IN THE CLASSROOM: Journalism at Baruch

It's clear from this feature that The Ticker has given countless students from every major the chance to experience journalism firsthand. Through its Journalism Program, Baruch College provides opportunities for students who decide to make journalism their major and their life's work as well as those who simply wish to hone their research and writing skills or become better-informed members of society.

Baruch's Journalism Program offers two specializations: a journalism and creative writing specialization and a business journalism specialization. In both, students gain an understanding of the critical role the press plays in a democratic society and learn how to identify and create high-quality journalism. Led by a faculty with a dollars & sensedepth of knowledge in urban affairs, business, arts and culture, music and entertainment, publishing, politics, law and ethics, science, and technology, the program is one of the College's premier courses of study and has been targeted for investment under the five-year Strategic Plan. In the works are a new major with strengthened core journalism requirements, additional online journalism education, a wider range of electives, and new faculty hires. The Journalism Program publishes the award-winning Dollars & $ense magazine, which is written, edited, and designed by students in collaboration with journalism and design faculty. The program is further enriched by the Sidney Harman Writer-in- Residence Program, which brings well-known journalists and authors to Baruch each semester to offer seminars and workshops for gifted student writers and to conduct public readings. The Harman Program awards writing prizes each semester to three students and each fall sponsors an internship at Poets & Writers magazine. Additionally, the Journalism Program offers internships that enable students to gain research, reporting, and writing experience and awards grants for annual summer travel internships that allow students to work in news organizations outside of the U.S.

External funding sources help support a variety of these initiatives, from public events and lectures, to technology upgrades, to faculty hiring, to student scholarships and awards. The Journalism Program is also currently seeking donors to name its two laboratories and Dollars & $ense suite.

For more information about the Journalism Program, please contact geanne_rosenberg@ baruch.cuny.edu.

Geanne Rosenberg is an associate professor of English and director of the Journalism Program.