Chad Bernhard, senior audio engineer at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism sets the mic for Isseu Diouf at the audio storytelling training held on May 6, 2017. Photo by Julius Motal

To help community and ethnic media gain reporting knowledge and skills as well as business savvy, the Center has since 2014 held nearly 50 workshops and trainings with more than 820 attendees. Supported by a five-year $1 million grant from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, CCEM has offered since October 2016 a digital toolkit of workshops and classes designed to equip journalists with cutting-edge skills, from knowing how to write the best headlines for search engine optimization (SEO) to how to produce a compelling podcast.

In addition, since 2016, CCEM has offered four training fellowships – two each in business reporting and health reporting. Over the course of several weeks, select groups of reporters from the community and ethnic media have acquired specialized reporting knowledge and skills in these topics, and produced stories that were published in Voices of NY as well as their own publications.

Community and ethnic media also have the chance to sign up for “January Academy” classes that are taught at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY during the January academic break each year.

Finally, with sustainability a pressing issue for media outlets serving diverse communities, CCEM has offered workshops and panels that address the need to boost advertising and find other revenue sources.  CCEM held advertising conferences in both 2018 and 2016.

Participants at CCEM’s “Intro to 360 Journalism” training held on March 30, 2017. (Photo by Max Resnik)

Our trainings are led by industry leaders and faculty members from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Below are some of the workshops we’ve offered since 2016:

  • Basics of SEO writing
  • Intro to 360 journalism
  • Smarter photos with your smartphone
  • Smartphone for news videos
  • Online research – Google and beyond
  • Excel training – from getting started to pivot tables
  • Video storytelling
  • Audio storytelling
  • Photoshop 101
  • Mobile tools for social media
  • East Harlem photo walk
  • Writing in American English
  • Exploring solutions journalism
  • How to cover NYC elections 2017
  • January Academy
  • Business reporting fellowship (2016 and 2017)
  • Health reporting fellowship (2017 and 2018)
  • Conference: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age (2016)
  • Conference: Understanding NYC’s Advertising Practices and Marketing for Digital Publications (2018)

Here’s some of the recent feedback we’ve received:

~I loved the fellowship and I learned a lot from it. It is invaluable for local journalists, especially those covering minorities and immigrant communities, to receive this kind of training. We are on the front lines, which is why we need the right knowledge and tools, so we can do our jobs to the best of our ability. That also includes guidance from experts. I found it especially beneficial to be able to hear and be taught by working, everyday-on-the-field kind of experts….I look forward to future training workshops and to start writing health-related stories.

~A training session like the one on Saturday reinforced my faith in the job. I had a great time. I learnt a lot and time just passed so fast because I enjoyed every minute of it. Julienne [Welby] and George [Bodarky] were wonderful and so were the people that attended the class. 

~Many thanks to CCEM for giving us a terrific opportunity to get an excellent training. As a freelance journalism I am so grateful to have this opportunity to update my career and knowledge. The instructors are terrific and I am deeply happy to have been selected to attend.

~I had no prior knowledge of VR. It was great to learn new stuff, and the instructors were great and very helpful.

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