Jere Hester, creator of the student-powered NYCity News Service at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, has taken on a new role as director of the reporting and writing program.
He will oversee neighborhood-driven introductory Craft of Journalism reporting classes taken by every first-semester student, as well as second-semester classes that include team-produced special projects. He also will be responsible for editing, features and narrative writing courses.
Hester succeeds Associate Professor Wayne Svoboda, who has held the position since the school’s inception in 2006.
Svoboda, an accomplished journalist and a Fulbright scholar, will devote more time to his own writing; his new course, Conflict Reporting, and the development of other curricula. He will continue to teach various reporting and writing courses.
“For those who weren’t here at the beginning, Wayne developed the Craft curriculum before the J-School even opened its doors,” said Dean Sarah Bartlett. “Since then, he has recruited exceptional faculty, helped it evolve, and applied his high standards to other courses such as Feature and Narrative Writing. We are indebted to Wayne for the impressive contributions he has made to the school and every student’s experience here as a result of his tenure in this position.”
Hester, whose other title is director of news products and services, was previously city editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. He also is the author of “Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family.”
“As the person who created our News Service from scratch, Jere is deeply knowledgeable about the skills our students need in order to be effective at generating marketable news stories,” Bartlett said. “The awards on display outside his office are a testament to his extraordinary ability to help students report, write, package and distribute their work.”