Launch Your Own Media Startup in New York

  • Join one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial journalism programs.
  • Develop your own venture between January 17 and May 19, 2017.
  • Meet top media innovators from Facebook, Twitter, NYTimes and beyond.
  • Take workshops with top professors and work with a personal mentor and industry coaches to build your own startup.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2016, 11:59pm

Dates

January 17 – May 19, 2017

Cost

$5,065+fees as of Spring 2016 for NY residents

$9,360+fees as of Spring 2016 for non-NY residents

Scholarships

Scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility

Open to top graduates and mid-career professionals in fields that include journalism, technology, business and design

What You’ll Come Away With

  • A New Project of Your Own
  • Valuable Entrepreneurial Experience
  • A Mentor and Strengthened Network
  • A Stronger Understanding of Business
  • Increased Confidence Leading and Presenting

Program Highlights

  • Visit Startups like Twitter, Facebook and Google
  • Present Your Project During Demo Week
  • Meet One-on-One with Experts and Advisors
  • Learn from Entrepreneurs, Educators and Innovators
  • Join a Friendly, Fun International Cohort

Core Classes and Workshops

  • Fundamentals of Business
  • New Business Models for News
  • Entrepreneurial Incubator
  • Startup Mentorship
  • Entrepreneurial Skills

Apply Now

Complete the brief form below to begin applying for the 2017 Tow-Knight Advanced Certificate Program, which runs from January through May of 2017. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

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FAQs

I have more questions. How can I get in touch?

Email us at jeremy.caplan@journalism.cuny.edu or message us on Twitter.

Anything else I need to know?

We would love to have you attend our public events. And there are several ways you can stay connected with the Tow-Knight Center online:

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What about the 2014, 2015 and 2016 fellows?

The 18 fellows in the 2016 cohort came from a total of 12 countries around the world. The 21 fellows in the 2015 cohort came from eight countries and have experience in a wide range of journalism fields. The 2014 fellows hailed from Germany, Slovakia, the U.K., Japan, India, Argentina, Brazil and various U.S. states. They had worked for the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, Bit.ly, Google, and other leading companies.

Who are some of the program’s alumni?

We’re so glad you asked! Check out this video featuring our alumni from the class of 2012 and see whose ideas got seed funding. Read bios about our class of 2011, class of 2012, class of 2013class of 2014 and class of 2015. Notable startups developed by past program participants include Narratively,SkillcrushMandara OnlineBig Girls Small Kitchen, and Informerly.

Is tuition assistance available?

Scholarship assistance is available in some cases for tuition, though we do not have funding for living expenses or travel. For more about fees at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and information about scholarships and financial aid, check out the tuition and fees page.

What are the fees?

As of September 2015, for New York State residents enrolled in the one-semester advanced certificate program offered by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, tuition is $5065 plus fees. For non-New York State residents, tuition is $9360 plus fees.

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

Decisions for the 2017 program will be made on a rolling basis.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are open and accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline for the 2017 fellowship will be July 1, 2016, but we welcome early submissions and will be accepting candidates on a rolling basis.

Can I sit in on a class to see if the fellowship is a good fit for me?

If you’d like to visit a session, send us an email request to info@towknight.org.

What kind of candidate are you looking for?

We welcome applicants with a passion for innovation. We look for people who have a great business idea, who are interested in entrepreneurial journalism, and who have professional experience in journalism, media, design, technology or business.

What is required of applicants?

Minimum requirements include a college degree, English fluency and a tolerance for risk, uncertainty and occasional failure. We thrive on diversity and consider all applicants on the basis of their individual strengths.

What do fellows get upon completion of the program?

Each participant earns an advanced certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism — the first such certificate in the country.

What is expected of fellows?

Students must live in the New York City area during the fellowship in order to attend classes, workshops and events in person. Each fellow develop his or her own entrepreneurial journalism project—generally a journalism or media-related site, app, service or product. Here’s more on the curriculum.

When does it take place?

