CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
DEANStephen B. Shepard
ALUMNI ON RECORD90
The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the only public graduate journalism school in the Northeast, opened in 2006 with Stephen B. Shepard, the longtime editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek, as dean. The school’s mission is to provide a high-quality graduate education that will prepare students from diverse backgrounds for successful journalism careers. The intensive 16-month program includes paid professional summer internships. Students are required to learn and work in all media formats while undergoing rigorous instruction in the skills, standards and ethics of journalism. Students specialize in either urban, business, health, arts or international reporting. Scholarships funded by donors have totaled $630,298 in three years and have helped 80 percent of the students to attend.
Philanthropic Support Received FY05 through FY09 — $11,100,000*
The school raises private funds to support scholarships and academic programs.
* Funds raised include a $3-million challenge grant; projected target assumes the challenge funds are raised.
Look Who's Investing in the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
The Sulzberger Family
Before its first students arrived in August 2006, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism received its first major gift, from the sisters of Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times from 1963 to 1992. Judith Sulzberger, Marian Heiskell and Ruth Holmberg, stepped up with a $4-million endowment in honor of their brother. The gift equaled a donation the sisters made to Columbia University’s graduate journalism school. Since 2006, The Punch Sulzberger Scholarship Fund has helped 50 CUNY graduate journalism students of limited means to pay their tuition.
Leonard Tow was a leader in the nascent cable TV business, reaping great financial rewards from the company he built, Century Communications. In 1988, he and his wife, Claire, set up the Tow Foundation. Several years ago, he began worrying that the Internet was undermining the economic model of journalism. His inquiries about what he could do to help led this Brooklyn College alumnus to the new CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. In June 2008, his foundation awarded the school a $3-million challenge grant to establish the Tow Center for Journalistic Innovation. The grant requires the school to raise $3 million in matching funds.
The Barnathan Family
Julius Barnathan, a graduate of Brooklyn College, was one of the great innovators in broadcasting. During a career at ABC that spanned more than 40 years, he helped pioneer such technologies as slow-motion replay, split screens and closed captioning. Nearly 10 years after Barnathan’s death in 1997, his wife, Lorraine, and their three children, Joyce, Daniel and Jacqueline, decided to honor his memory by endowing a scholarship fund at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Their $350,000 contribution has helped support seven students.
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