The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today approved the appointment of Professor Sarah Bartlett as Dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The appointment was recommended by Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly after a national search. Professor Bartlett, a leading journalist, author and educator, is a former assistant managing editor of BusinessWeek and a reporter for The New York Times. She held the Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism at Baruch College/CUNY before joining the faculty of the Journalism School. The author of two books and many articles for leading publications, she has also served as editor-in-chief of Oxygen Media and been a contributing editor to Inc. magazine. Professor Bartlett founded both the Urban Reporting and the Business & Economics subject concentrations at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She is currently Director of the School’s Urban Reporting Program, which focuses on the city’s political scene, the local economy and an array of pressing social issues, such as urban poverty, criminal justice, education, health and the environment.
The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism was launched in 2006 and is the only publicly funded graduate program in journalism in the Northeast. Located in Times Square, it offers a three-semester M.A. degree in journalism and a newer M.A. degree in entrepreneurial journalism. Interim Chancellor Kelly stated: “Professor Bartlett has had a very distinguished career as a journalist and an educator. She is well equipped to lead the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and enhance its extraordinarily successful programs at a time when the journalism field is undergoing profound change.”
Professor Bartlett succeeds Stephen B. Shepard, the outgoing founding Dean of the Journalism School, who will step down effective December 31, 2013 and stay on as a University Professor working on special projects at the School. Professor Bartlett began covering business as a researcher/reporter at Fortune magazine, then moved to BusinessWeek, where she was a staff reporter and an associate editor from 1983 to 1988, and an assistant managing editor from 1992 to 1998. She was a reporter at The New York Times from 1988 to 1992, covering urban affairs, as well as business and finance. Professor Bartlett also played a leading role in founding the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the Journalism School in 2012 and is a member of its board of advisors. The Center serves New York’s vibrant group of neighborhood and immigrant-community newspapers and broadcast outlets — some 350 of them, published in more than 50 languages — and offers their staffs training programs in business, technology, and journalism. Along with hundreds of articles, Professor Bartlett has written two books, Schools of Ground Zero: Early Lessons learned in Children’s Environmental Health (2002), co-authored with John Petrarca, and The Money Machine: How KKR Manufactured Power and Profits (1991). She has also hosted U$A Inc., a half-hour, weekly show on CUNY-TV. Professor Bartlett received her B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from the University of Sussex in England.
The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism features an innovative curriculum, a highly regarded faculty, a talented and diverse student body, and a state-of-the-art facility on West 40th Street in a building that formerly housed The New York Herald Tribune, right next door to The New York Times. The School enrolls about 100 new students each fall, about 65% of them women and nearly 40% students of color. The School will graduate its seventh class in December 2013. The School blends the eternal values of traditional journalism, including fine reporting and writing, critical thinking, and ethical values, with the multimedia world of the 21st century. It was among the first to offer a fully converged curriculum that combines traditional journalism with the interactive capacity and technical skills of the new media world. Students specialize in one of five subject concentrations: arts and culture reporting; business and economics; health and science; international; or urban affairs. All students participate in a summer internship program at a media company in the U.S. or abroad, and the students receive a stipend from the school for their internships.
Alumni of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism work at nearly every major news organization in the U.S. and abroad. More than four out of five of its graduates are earning their living in journalism within six months of graduation. In addition, the Journalism School runs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, which trains students and mid-career professionals to develop new products and services for the digital age and conduct research on new business models to sustain quality journalism; and the CUNY Journalism Press, launched in 2012 in partnership with OR Books, which publishes books about journalism in two formats: e-books and print-on-demand paperbacks. The School has raised $25 million for special academic programs and scholarships for deserving students.
The Search Committee for a new Dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism was chaired by Trustee Peter Pantaleo and comprised of trustees, journalism faculty, a student representative, the dean of The Macaulay Honors College, and prominent media leaders representing the School’s advisory board.
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