Our goal is to teach students the values, traditions and skills to practice the art of journalism in our dynamic, fast-changing media landscape. They learn to ask questions, gather information, understand the news cycle and shape the public conversation. They are taught to organize and present information in clear, compelling, creative ways across various media platforms.
The CCNY journalism program is a minor, which allows flexibility and options. Some students become professional journalists--reporters, columnists, authors, magazine editors, producers, documentary filmmakers, and digital and social networking specialists—at media outlets across the country and around the world. Others continue to graduate school for deeper, more concentrated training. And still others learn to think, write and create content like journalists and take their training into fields such as public relations, advertising, medicine, science, law, government, teaching, politics, business and the arts.
Our program is ideally located in the media capital of the world and in the vibrant neighborhood of Harlem. We draw upon the rich resources of the city and the diversity of our community to enlighten and challenge our students. They use New York City as a laboratory, exploring the city’s neighborhoods, government, art and culture. They have frequent contact with working journalists, industry professionals and community leaders who offer opportunities for networking, mentoring and internships. We also provide students with hands-on experience as reporters, editors, designers and photographers for our award-winning newsmagazine, The Campus, and its companion website. Students also contribute to the ethnic publication, The Paper, and at our state-of-the-art radio station, WHCR 90.3 FM, the Voice of Harlem.
Finally, we encourage students to honor and celebrate their own diverse backgrounds, neighborhoods, life struggles, and storytelling traditions. Our hope is to introduce new voices and new perspectives into the mainstream, and to enrich our public discourse.