The next 15-week program will run from January 17 through May 19, 2017. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Startup visits are generally on Fridays. Occasionally, special weekend sessions, independent work, group trips and other events are scheduled at other times during the term.

Where is this fellowship?

The program is based at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, which is located in Manhattan’s Times Square. We share our block with The New York Times.

What’s your mission?

The Center’s mission is to help create a sustainable future for journalism by educating students and mid-career professionals about innovation and entrepreneurship, by researching viable new economic models for digital media and by nurturing journalism startups.

FAQs

How do I apply?

Easy! Fill out the quick pre-application form below to get started, or read the questions below first to find out more about the program.

So, tell me more about this program…

The Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellowship Program is a unique, 15-week intensive immersion into the entrepreneurial process. While developing a startup project, fellows take classroom seminars, visit startups, participate in skill workshops, and work closely with mentors. Every month, fellows present project updates. At the end of the term, they present at a demo day open to invited journalists, investors and select guests.

Watch this video for an overview of the Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellowship experience.

What’s your mission?
The Center’s mission is to help create a sustainable future for journalism by educating students and mid-career professionals about innovation and entrepreneurship, by researching viable new economic models for digital media and by nurturing journalism startups.

Where is this fellowship?
The program is based at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, which is located in Manhattan’s Times Square. We share our block with The New York Times.

When does it take place?

The next 15-week program will run from January 17 through May 19, 2017. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Startup visits are generally on Fridays. Occasionally, special weekend sessions, independent work, group trips and other events are scheduled at other times during the term.

What is expected of fellows?

Students must live in the New York City area during the fellowship in order to attend classes, workshops and events in person. Each fellow develop his or her own entrepreneurial journalism project—generally a journalism or media-related site, app, service or product. Here’s more on the curriculum.

What do fellows get upon completion of the program?

Each participant earns an advanced certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism — the first such certificate in the country.

What is required of applicants?

Minimum requirements include a college degree, English fluency and a tolerance for risk, uncertainty and occasional failure. We thrive on diversity and consider all applicants on the basis of their individual strengths.

What kind of candidate are you looking for?

We welcome applicants with a passion for innovation. We look for people who have a great business idea, who are interested in entrepreneurial journalism, and who have professional experience in journalism, media, design, technology or business.

Can I sit in on a class to see if the fellowship is a good fit for me?

If you’d like to visit a session, send us an email request to info@towknight.org.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are open and accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline for the 2017 fellowship will be in the fall on July 1, 2016, but we welcome early submissions and will be accepting candidates on a rolling basis.

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

Decisions for the 2017 program will be made on a rolling basis.

What are the fees?

As of September 2015, for New York State residents enrolled in the one-semester advanced certificate program offered by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, tuition is $5065 plus fees. For non-New York State residents, tuition is $9360 plus fees.

Is tuition assistance available?

Scholarship assistance is available in some cases for tuition, though we do not have funding for living expenses or travel. For more about fees at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and information about scholarships and financial aid, check out the tuition and fees page.

Who are some of the program’s alumni?

We’re so glad you asked! Check out this video featuring our alumni from the class of 2012 and see whose ideas got seed funding. Read bios about our class of 2011, class of 2012, class of 2013class of 2014 and class of 2015. Notable startups developed by past program participants include Narratively,SkillcrushMandara OnlineBig Girls Small Kitchen, and Informerly.

What about the 2014, 2015 and 2016 fellows?

The 18 fellows in the 2016 cohort came from a total of 12 countries around the world. The 21 fellows in the 2015 cohort came from eight countries and have experience in a wide range of journalism fields. The 2014 fellows hailed from Germany, Slovakia, the U.K., Japan, India, Argentina, Brazil and various U.S. states. They had worked for the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, Bit.ly, Google, and other leading companies.

Anything else I need to know?

We would love to have you attend our public events. And there are several ways you can stay connected with the Tow-Knight Center online:

Facebook

Newsletter

Twitter

Tumblr

Flickr

Pinterest

YouTube

I have more questions. How can I get in touch?

Email us at jeremy.caplan@journalism.cuny.edu or message us on Twitter.