CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

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City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism
Established May 5, 2004[1]
Type Public journalism school
Dean Stephen B. Shepard
Academic staff 59[2]
Students 94[3]
Location New York City, New York, United States

The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism is a public graduate journalism school located in New York City. One of the 23 institutions comprising the City University of New York, or CUNY, the school opened in 2006.[4] It is the only public graduate school of journalism in the northeastern United States.[5]

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism grants only one degree, the Master of Arts in journalism. The school, which requires students to complete a summer internship at a news organization in order to graduate,[6] places a heavy emphasis on practical skills and hands-on experience. Its faculty is drawn from current and former journalists at The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Nation, NBC Nightly News, and PBS, among others.[2]


The CUNY Board of Trustees approved the Graduate School of Journalism's creation in May 2004.[1] Proposed by CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, the school was to focus on teaching reporting skills and news values at a time when other journalism schools were emphasizing education in academic disciplines such as political science and statistics.

After a search that weighed dozens of journalists and educators,[1] former BusinessWeek editor-in-chief Stephen B. Shepard was chosen as the school's first dean.[7] Goldstein and Shephard had worked together before; as head of CUNY's research foundation, Goldstein helped BusinessWeek formulate its business school rankings in the 1980s.[8] Former New York Daily News editor Pete Hamill was also among those considered.[9]

The school admitted its first class, comprising 57 students, in the fall of 2006.[10] Dean Baquet, former editor of The Los Angeles Times, spoke at the school's first graduation ceremony in December 2007 and received an honorary degree.[11] Veteran broadcast journalist Bill Moyers addressed students at the school's second graduation a year later.[12]


Beside faculty, staff, and administrative, the student body elects representatives to a Governance Council. The by-laws and other relevant materials are on the Governance Council page.


West 40th Street

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is located in Midtown Manhattan, near Times Square. It is housed in the former headquarters of The New York Herald Tribune, which CUNY purchased in August 2004 for $60 million.[13] Renovation of the building cost $10.7 million and took place at the same time that The New York Times was building a new, 52-story office tower to house its headquarters next door.[14]

The campus houses a newsroom with seats for 80, a broadcast studio, several multimedia editing suites, a library and research center with 1,500 books on journalism, as well as numerous classrooms.[15]

In 2006, the school hosted a reunion of about 100 former New York Herald Tribune journalists gathered to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the paper's closing.[16] The school has also provided a space for several professional conferences for journalists, including the Networked Journalism Summit in October 2007,[17] and an October 2008 conference on new business models for news organizations.[18]


The school's three-semester program formerly included media tracks in print, interactive and broadcast, though in March 2009 the requirement to choose a track was removed.[19] It also offers subject concentrations in health/science business/economics, arts/culture, urban, and international reporting. Students participate in a paid summer internship the summer between their second and third semester.

Student life[edit]

In collaboration with the New York Times, students and faculty publish stories to the Local - Fort Greene|Clinton Hill.

The school recently launched a student photoblog. I Snap NY is updated frequently with images captured by students all over New York City.

It also has an online publication for long-form stories, 219 Magazine, named after the building's address.

Short-form and spot news stories appear on the NYCity News Service, which also runs stories written by students.

Students may also contribute stories to the Bronx-based Mott Haven Herald and Hunts Point Express, which are run by faculty member Bernard L. Stein.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Arenson, Karen W. (2004-05-06). "CUNY Preparing to Open Journalism Graduate School". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Faculty". CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Record Enrollment for Class of '12". CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  4. ^ Haberman, Clyde (2006-09-05). "This Just In: Fresh Air Discovered in Journalism's Last Gasps". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  5. ^ Shapiro, Gary (2005-03-07). "CUNY Launches Journalism School". The New York Sun. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Summer Internship". CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  7. ^ Arenson, Karen W. (2004-11-30). "Business Week Editor to Lead CUNY's New Journalism School". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  8. ^ Arenson, Karen W. (2004-11-28). "CUNY is Set to Name Dean of New School of Journalism". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  9. ^ Colford, Paul D. (2004-06-14). "CUNY Passes on Hamill as Dean". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  10. ^ "57 Talented Students from Across U.S. and Abroad". CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  11. ^ "J-School’s First Class Graduates". CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  12. ^ "Class of 2008 Students Get Their Degrees". CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  13. ^ Dunlap, David W. (2004-08-25). "If These Walls Could Publish...; CUNY Puts Journalism Program in Fabled Home of Trib". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  14. ^ Greer, Diane (2006-05-01). "Fitting Out a New J-School". McGraw-Hill Construction. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  15. ^ "Campus & Facilities". CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  16. ^ Wald, Mark (2006-10-09). "Reunion: On the Trib". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  17. ^ Barkin, Dan (2007-10-13). "Gathering the news with you". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2009-05-30. [dead link]
  18. ^ "How will future consumers get their news?". The Los Angeles Times. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-05-30. [dead link]
  19. ^ "What’s a medium?"

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Coordinates: 40°45′19″N 73°59′20″W / 40.75523°N 73.988827°W / 40.75523; -73.988827