Since 2010, CUNY’s entrepreneurial program has brought news entrepreneurs to New York for four months to shadow media executives, learn about startups, and develop business models.
However, as the news industry rapidly changes, Jeremy Caplan, the director of teaching at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, decided to revamp the program.
“It’s become possible for individual journalists to branch out and develop their own independent projects and make them into sustainable projects.
“Platforms and user behavior changes that have enabled that. Rather than having to have people think about creating big companies, we can have them focus on creating niche, small, independent ventures.”
The new program is now 100 days long and fully remote, and is supported by a grant from the Facebook Journalism Project. Some media companies, including Substack and LION Publishers are also supporting through scholarships.
Also, lectures are pre-recorded and participants can complete the program in their own time, wherever they are.
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