Announcing a $1,000 challenge for CUNY undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline: The 2009 CUNY Award for Best New Media Business Plan. Design a hard-headed business plan to launch a profitable, self-sustaining New Media organization that can deliver quality journalism and support a news-gathering operation. The goal is meet the critical challenges posed by the new media â€“ from the Internet to blogs â€“ that are revolutionizing journalism while threatening economic support for the journalistic craft. Marketing and tech- savvy students are especially encouraged to compete. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009. The business plan award will be presented at CUNYâ€™s Journalism, Broadcast and New Media Conference on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at the University Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., at 34th Street, Manhattan. For contest rules and other details, visit http://web.cuny.edu/media09/nmbc.html.