CUNY Begins National Search For J-School Dean

May 17, 2013 | The University

A national search has begun for a new academic leader for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which has emerged as one of the leading journalism schools in the country less than a decade after its founding, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein has announced.

Trustee Peter Pantaleo is chair of the search committee for a new dean, which includes trustees, faculty, students, alumni and several distinguished journalists who serve on the School’s board of advisors.

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is the only publicly funded graduate program in journalism in the Northeast. It was among the first to offer a fully converged curriculum that blends traditional journalism with the multimedia, interactive, and technical skills of the new media world. Students also specialize in one of five subject concentrations: arts and culture, business and economics, health and science, international, or urban reporting. The School occupies state-of-the-art facilities on West 40th Street near Times Square, in a building next to The New York Times that formerly housed the New York Herald Tribune.

Chancellor Goldstein said: “CUNY’s pioneering Graduate School of Journalism is an extraordinary program with a world-class-faculty that combines the eternal values of traditional journalism, including fine reporting and writing, critical thinking, and ethical values, with the new multimedia, interactive possibilities of the 21st century.”

The School was opened in September 2006 under the leadership of Founding Dean Stephen B. Shepard, former editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek magazine and a graduate of the City College of New York (Class of 1961). Dean Shepard announced in February that he would step down, effective Dec. 31, 2013. He will stay on as a University Professor, working on special projects such as the CUNY Journalism Press.

The School graduated its sixth class in December, 2012. Since its founding, more than $25 million has been raised for special academic programs and scholarships. The CUNY J-School offers an intensive 16-month Master of Arts in Journalism program that includes a required paid professional summer internship and an extensive January Academy enrichment workshop series. The School also offers an M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism. About 100 new students enroll each fall, about 65% of them women and nearly 40% students of color. Some 32% come from underrepresented groups, and 41% are non-New York State residents, including 10 from countries outside the U.S. Their average age is 27.

Beyond its basic programs, the School runs two centers and a book publishing imprint:
* The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism trains students and mid-career professionals to develop products and services for the digital age and conduct research on new business models to sustain quality journalism.
* The Center for Community and Ethnic Media, launched in 2012, serves New York’s vibrant neighborhood and immigrant-community newspapers and broadcast outlets -– some 350 of them, published in more than 50 languages. The Center offers their staffs training programs in business, technology, and journalism.
* CUNY Journalism Press, launched in 2012 in partnership with OR Books, publishes books about journalism in two formats: e-books and print-on-demand paperbacks.

Located in midtown Manhattan, the School is just one block from Times Square and next door to The New York Times. With dozens of media outlets within walking distance and the whole of New York City just a subway ride away, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism could not be more ideally located.

In addition to the plentiful resources of New York City, the School itself boasts state-of-the-art media technology and a superb faculty composed of industry professionals and veteran journalists who have chosen to bring their expertise to the classroom.

Students have daily contact with working journalists, developing mentoring relationships and making the connections that will guide them both in and out of the classroom. Students also participate in professional internships across the city and the world, gaining the hands-on experience that is so important during that first crucial job search.

About The City University of New York:
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University is comprised of 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. The University serves more than 269,000 degree credit students and 218,083 adult, continuing and professional education students.College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. Nearly 3 million unique visitors and 10 million page views are served each month via www.cuny.edu, the University’s website.
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