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Summer Intensives

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.


Ginger Adams Otis

Ginger Adams Otis

Lead Instructor – NYC: Reporting and Writing in New York City

Ginger Otis covers breaking news for the Wall Street Journal and teaches reporting and writing at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Previously, she worked at the New York Daily News as a senior reporter, editor and Metro Editor. She also contributed work to the BBC, the NY Post, WNYC/NPR and the Associated Press, and is the author of “Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest.” Ginger will teach the classes with various instructors and guest speakers.

John Smock

John Smock

Lead Instructor – VISUALS: Video and Social Storytelling

John Smock is the Director of Photojournalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. He is a photojournalist who works for SIPA, a photo agency with offices in New York and Paris, and for the Associated Press. His work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and John will teach the classes with Kayle Hope, Marco Poggio and various guest speakers.

Anita Zielina

Lead Instructor – INNOVATION: Journalism Innovation

Anita Zielina is the Director of Leadership and Innovation at CUNY’s Newmark J-School in NYC, where she runs executive education and leadership programs. Before that, she was a senior executive charged with driving digital transformation, product and business innovation in several media organizations, including Switzerland’s NZZ Media group, Germany’s Stern and Austria’s Der Standard. She is a JSK Stanford fellowship alumna, a Oxford Reuters Institute alumna, and holds a law degree from University of Vienna and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

Delia Paunescu

Delia Paunescu

Lead Instructor – SKILLS: Digital Skills

Delia Paunescu is the senior pop culture producer at Brut. America and teaches Advanced Social Media for journalism and personal branding at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Previously, she was engagement manager at Vox Media, a senior producer at NowThis and held various social media positions at Newsday, the New York Post and other outlets.

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.