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Press ReleaseJuly 13, 2021

Spectrum News NY1 and Craig Newmark Graduate School to Partner on Primetime Special, ‘NY1 & CUNY’s Newmark: Meet Tomorrow’s Storytellers,’ July 20 at 8 P.M.

NY1 Political Anchor and Newmark Faculty Member Errol Louis Hosts Program

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NEW YORK – As part of their shared commitment to local journalism, CUNY’s Newmark J-School and Spectrum News NY1 are teaming up to air a one-hour special on July 20 at 8 p.m. in celebration of the school’s 15th anniversary. “NY1 & CUNY’s Newmark: Meet Tomorrow’s Storytellers,” hosted by NY1 political anchor Errol Louis, will highlight the J-School’s esteemed 16-month master’s degree programs and its other offerings aimed at diversifying the news industry and supporting journalists at every stage of their careers.     

“Both CUNY and NY1 are iconic institutions dedicated to serving New Yorkers,” said Helen Swenson, Vice President, Content and News, Spectrum News NY1. “We’re proud to have several Newmark alums and teachers now working at NY1 and hope that showcasing this revered university’s curriculum will inspire future generations of journalists.”

“NY1 & CUNY’s Newmark: Meet Tomorrow’s Storytellers” will detail the school’s bilingual, documentary, broadcast and other programs and feature current Newmark students as well as alumni and adjunct faculty who are NY1 journalists and producers, including political reporter Juan Manuel Benítez, Bronx reporter Amy Yensi and transit reporter Dan Rivoli. 

“This partnership allows us to honor our longstanding relationship with NY1," said Newmark J-School Dean Sarah Bartlett. "It also helps raise awareness of the importance of local journalism and supporting our talented and deserving students."

Features will include a look at the school’s drone journalism class, its entrepreneurial “Journalism Creators Program,” and two Bronx newspapers that are staffed by students.  Additionally, Louis, who has taught urban reporting at the school for more than a decade, will moderate two panel discussions with Newmark students and faculty.  One discussion is on “The Clemency Project,” a joint effort by the J-School and CUNY Law School focused on justice reform, and the other on the J-School’s pioneering Engagement Journalism program, which is aimed at meeting the needs of communities.  

Segments spotlighting Newmark students also will air on NY1 through mid-August, in addition to a mobile campaign where individuals can text the word “Newmark” to the number (929) 264-5450 in support of the school’s scholarship fund. 

The City University of New York launched the program on Aug. 24, 2006 as the only publicly-funded graduate journalism school in the Northeast. 

About The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, founded in 2006, has become nationally recognized for its innovative programs. The only public graduate journalism school in the northeastern U.S., it prepares students from diverse economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to produce high-quality journalism. As the profession rapidly reinvents itself for the digital age, the Newmark J-School is at the forefront of equipping the next generation of journalists with the tools to find stories and tell them effectively - using print, broadcast, visual, interactive, and social media. The school offers two master's degree programs: a Master of Arts in Journalism (including a bilingual program in English and Spanish) and the nation's first M.A. in Engagement Journalism.

About Spectrum Networks

Spectrum Networks is a series of 24/7 news and sports networks owned and operated by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 31 million customers in 41 states. Spectrum Networks carry distinct, comprehensive, and exclusive local programming on over 30 networks across Charter’s footprint. More information on Spectrum Networks is available at

Media Contacts

Amy Dunkin (Newmark)


Shari Culpepper (NY1)