The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism


CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism opened its doors in September 2006 with a mandate from Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to quickly establish itself as one of the top graduate schools of journalism in the nation.

Students hail from across the country and throughout the world, and many turn down offers from other top journalism schools to attend the new CUNY J-School. In keeping with the School's mission to diversify newsrooms and provide opportunity to those who otherwise could not afford a master’s program, the student body is among the most diverse of any graduate school of journalism in the nation.

In the intensive, three-semester, full-time program, students learn to tell stories across media platforms, using print, broadcast and interactive skills.  Students also select a subject-matter concentration for their reporting (urban affairs, international, business/economics or, arts/culture).  Core required courses cover reporting, writing and research techniques; legal and ethical issues; broadcast essentials; and fundamentals of interactive/online journalism.

A summer internship is required, in which students do work ranging from research to reporting, writing, editing, producing and shooting.  Funding from donors guarantees that all students receive at least $3,000 for the summer.  Students have won rave reviews for their work in internships at ABC News, Bloomberg Television, BusinessWeek.com, the New York Daily News, ESPN The Magazine, NY1 News, The New York Times web video group, Reuters Television, Washingtonpost-Newsweek Interactive and a host of other media outlets.

The NYCity News Service, a web-based service, www.nycitynews service.com, distributes student work to news organizations across the City and beyond.  Students also create content for 30-minute radio podcasts that air on WHCR; for an online magazine, “219 Magazine;” and a weekly TV news show that airs on CUNY TV, “219 West.”

Other distinguishing features of the program include a January enrichment academy offering non-credit workshops and its partnership with CUNY TV, a 24/7 cable outlet reaching 2 million viewers.

Faculty at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the news service editor are all practicing journalists with years of experience on national publications and broadcast outlets; four are Pulitzer Prize winners.

A high percentage of the School’s graduates have been able to secure jobs or paid internships at a broad range of national and local news organizations.