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Summer Intensives



New York is your classroom! Every class showcases several instructors, including a lead instructor, as well as expert guest speakers. Our specialized teaching methods are expert-led and cohort-based, allowing students to learn from the best in the business while meeting peers from around the world. Our school is located in Times Square, in the heart of the city, with easy subway access to all the landmarks and all the news! 

SKILLS: Digital Skills

July 5-15, 2022


Being a journalist today means being proficient in multimedia skills — social media, fact-checking, audio, data, and new tech. In this two-week program, you will learn to use digital techniques and new technologies to report on the streets of New York and produce compelling and engaging work that gets noticed online. You will:

  • Use your smartphone to interview, photograph, edit and distribute your New York City reporting
  • Maximize your use of social media for reporting and distributing
  • Research and fact-check online like a pro
  • Understand the basics of data analysis and visualization
  • Explore the world of podcasting and audio storytelling
  • Try out new tools and techs like augmented reality, AI bots, and more
  • Practice with frequent hands-on exercises and work on a final project to showcase your new skills
  • Level: All levels

VISUALS: Video and Social Storytelling

July 5-15, 2022


News and media consumers are increasingly turning to visuals to fulfill their information needs. In this two-week program, you will take a deep dive into shooting, editing and producing compelling video and visual pieces that engage audiences on the Web and social media. You will learn to make the most of your own smartphone, as well as free/low cost software. You will learn:

  • The business case for digital video today
  • The building blocks of visual stories for social media
  • How to shoot photos and video with your phone
  • How to shoot and capture good audio and video with a Canon C100 camera
  • An introduction to editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  • An introduction to social video and new video technologies such as VR and drones.
  • Requirements: You will need a smartphone for this class to access social media and record visuals.
  • Level: All levels

INNOVATION: Journalism Innovation

July 19-29, 2022


Audience engagement, Data & metrics, Product management, Project management for journalists… These are not only essential disciplines for the sustainability of the news business, these are also advanced skills that modern journalists need to level up in their career. In this two-week program. You will:

  • Get an overview of digital media innovation and new business models for media
  • Try out audience engagement techniques from audience-centric news organizations
  • Analyze data and metrics to drive newsroom strategy
  • Explore product development and management in a news context
  • Master the basics of project management and team work for journalists
  • Level: Intermediate/Advanced

NYC: Reporting and Writing in New York City  

July 19-29, 2022


New York City is home to many vibrant communities and the most diverse neighborhoods in the world. In this two-week program, you will delve deeply into a community to uncover untold stories through daily real-world assignments. You will focus on reporting and writing, but also touch on multimedia storytelling methods. You will:

  • Decide on a beat and learn to foster a relationship with that community
  • Identify story ideas from research, interviews and analysis
  • Learn to pitch stories
  • Master writing in terms of story elements, structure, grammar and color
  • Find and use data to enhance your storytelling
  • Maximize your smartphone for reporting
  • Use social media to engage your audience
  • Report in New York City for your final project
  • Level: All levels

Our COVID-19 policy

After a two-year hiatus, the Summer Intensives are resuming in person in July 2022 inside the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in New York. Our school currently implements the following health and safety protocols: 

  • All students on campus must be fully vaccinated and will be asked to upload proof of vaccination ahead of time
  • Everyone is required to wear masks inside the school

These protocols are subject to change as the response to the pandemic evolves and we will inform Summer Intensive participants immediately of any such changes. Finally, we will fully refund payments if we need to cancel classes because of COVID-19-related travel or indoor assembly restrictions. 



Our registrants are free to make their own housing arrangements for their stay in New York City (hotel, Airbnb, friend’s couch, etc…) or we offer an option to stay at The Towers, a student dorm at the City University of New York that is available to visitors during the summer. At cost. Space is limited.

Where are The Towers, and how far is it from school?

It is located on the campus of The City College Of New York, a quick 20-minute subway ride to Times Square (where our school is located) on the A train.

What are the rooms like?

The accommodations are double rooms, which means you will share with another person who is also enrolled in the Summer Intensives program. Each double room has a bathroom and a small kitchen area. Towels and bed linens are provided, but kitchen utensils are not. Please plan on bringing plates, silverware, pots, pans, etc., with you or plan to buy them in New York City.

When can we move in? When do we have to move out?

You are permitted to check in the Sunday before your Summer Intensive course begins and must check out the Saturday after the workshop ends.


Summer Intensives are open to any person, 18 or older, interested in learning new skills. Past participants have included undergraduate and graduate students studying communications, media and other related fields, as well as seasoned journalists, media professionals and educators. Participants have come from across the United States and from countries throughout the world.

What previous students said

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I learned a lot from knowledgeable people. The classes were engaging, and they taught me everything I wanted to know.

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The instructor is just brilliant. His schedule for the course was just perfect. I liked the way he did the training for digital storytelling, the lecturers he invited for noon talks. And the daily assignments just helped me gain a deeper understanding for the sessions and made me feel productive during the whole course. I also appreciate other wonderful lecturers as well.

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So grateful to John and all the other professors, including the people who gave us the lectures. They were so generous to share their experiences and knowledge with us. Honestly, I know the journalism field more widely.