Creating new projects, developing leaders and injecting new energy into the world of journalism.
About the Program
In September 2010, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism established itself as a leader in the emerging field of entrepreneurial journalism with the creation of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, funded by grants from The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Our goal is to help create a sustainable future for quality journalism. We believe that future will be shaped by entrepreneurs who develop new business models and innovative projects – either working on their own, with startups, or within traditional media companies.
Toward that end, we are pursuing our educational mission by offering both an Advanced Certificate program for outstanding mid-career journalists, recent journalism school graduates, and other promising applicants, as well as the nation’s first Master of Arts degree in Entrepreneurial Journalism.
The one-semester Advanced Certificate program focuses on innovative approaches to journalism, business fundamentals, contemporary technology skills, and new business models for news. Students pursuing the M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism study the fundamentals of reporting, writing, and multimedia for three semesters and, in their fourth semester, join certificate candidates in the comprehensive Entrepreneurial Journalism course of study.
By the end of the term, each student will develop his or her own startup project, in close consultation with faculty advisers and expert mentors. On the last day of class, students present their business plans and compete for awards from the Tow-Knight Center to fund further development of their projects.
“This program aims to spark innovation and ensure the future of quality journalism,” says Jeff Jarvis, Director of the Tow-Knight Center. “We’re dedicated to training the next generation of media leaders and entrepreneurs.”