February 26, 2014 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism’s 2014 fellowship program has kicked off with an enthusiastic, highly skilled group of journalists. A Fulbright scholar from Argentina and professionals from Japan, Germany, India, Brazil, England and Slovakia are among the 15 members of this year’s cohort.
“We are thrilled to have identified this talented group of journalists excited about developing entrepreneurial projects,” says Director of Education Jeremy Caplan. “In this era of tremendous technological and economic change, our fellows contribute to the evolution of media. We are confident they will innovate new business models that help mold the future of the industry.”
Within the first weeks of the program, Tow-Knight fellows visited Mashable, RebelMouse, Buzzfeed, AOL, and Kickstarter, where they met with leaders in New York’s startup ecosystem. They have already begun sharing their own expertise with classmates by giving formal presentations.
Fellows with existing startups such as Pitch Me, Bushwick Daily and Brick City Live are refining their ventures and working on new revenue streams. Their colleagues are developing new projects that aim to:
- explain complex news stories with simple videos
- track news trends through social media hashtags
- enable sports fans to create customized tracking services for their favorite social media sports topics
- develop a template for monetizing hyperlocal sites
Students will earn an Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism after 15 weeks of classroom study, workshops, intensive mentoring, apprenticeships and immersion in the local startup scene through events and meetings with digital media executives.