Apply Now for Fall 2013


Thank you for your continued interest in the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. We are looking forward to working closely with you over the next few months to fully understand your goals and aspirations as a journalist, and to facilitate your introduction to the J-School program and to the talented, accomplished alumni, students, faculty and staff who make the J-School community a truly exciting environment in which to learn and work.

I hope the information included in this e-newsletter will be helpful to you as you continue to explore the next important steps in your education and in your career. Please call on my colleagues and I at any time if we can be of assistance.


Stephen Dougherty
Assistant Dean
Director of Admissions and Student Affairs

Apply Early

The online Application is not due until January 4, 2013, but we strongly encourage you to begin the process now.

A required part of the application process is the Personal Interview with a CUNY J-School admissions officer or alum. The interview can be accomplished in several ways including in person during a campus visit, at a convenient location near you in conjunction with one of our J-School National Recruitment Tour events, or by SKYPE videoconference, iChat, or telephone. Personal Interviews are available weekdays, evenings, and weekends beginning in November. Please schedule your interview soon with me, or Colleen. Our contact information is listed on the Admissions page of the website.

Spend Time at the J-School

If you haven’t already visited the J-School we encourage you to do so. This fall and winter we have scheduled six Information Sessions to enable you to learn more about the school, tour the facilities, and have your questions about our program answered.

One of the best ways to experience the J-School is to Sit in on a class, where you gain first hand knowledge of what our classes are like, and have the opportunity to talk with students and faculty and see if you fit in. Please review the schedule, then send us an email or call Steve at 646.758.7731 or Colleen at 646.758.7852, indicating the class you would like to sit in on, and the date you prefer. We’ll contact the faculty member to make all the arrangements, then send you an email confirmation with instructions.

Attend an Upcoming Special Event

If you’re interested in attending one of the following events, please email Steve or Colleen.

Thursday, September 13th
Hot Docs Series
A documentary series featuring award-winning films about the most pressing social issues of our day. Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5-8 p.m. The House I Live In, directed by Eugene Jarecki Filmed in more than 20 states, The House I Live In tells the stories of individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs. From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside the criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
Location: Room 308

Thursday, September 20th
NY Press Club Event: An Evening with Pete Hamill
Author, journalist and educator Pete Hamill joins us for an evening of Q&A and stories that are likely to touch more on the present and future of journalism than on Hamill’s prodigious career. Hamill is an accomplished writer, reporter, and editor with stints at every major New York City tabloid. His most recent book, “Tabloid City,” tells the tale of a veteran reporter who quits when his paper converts to a web-only service – but who still has stories to chase. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and chat with one of journalism’s shining stars.
Location: Room 308

Dean Shepard with Norm Pearlstine at the 92nd St. Y

Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer of Bloomberg News, will interview Dean Stephen B. Shepard about the future of journalism in a special evening Sept. 20 at the 92nd St. Y. The event is pegged to the release of Shepard’s book, “Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path From Print To Digital.”
Location: Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Ave. at 92nd St.

Thursday, September 27th
SABEW’s 2012 Fall Conference
For the third straight year, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers will hold its fall conference at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Lex Fenwick, CEO of Dow Jones and Company, will be a keynote speaker at the event, which will take place on Sept. 27 and 28. Other noteworthy figures who will take part are Andrew Ross Sorkin, editor of the Dealbook section of The New York Times; Sree Sreenivasen, chief digital officer at Columbia University and social media expert; and Bethany McLean, author of “The Smartest Guys in the Room,” an account of the Enron debacle in 2001.
Location: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Thursday, October 4th
NY Press Club Event: An Evening with Marty Appel
Author and sports PR whiz Marty Appel will join us during playoff season for an evening of sports banter. An acclaimed master of sports promotion, Appel has written numerous sports-themed books including a recent narrative history, “Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.”He has helped a number of sports luminaries with their own tomes, ghostwriting books for Eric Gregg, Bowie Kuhn, Lee MacPhail, Thurman Munson, and Tom Seaver.
Location: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Tuesday, October 30th
Perspectives: Peter Beinart Interviews David Carr and Dean Stephen Shepard
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE MEDIA? ANOTHER LOOK David Carr, media columnist for The New York Times, and Stephen B. Shepard, dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, join Peter Beinart, author and Daily Beast writer, to consider the future of the media in the digital age. Carr and Shepard are appearing in this follow-up to the Graduate Center’s previous event “What is the Future of the Media?” (which featured Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Jeff Jarvis).
Location: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. between 34th and 35th Streets

Attend a January Academy Class

This January, we will once again be offering an exciting lineup of special January Academy workshops in such subjects as News Photography, Social Media for Journalists, Freelancing, Copy Editing, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Art of the Personal Essay, and Flash. The January Academy is an annual program offering more than two-dozen enrichment courses available exclusively to current students and alumni of the CUNY J-School, and to applicants for admission to the upcoming year’s Class. Classes are short in duration, usually only a day or two; carry no credit, and are taught by experts from the CUNY J-School faculty and from the ranks of working journalists. There is no tuition or fees for current students or applicants. Click here for this past year’s January Academy schedule.

Meet Us On the Road

This fall we will be on the road at Graduate School fairs and journalism related conferences and conventions across the country and around the world including New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and Seattle to name a few. Our Road Trips provide a great opportunity to meet in person near your location to talk over your plans and details about the program. Perhaps you may even like to join us on our reporting.