The CUNY Journalism Press is the academic publishing arm of the City of New York Graduate School of Journalism. The Press was launched in the autumn of 2012 with the mission of publishing serious books about journalism and the news media – history, theory, criticism, craft, memoir and more. The Press is organized, in conjunction with the independent publishing house OR Books, as a new model for publishing – some call it co-publishing – in response to changes in the publishing marketplace and publishing technology. Our aim is to publish books by, for and about journalists that might not otherwise be published in the commercial marketplace.
The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the only public graduate school of journalism in the Northeast, opened its doors in 2006 under Dean Stephen Shepard, formerly the editor of Business Week. Widely known for its emphasis on multimedia, interactive and cross-platform reporting and storytelling, the school’s intensive three-semester program offers a Master of Arts in Journalism. The school is also known for its innovative training in emerging technology and for its Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, dedicated to finding new business models. The school is the first in the world to offer an M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism.
The distinctive bridge-themed logo for the CUNY Journalism Press was designed – along with our website – by Rosaleen Ortiz, a member of the CUNY Journalism School’s second class of graduates in 2008. The bridge theme is appropriate on several levels. For one, New York is a city of bridges connecting not only the five boroughs, but connecting the city to the rest of the state and the nation. On another level, the City University of New York historically has been a bridge for immigrants and other working-class people to the opportunities offered by the best of American higher education. Finally, we see the CUNY Journalism Press as a bridge between traditional mainstream publishing and the 21st-century innovations that are transforming the way we produce and consume books and other media.