"I made the best decision in my life to push back graduation and discover my passion for journalism. I would have never expected to have an amazing experience my last year of college. Journalism taught me so much about myself and led me to discover things I didn't know I was capable of doing like working with audio or creating informational graphics. It also made me realize how my love for writing could be impactful.”
Astra Rincon Montanez, Class of 2023
Journalism at The City College of New York is in the process of becoming a major concentration for a B.A. in Communications. Our program is the home of the NBCU Fellows Academy, which provides journalism students with stipends and the benefits of special workshops and classes. Professional journalists teach all of our classes and encourage students to learn to report, write, produce video and audio stories about their communities. Our award-winning website HarlemView features student work from our classes and our students consistently win awards. We are the only college in the CUNY system where staffers from Reveal/from The Center for Investigative Reporting teach a podcasting course. We are also one of the few journalism programs in the U.S. chosen by the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) to teach free workshops to our students.
Our students win awards. For the third year in a row journalism students were winners in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards in the Northeast Region for Best News Videography and Best Feature Videography. Maricela Niola won for her story about Brooklyn Street vendors trying to recover from the pandemic and Gary Hilborn won for his story about a group that provides services for older LGBTQ people in Harlem.
Journalism at City College shares a mission with journalists in New York City, throughout the U.S. and the world to report and tell truthful stories with meaning and impact. This is a difficult time in our nation's history as we struggle with political turmoil, environmental danger, demands for racial and social equity and a pandemic that continues to take lives and upend the way we live.
Journalism at City College gives students the opportunity to use New York City as a laboratory to explore issues and cover their communities, the arts and culture. Award-winning professionals provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to get internships and jobs and become knowledgeable news consumers and informed citizens
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Journalism Program:
What’s the best time to take journalism classes?
We suggest that you enroll in MCA 101 Introduction to Media during your sophomore year.
That gives you a chance to get a broader view of media and journalism. You must take this required course before you get approval to enroll in Introduction to Journalism and the courses that follow in our sequence.
How many credits are required?
You need 18 credits to complete the journalism minor. This includes four required three-credit courses and two electives.
Can I do an internship?
We encourage students to do at least one internship for academic credit.
If you want to declare a minor in journalism go to iDeclare and follow these steps:
How to Use i-Declare
- Go to City Central at: https://central.ccny.cuny.edu/index.php.
- Log in using your CCNY username and password. ...
- Click on "My CCNY" and pick "i-Declare".
- Click "No" to Are you a Macauley student"
- Click on the box next to Minor
- Click on the box next to Add/Change plan
- Choose College of Liberal Art (Division of Humanities and the Arts)
- Choose Minor Journalism