New York, New York (PRWEB) January 16, 2013
The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism formally launches its new Center for Community and Ethic Media with a reception on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (219 West 40th Street).
The establishment of CCEM is a milestone in efforts by CUNY and its trustees to support and promote New York’s burgeoning and diverse community and ethnic media.
“The Center’s mission dovetails nicely with that of CUNY and the Graduate School of Journalism,” said Stephen Shepard, founding dean of the School of Journalism. “This media sector is vibrant and plays a pivotal role in the city’s and the region’s discourse. We’re proud to be part of that conversation.”
At the reception, CCEM Executive Director Garry Pierre-Pierre will unveil “Many Voices, One City,” the new directory of some 270 local publications and broadcast outlets that focus on nearly 2 million New York City residents who are foreign-born. The directory is the first published since 2008.
Said Pierre-Pierre, “Ethnic media outlets provide a cultural, political, and educational lifeline to the 37 percent of the city’s population who speak little or no English. Ethnic media serve as a bridge between new arrivals and more established immigrants and ensure that the next generation, though assimilated, remains connected to its heritage.”
Pierre-Pierre is a Pulitzer Prize winning, multi-media and entrepreneurial journalist, a veteran of The New York Times. He added, “There are dozens of small community newspapers, public access cable stations and, more recently, blogs that provide timely, hyperlocal information to targeted neighborhoods in New York City. Many of these communities are home to underserved minority populations; often, the only journalistic coverage they receive is from the community press. “
CCEM is offering a full menu of services for its members:
CCEM will also announce the first members of its Advisory Board:
For more information, contact: Jehangir Khattak at 646-758-7774 or email ccem(at)journalism.cuny(dot)edu