The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is the only publicly supported graduate journalism school in the Northeast. Opened in September 2006, the school offers three Master of Arts degrees.
The M.A. in Journalism is a 16-month program with a unique paid summer internship, the M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism follows the regular curriculum with an extra semester focusing on innovation in the news business, and the 16-month M.A. in Social Journalism recasts the profession as a service to engage communities.
The school also features an M.A. in Journalism with a unique Spanish-language component and a 15-week Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism for working journalists and media professionals.
Students are taught by veteran reporters and editors and learn by doing in the media capital of the world. They also have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a wireless newsroom that can seat up to 200, digital television and radio studios, and editing suites. The required paid summer internship gives M.A. in Journalism students a head start when they look for jobs.
Sarah Bartlett has served as dean since January 2014. She joined CUNY in 2002 as the Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism at Baruch College and moved to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2006 after serving on its founding curriculum committee. She created and oversaw both the Urban Reporting and the Business & Economics subject concentrations and helped found the school’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media.
The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is housed at 219 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, in the former home of the legendary New York Herald Tribune. The school is within short walking distance of many of the nation’s largest media companies. The headquarters of The New York Times is next door.
The Master of Arts in Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism follows an intensive, three-semester curriculum designed to train a diverse group of gifted graduate students for a wide variety of careers in the field of journalism. Through the 45-credit converged curriculum, all students learn to tell stories using visual, print, audio, and interactive formats while undergoing rigorous instruction in the traditional reporting skills, standards, and ethics of journalism. In the second semester, students choose a subject specialty so they can develop an expertise. The faculty is made up of experienced journalists from top media organizations and includes winners of Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy Awards, National Magazine Awards, and many online journalism honors. Classes are small and instruction is personalized.
To graduate, each student must complete a capstone project, which is a significant piece of multimedia journalism. Students also participate in an 8–10 week paid summer internship between their second and third semesters to give them experience in a working news operation. They receive academic credit and a stipend of at least $3,000.
Between the first and second semesters, the school offers optional enrichment seminars in its January Academy. The web-based NYCity News Service gives all students a chance to have their work distributed to professional media outlets.
Students studying for the M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism spend the first three semesters following the regular journalism curriculum. They then continue on for a fourth semester to develop a startup venture while taking five specialized entrepreneurial classes.
The M.A. in Social Journalism degree is focused on the skills that are hot in journalism today, such as engagement, social video, audience growth, social newsgathering and verification, data, analytics, social media tools, design thinking, and more.
The school has several goals in addition to helping diversify the news business by graduating highly accomplished journalists from a broad range of economic and racial and ethnic backgrounds. It is committed to building a sustainable future for journalism by fostering entrepreneurship among its students and industry professionals, working in local neighborhoods and with the ethnic media to help people report on their own communities, and providing training and support for working journalists so they stay current with new technologies and learn new ways to sustain quality reporting.
Students will learn from the best, and they will benefit from marvelous opportunities for internships and hands-on experience. But they will also experience something more: a top-quality education at a public institution renowned for its diversity and its academic excellence. The CUNY Graduate Center, of which the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is a part, is an internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for excellence in public education. A degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism will be a mark of academic and professional excellence in the field of journalism.
For more information about the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, please visit www.journalism.cuny.edu.
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