Welcome, Communication & Media Students!

Welcome! Thank you for visiting the new blog for the Communication and Media Program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. This site is intended for the program’s students, faculty, and alumni, and aims to provide our community with a platform for communicating, networking, and sharing information and resources.

Please take some time to explore the site, and to check back regularly for updates. You can subscribe to the blog using the “sign up” field to the left, or by clicking on the “follow” button in the lower right-hand corner of the home page. You can also register to join our group on the CUNY Academic Commons, which automatically adds you to the mailing list.

If you have any questions—or suggestions—don’t hesitate to reach out!

— Dr. Elizabeth Alsop (Academic Director, Communication and Media)

GC Faculty Roundtable on Writing: March 3rd @ 5pm

Struggling to start or make progress on a capstone project? Find yourself staring at the blank page when it comes time to write that essay? The Graduate Center’s Writing Center is hosting a roundtable with accomplished faculty in which they’ll discuss some of their strategies for “getting it done.” The event is open to all; the registration link can be found on the flyer below!

CUNY SPS Undergraduate Conference: Abstracts due March 6th!

Greetings, CM students! You should have received an email about the upcoming CUNY SPS Undergraduate Conference, scheduled for Friday, May 8th. Students interested in presenting at the conference—submit your abstracts by Friday, March 6th! The attached flyer contains all the details, as well as the submission link. You may also be interested in participating in the series of workshops offered by the Writing Fellows, each of which is focused on a different aspect of preparing and delivering a presentation. See descriptions of the workshop and register here! https://cvent.me/4BbBqq

Note: Studnets don’t need to attend the conference to take part in the workshop, and vice versa—students can participate in the conference without taking part in the workshops.

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Student Meet-Up


Please join us for the Spring 2020 Undergraduate Student Meet-up!

It’s happening this upcoming Thursday evening, February 13th, 2020 beginning 6 pm, 119 West 31st Street, Room 407 or Online.

Meet SPS students, Academic Directors, Faculty and SPS staff while you play games for prizes and have refreshments!

Make sure to RSVP by clicking here:RSVP Link

The event flyer is attached: SAVE THE DATE Spring Meet-Up 2020

Hope to see you there!


Career Fair and Resume Workshop

CM Students,

The CUNY SPS Career Services office has shared two upcoming career events:

Wed, Feb 26th: Career Fair for summer internships, an opportunity to connect with 12 advertising agencies who are all a part of Verizon’s network. Apply here: https://apply.workable.com/mccann-ny/j/AD1EDBF374/ (Deadline: Feb 12th)

Tues, Feb 18th: McCann New York Resume Workshop – Students are invited to come and have their resumes read by HR, recruiting and business professionals at the agency. Apply here: https://apply.workable.com/mccann-ny/j/AC2D2B364B/

If you do apply to either of these opportunities, please inform Career Services at career.services@sps.cuny.edu

Career Services can assist you in preparing for the agency fair.

Flyer: 2020 Advertising Career Fair

January Academy Info and Nonfiction Book Writing Workshop at the CUNY J-School

CM Juniors and Seniors, check out the wonderful opportunities available at the CUNY Journalism School during your January break: 

“It’s January Academy time at the J-School!

We’d like to invite you and your CUNY undergrads (juniors and seniors only, please) to sign up at no cost for workshops in our January Academy 2020 enrichment series, covering a wide variety of skills ranging from video storytelling to travel writing, freelancing, news photography, to audio — the list goes on and on.

One of our own, