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The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is the only publicly supported graduate journalism school in the Northeast. Opened in September 2006 under the leadership of Dean Stephen B. Shepard, former editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek, the School offers a rigorous 16-month Master of Arts in Journalism program that equips students to work in multimedia newsrooms and report in specialty areas. Students learn by doing in the media capital of the world, taught by veteran reporters and editors. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a 125-seat wireless newsroom, digital television and radio studios, and editing suites. A required paid summer internship gives them a head start when they look for jobs.
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 degree in journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is an intensive, three-semester program designed to train 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 print, broadcast, and interactive formats while undergoing rigorous instruction in the traditional 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.
Required courses in the first semester provide a solid grounding in the reporting, writing, broadcast, and interactive skills, as well as the legal and ethical values all journalists must know. In the second semester, students may specialize in print, broadcast, or interactive journalism, but they are also free to mix and match media courses, depending on their interests and career goals. Also in the second semester, all students choose a subject concentration, selecting from Arts & Culture, Business & Economics, Health & Medicine, International, and Urban Reporting. Students take three courses in the concentration that build upon one another – one in the second semester and two in the third. The third semester also includes two media electives. In the fall of 2010, the School is launching a specialized program in entrepreneurial journalism that will add a fourth semester for participants.
To graduate, each student must complete a capstone project, which may be a significant print piece, broadcast project, or web package. 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. Workshops include freelance writing, social media for journalists, and news photography. The School’s web-based NYCity News Service gives all students a chance to have their work distributed to professional media outlets. Broadcast students also get their work aired on CUNY-TV, a 24-hour cable TV station that reaches 2 million viewers.
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/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 in the M.A. program 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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