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Studio 20:
Digital First

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Adapting Journalism to the Digital Space

NYU’s Studio 20: Digital First program trains the next generation of change-makers in journalism. Here, you will learn the fundamentals of how to create innovation in digital newsrooms and measure your ideas against real world constraints. Our students learn to plan, design, prototype, test, improve, launch, de-bug and evolve new products and better ways of working so that journalism can regain its vital connection to active publics around the globe, and earn their trust. Graduates are prepared to work across departments in what are today called “bridge roles”— the points where business, editorial, tech, and audience problems converge.

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Project-Based Learning

Students in the Studio 20 program benefit from studio-style courses, in which small teams take on improvement projects that are 100 percent real because they come to us from established media companies and digital start-ups that need help with solving problems or seizing new opportunities. The goal is to find solutions and recommend innovations that actually get adopted, and to build the portfolios of students as change-makers.

Our Curriculum

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Faculty

Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen

Associate Professor | Studio 20, Director


Jay Rosen has been on the faculty since 1986, and from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives in New York City.

Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression. In April 2007 PressThink recorded its two millionth visit.

He also blogs at the Huffington Post. In July 2006 he announced the debut NewAssignment.Net, his experimental site for pro-am, open source reporting projects. The first one was called Assignment Zero, a collaboration with Wired.com. A second project is OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post.

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Carol Sternhell

Carol Sternhell

Associate Professor | Studio 20


Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women’s Review of Books. She was the founding director of NYU’s undergraduate women’s studies program and served for years as associate editor of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Before coming to NYU, she worked as an editor at Newsday, a general assignment reporter for the New York Post, and a freelance magazine writer. She began her journalistic career as an editor of The Harvard Crimson during the days of anti-Vietnam War protest, and served as faculty advisor to NYU’s student newspaper, the Washington Square News, during our most recent war. She has recently stepped down as president of the FAS Women’s Faculty Caucus.

Professor Sternhell created the department’s study-abroad programs in London, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; and Accra, Ghana.

 
 

Graduate Profiles

Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams

Studio 20 2017


Job: Associate Producer, Media and Program Operations at Matter Ventures
Location:
New York, NY
Hometown: Long Island, NY


What I Do Now

I run the multi-platform media strategy for Matter, an accelerator for early stage, mission-oriented media startups. In addition to my outward facing duties, I assist the Program Director in planning and teaching design thinking workshops, the Director of Investments in sourcing and evaluating start-ups, and the Director of Partnerships in working with media organizations like the AP, the New York Times, and McClatchy.

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Sheba Anyanwu

Sheba Anyanwu

Studio 20 2017


Location: New York, NY
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria


Before Studio 20

Before Studio 20 I had worked as a social media producer in two startups. I worked as a video community fellow at Storyhunter, a platform that connects freelance video journalists with publishers around the world. I created digital strategies to distribute the video content, produced editorial content for the platform and managed community events with filmmakers and documentarians.
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Emma Cillekens

Emma Cillekens

Studio 20 2017


Location: New York, NY
Hometown: Gold Coast, Australia


Before Studio 20

Before Studio 20 my career was mostly in traditional media; radio, television and newspapers. I spent six years as a radio presenter with the public broadcaster in Australia, the ABC. I reported to a local, state-wide and national audience. I also contributed to the ABC as a video journalist, wrote a regular blog and helped to manage our social media accounts. Prior to that I worked in newspapers with Fairfax.
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