Since 2012, CCEM has engaged in numerous activities to highlight the work of non-mainstream community and ethnic media outlets in the NYC metropolitan area and to connect journalists from this media with sources, including city officials, through briefings. Research and convenings sponsored by CCEM also help this media to address issues of sustainability.

In June 2018, Sarah Bartlett, Dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, said that CCEM would begin to broaden its focus in the wake of the closing late last year of New America Media in San Francisco. Daniela Gerson, an assistant professor of journalism at California State University, Northridge, also known as CSUN, has been named the new West Coast executive director for CCEM. Gerson speaks five languages and has extensive experience reporting on immigrant communities, having helped create a trilingual local news outlet, the Alhambra Source. In January of last year, when the first travel ban went into effect, she co-launched a newsletter called “Migratory Notes.”

The Center has received support and funding, since its inception in 2012, from the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, News Corp, the Revson Foundation, the Democracy Fund and private family foundations. The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is also generously supporting the digital training programs offered by CCEM to community and ethnic media journalists.