Leaders who are resistant to dismantling institutional norms and traditions will be left behind.

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We must continue to hold our leaders accountable when it comes to racial equity in newsrooms. When the coverage about the unjust killings of Black and Brown people in the U.S. begins to fade, that’s when true leadership is exposed. It’s in these moments when the spotlight is off that reveals one’s true commitment to change.

In 2021, I see young and emerging newsroom leaders stepping up and re-centering conversations about news strategy, funding and hiring with equity at the forefront. Journalists who understand and model this will become leaders.

The same has always held true: Newsrooms that do not…


Join us to learn and get inspired about how this group of journalists is reinventing journalism with listening and service to communities at the heart of their work.

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Members of the Class of 2020 in Luis Miguel Echegaray’s Social Media Tools class in the fall, 2019.

Hear from Social Journalism students at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY discuss how they are reaching and serving communities in new, innovative and impactful ways.

This group of students has had to roll with the punches like no other, coming up with creative approaches to engagement journalism in the middle of a pandemic that constrained their ability to gather with the people they serve.

The class of 2020 will deliver their final presentations on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. ET. Register here:

Students will give a 9-minute presentation about the work they’ve done during the program…


Even a pandemic can’t stop us. Doing journalism with, not for, communities.

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Social Journalism students from the class of 2021 recently met Newmark alumna Jesenia De Moya Correa, who reports on the Latinx experience in the Philadelphia region for the Philadelphia Inquirer. (Zoom)

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Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY instructor and social journalism alum Luis Miguel Echegaray adapted his role at Sports Illustrated to better serve his audience during a time when sports were canceled

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Luis Miguel Echegaray is a 2015 Social Journalism graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

Luis Miguel Echegaray is the head of Latino/Hispanic audience for Sports Illustrated and Planet Fútbol. He is a graduate of the Newmark J-School’s 2015 inaugural M.A. in Social Journalism class. He teaches the Social Media Tools course in the Social Journalism program.

We asked Luis to talk a bit about how his worked changed when COVID-19 forced most leagues and teams across the world to suspend play. Here are his responses:

Tell us about your role at Sports Illustrated. Has your role changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and if so, how?

I think it changed in the way that I had to help our organization understand how we’re going to report and engage on stories when sports, or at least…


Collaboration is the future of journalism and here’s what we’re doing about it

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MISSING THEM is an ambitious collaborative journalism project working to memorialize every New Yorker that died due to COVID-19, which has killed over 22,000 residents. Few names, faces and stories have been shared.

By Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Columbia Journalism School and THE CITY

By the time journalists from THE CITY and the Columbia Journalism School started discussing an idea to memorialize every New Yorker that died due to the coronavirus, about 3,000 lives had already been lost.

That was early April. It was a number — even at an early stage — that made the project seem too ambitious for a single newsroom to execute.

As the numbers grew daily, it became clear that remembering every New Yorker who died due to the coronavirus would need to embrace collaboration…


Alumni of the Social Journalism Program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism will share some of the lessons they have learned in meeting information needs

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Photo by Julian Wan on Unsplash

UPDATE: Video of the discussion is up!

In the Social Journalism program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, we believe that journalists must work with, rather than for communities, and that this begins with listening.

Now more than ever, people need relevant critical information that answers their questions and is delivered to them in ways that are reliable and useful. …


Social journalism students, faculty and alumni from the Newmark J-School at CUNY are helping THE CITY engage communities and report on COVID-19

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Mekdela Maskal and Daniel Laplaza, Social Journalism class of ’19, worked with Terry Parris Jr. (back) at The City last summer as engagement interns. Parris Jr. teaches two courses in the Social Journalism program at Newmark J-School.

Even before the pandemic hit, social journalism students and alumni often practiced the engaged journalism techniques they learn in their coursework in New York’s year-old nonprofit local newsroom.

Now, they are helping combat misinformation circulating in local Facebook groups and other platforms, developing resource guides, and helping answer residents’ questions in the American city hardest hit by the coronavirus.

Terry Parris Jr., THE CITY’S Engagement Director, teaches two required social journalism courses at the Newmark J-School at CUNY, serves as an engagement coach, and supervises engagement interns and post-graduate engagement fellows, many of them from Newmark. Prior to coming to…


Learn more about how our Social Journalism alumni are reaching and serving communities during the pandemic. Read on for tips and ideas.

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Around the world, people are posting signs of hope in their windows. Photo by Alex Motoc on Unsplash.

In the Social Journalism program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, we believe that engaged journalists can and do play an important role in providing communities with critical information.

But now more than ever, our students — who are trained in listening, empathizing, understanding and serving communities, and who now work in dozens of newsrooms across the globe — have an heightened responsibility for providing communities with the information they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s also an exciting opportunity for engaged journalists to pioneer new ways of creating journalism that supports communities.

Here are some tools…


A master class in serving communities in new ways

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The Social Journalism class of 2019.

The graduating class of the Social Journalism MA Program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY welcomed journalists, community members, family and friends to campus in December to hear about the engagement strategies they used to reach and impact communities over the course of the past 16 months.

This group of students proved all that is possible when journalists listen first and do journalism with, and not just for, the communities they serve. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house by the time they concluded, and the path that they set will be inspiring to future classes.


A dynamic group of journalists who listen and engage with communities. They offer empathy. They question everything. They’re truth tellers.

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Social Journalism ’20. Photo by Melissa DiPento.

By Alyxaundria Sanford

Listening and empathy are at the heart of social journalism. This group of students will be experimenting with dozens of new tools and methods of engagement to reach diverse communities in meaningful and exciting ways.

Like students who have come before them, these journalists will convene community members together, produce crowdsourced journalism, host listening posts, ask for feedback, experiment with technology to reach audiences, use old-school methods of reaching geographic communities, try text-messaging to reach an audience, craft newsletters, host collaborative projects using art and journalism, and so much more!

This group is thoughtful and creative, and…

Melissa DiPento

Educational Program Coordinator at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Journalism must be engaged, innovative and diverse.

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