Guess Who’s Teaching at City?

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 3.35.59 PMKevin Convey, the former editor of both the NY Daily News and Boston Herald, has joined the journalism faculty at CCNY this fall. He’s teaching a section of the required course Reporting and Writing, bringing his vast experience as a reporter, editor and newsroom manager to 20 City College students.

Convey’s road to academia was rocky, to say the least. He spent a year and a half running the Daily News newsroom, until he was fired last January. But leaving the News also freed him up to do what he loves best: being in the classroom. He began teaching a course on “digital disruption” at NYU last year, while also pursuing his master’s degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, an experience he calls “humbling.”

“In order to be taken seriously at the university level, you really need a master’s degree,” says Convey, 58.

Convey brings 40 years of newspaper grit to City College–a hard edge and soft touch. Early in the semester, his students have described him as tough but fair. When told this, he replied, “I like that.”

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Minoring in Journalism: The Facts

Social-Media-Journalism1 The CCNY journalism program is a minor, which allows flexibility and options. Some students become professional journalists–reporters, columnists, authors, magazine editors, producers, documentary filmmakers, and digital specialists—at media outlets across the country and around the world. Others continue to graduate school for deeper, more concentrated training. And still others learn to think and write like journalists and take their training into fields like public relations, advertising, medicine, science, law, government, teaching, politics, business and the arts.

The minor consists of four required courses and two electives for a total of 18 credits, with additional opportunities to participate in campus media and intern at local news organizations. The four requirements below should be taken in order:

MCA 10100: Introduction to Media Studies

A survey course that aims to acquaint students with the various mass media as well as the advertising and public relations industries.

MCA 23300: Introduction to Journalism 

Introduction to Journalism class

Introduction to Journalism class

A look at the state of the industry and introduction to the basics of reporting and writing for the print, digital and broadcast media.

MCA 33300: Reporting and Writing

Instruction and practice in the basic techniques of reporting, including, interviewing and public affairs research, and writing news for mass audiences.

For the final required course, students can choose EITHER Radio Journalism OR Television Journalism.

MCA 34100: Radio Journalism

A basic, interactive course in radio reporting and production.

Journalism students interview President Lisa Staiano-Coico

Journalism students interview President Lisa Staiano-Coico

MCA 34300: Television Journalism

An examination of the current state of the TV news industry and the basics in television reporting and production.

ELECTIVES

Select two from the following list.

MCA 10500: Introduction to Media Production

A hands-on course that offers the fundamental elements of video production.

MCA 40100: Ethics and Values in Communication

A senior seminar in the moral issues of communications and professional ethics.

CCNY students visit CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

CCNY students visit CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

 MCA 39900: Internship in Communications 

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MCA 31013:  Supervised Radio Station Study

A hands-on, small-group study at WHCR Harlem Community Radio.

MCA 36500: Social Media Strategies

A detailed overview of popular social networking websites and other forms of social media with insight into their professional applications.

Political Science 21700: Mass Media and Politics

The political questions raised by the growth, methods and technology of the mass media.

Political Science 32200: Freedom of Expression Seminar

An advanced seminar examining the provisions of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that deal with freedom of expression.

English 23000: Writing Workshop in Prose

Emphasis on development of a prose style.

Sociology 27400: Urban Politics and Policy

An examination of the changing U.S. city with a focus on New York City.

Sociology 25000: Theory of Mass Culture and Mass Communications

Social effects of the mass media and the problem of public control.

CUNY J-School–The Next Step

At City College journalism is a minor, not a major. Some students wonder why they can’t major in journalism. They could in the past at CCNY, and they can at other colleges.

But several years ago CCNY officials decided to make journalism a minor only. It was before my time, but I agree with the change. In the shifting, unsteady landscape of the media business, majoring in another area–political science, English, international studies, history–makes sense. I majored in journalism years ago at the University of Colorado, and minored in African-American studies and Spanish. If I could have a do-over, I’d major in history, keep the minors the same and then attend graduate school and get a master’s degree in journalism.

So that’s what I encourage my students to do. And, happily, they’ve got a great option within the CUNY system. Six years ago CUNY established the Graduate School of Journalism. In its state-of-the-art facilitiy in Midtown Manhattan next door to the New York Times, students receive a journalism education in three semesters that is both broad and deep. Run by Stephen B. Shepard, a CCNY graduate (class of ’61), the school just launched a new program in entrepreneurial journalism and is fast-becoming the place to be, a serious competitor to that other journalism school located near CCNY in Harlem. 

Last week, Steve spent time with CCNY students and spoke with pride about his years at City College and his hopes for the future of journalism and journalism school. Those students who toured the facility and attended the Q&A with Dean Shepard were awed and inspired. I am sure that several of them will continue to J-school once they’ve graduated from City.