cultural competency, collaboration skills, personal finance and self-care and resiliency. Graduates will also refine their ability to present their product ideas clearly and persuasively.


Applications are currently closed. Please join our mailing list to be informed about applications for future cohorts and other opportunities.

Program Curriculum


Understand market needs and revenue opportunities

Product development

Grow a community and build an audience

Sharpen sustainability and survival skills

Develop a revenue portfolio

Entrepreneurial skills






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Justin Hendrix

I’m no stranger to entrepreneurship programs – I taught dozens of them…But this program was very different – designed for mission oriented journalism startups…It gave me structure and a rigorous curriculum to get Tech Policy Press going.

Justin Hendrix
Tech Policy Press

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Janet Otieno

The fellowship took me on a journey that completely revolutionized my thinking about journalism…The program actually gave us all the tools we needed to run African Ringer and turn it into a mini-media empire.

Janet Otieno
Africa Ringer

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Pallavi Sareen

Through this program, I met (virtually) many interesting, passionate journalists…They helped me think of various out-of-the-box ideas for exploring things I would not have otherwise considered.

Pallavi Sareen
The Straight Line


Brandon Sugiyama set out to develop motion graphics resources for journalists, news organizations and documentary filmmakers to empower them to create engaging visual storytelling.

Romina Mella is senior investigative reporter and founding member of IDL-Reporteros, the first digital, non-profit media outlet in Peru wholly dedicated to investigative journalism.

Linda Rath-Wiggins is the co-founder and CEO of Vragments, a Berlin-based VR startup that creates VR experiences in collaboration with newsrooms.


Oct 11, 2023

Media trailblazers join seventh cohort of Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program

Two authors, a classical musician, and a video store owner are among those selected for the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program (EJCP) at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. These 23 journalism entrepreneurs — that currently reside in or are from 16 countries, nations, states or administrative regions around the world — will spend 100 days developing their skills and knowledge to strengthen and grow their niche ventures.


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

Jeremy CaplanJeremy Caplan
Director of Teaching and Learning
Twitter: @jeremycaplan