Baruch College Students Report on
Entrepreneurship in Cuba and Share Experience on NY1 Noticias "Pura Politica"
Click here to watch the interview on NY1
NEW YORK, NY-February 13, 2015 - In January, 11 Baruch College journalism students, led by Professor Andrea Gabor, left for Havana as part of a January-term class on "Covering Emerging Entrepreneurship in Cuba." The students spent eight days in Cuba and reported on the recent economic changes instituted under President Raul Castro, especially in the growing small-business sector of so-called cuentapropistas, which now includes close to 500,000 Cubans, triple the number in 2010. The class arrived just weeks after President Obama and President Castro announced their historic detente, which will open Cuba to more American goods and visitors and establish formal relations between the countries.
The students met with a wide range of experts on Cuban business and culture, including Univ. of Havana academics, filmmakers, and Cuba Emprende, a private non-profit that helps train new entrepreneurs in Cuba. They also interviewed over a half-dozen small-business owners about the new opportunities and challenges they face. The students produced a multi-media blog in Dollars & Sense about the rise of women entrepreneurs in Cuba; an experimental, sustainable farm just outside Havana that supplies the burgeoning sector of paladares, or independent restaurants; the gray market in information entertainment distributed via computer memory devices; and much more.
Professor Gabor and Michael Anthony Machado, a junior journalism major, sat down with NY1 Noticias “Pura Politica” host Juan Benitez to discuss their visit to Cuba and the multi-media news blog that was created. The interview aired on NY1 Noticias at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Feb. 13.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.