New Fall 2016 Classes — Check Them Out

Hey Students, we’re offering some new MCA electives next semester!

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 10.11.14 AMFundamentals of Multimedia Production

MCA 31007 Wednesday, 3:30 – 6 PM

In a digital world, media professionals need to tell stories across multiple platforms to a variety of audiences. This course offers an overview of the fundamentals of digital communication as a means to inform and engage audiences. Through case studies, students learn about best digital practices, and will also get hands-on training to create text, visual and graphic communications that tell a unified story across all platforms. Students will strengthen writing skills and receive instruction in photography, recording and editing video and audio, website creation, social media and data visualization. 3 credits. Learn about the instructor, Kayle Schnell.

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 10.11.33 AMRace & Media

MCA 31006/BLST 31136, Tuesday 2 – 4:45

In the age of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, #Oscarsowhite, #BlackLivesMatter, and Dump Trump, this course will explore issues facing the U.S. media as it struggles to cover an increasingly diverse and racially contentious society. 3 credits. Learn about the instructor, Professor Linda Villarosa


Internship FAQ

jonathanOur program is ideally located in the media capital of the world. This means that our students have frequent contact with working journalists, industry professionals and community leaders who offer opportunities for networking, mentoring and internships.

Internships can provide a foot in the door, and help you land a job after graduation. Read through our FAQ for assistance and support:

Q: Which media companies offer internships?

A: CCNY students have interned at a number of large media outlets, including, Good Morning America, CBS Sports, Dateline NBC,, CNN, NY1, The NY Daily News, Fox News, BET, NPR, TV One, The Wendy Williams Show, Telemundo, MTV and the BBC–along with a number of national magazines: Glamour, Essence, Seventeen, Cosmo, SLAM, Reader’s Digest and People Stylewatch.

Q: How can I find one?

A: Think about the media outlets you’d like to work for. Go to their websites and explore available opportunities. At many companies, you can click on “careers,” “employment” or “human resources” to find applications and information about internships.

 You can also try these resources:
Ed2010, Media Bistro, Indeed (search internship). For sports internships, click here. For Spanish language or Hispanic internships, click here.

Q: How do internships work?

A: Increasingly, media companies pay interns–but it’s still pretty rare. Click here to read about the debate. Legally, if you are not paid for your internship, you are required to take a class for credit. If you take the internship for credit, you must register with Professor Appelbaum ( as you would for any class–which means you pay the college tuition. You may also need a letter confirming that you will receive college credit, which we can provide.

Q: How many credits can you receive?

You can register for 1, 2, or 3 credits.
Three credits means you work 180 hours (24-30 hours per week for 8 weeks)
Two credits means you work 120-179 (15-23 per wek for 8 weeks)
One credit means you work 60-119 hours) 12-22 hours per week)


Media, Fame and Celebrity in the Age of the Internet–Anyone?

Looking to pick up three MCA credits this summer? Sign up for “Media, Fame and Celebrity in the Age of the Internet,” a new course that will be offered Monday – Thursday during the month of June. Adjunct professor Ayana Byrd (shown here) will share her expertise and experience in what is sure to be an interesting, timely class. (It counts as a Journalism elective, too.) Here’s the scoop:

The Media, Fame and Celebrity in the Age of the Internet: MCA, Summer 2011, 3 credits

Lindsay Lohan. Brad and Angelina. Beyonce and Jay-Z. Lady Gaga. The Real Housewives.  You can find out anything and everything about these and other entertainment stars via E! Us Magazine,,, Twitter and many other media sources. Welcome to the world of celebrity journalism.

In this MCA class, Ayana Byrd—an author, journalist and pop culture critic—will offer a historical overview of popular culture in the media to the present.  The course will examine how journalists, publicists, celebrities—and now, thanks to blogs and phones that record videos, the public—document and shape popular culture. Through written assignments, in-class debates, ethics discussions and speaker presentations, the course will deconstruct the celebrity coverage of today, including how issues of class, race, gender and sexuality are celebrated and desecrated in the images we consume.