Engagement Journalism event highlights how putting the community’s needs first means addressing injustice and the failings of objectivity in journalism

Allen Arthur, ’16, moderated the panel Movement Journalism — What does it mean to engage communities in service of liberation? “with Cierra Brown Hinton (top right) Ko Bragg (bottom left) and DaLyah Jones.

This month marked a big change for us a the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. After six years as the Social Journalism program, we became the Engagement Journalism program, as we believe that engagement is now a better recognized term in the industry today.

To celebrate the name change and the work of our alumni – and to recognize the impactful work being done in the field – we held our first event on April 9 as “Engagement Journalism.”

You can watch video from each session below:

First, we heard from Philadelphia journalists Sofiya Ballin, Tauhid Chappell, Jesenia…


Join us for a half-day of events on 4/9 on engagement journalism as it continues to evolve

We’re celebrating six years of Engagement Journalism at the Newmark J-School.

Engagement Journalism Event

Join us on Friday, April 9, for an afternoon to celebrate the Engagement Journalism work we do at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, as well as provide a provocative look at the current status and future of engagement journalism as it continues to evolve to become more and more ambitious in its transformation of news that is participatory and centers the needs of historically marginalized or oppressed groups.

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Speakers and events


A pathbreaking program’s new name underscores how its novel approaches can be game changing — for both audiences and journalists

Michaela Román and Jake Wasserman (both far right) are 2020 Engagement Journalism alums.

By Elizabeth Mehren

He had a snappy title for his internship at the Mountain State Spotlight: Inaugural Engagement Reporting Fellow. But what exactly did that mean?

In a hefty document that might serve as a roadmap for this emerging discipline, Jake Wasserman explained how he sought to make engagement an element of every aspect of a startup news outlet in Charleston, W. Va. The news site says “sustained outrage” is part of its core mission.

Point-by-point, in his final report to his colleagues at Mountain State, Wasserman described a kind of journalism premised on being with its audience, not merely…


How THE CITY’s Open Newsroom initiative is creating a “two-way street” of information sharing on issues like food insecurity, tenants rights and unemployment

Community members attend an Open Newsroom meeting at the Red Hook Public Library, July 9, 2019.

By Elise Czajkowski

Audience engagement in journalism can refer to everything from social media outreach to innovative methods of distributing information for greater impact. At THE CITY, a non-profit newsroom covering New York City, one project launched in collaboration with engagement journalism students at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is reframing what local news can look like.

“Oftentimes, local news is parachuting in on some sort of issue around crime, providing no context,” said Terry Parris Jr., Engagement Director at THE CITY. …


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

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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.

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.

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)

Maxwell Adler


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

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

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

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. …

Melissa DiPento

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

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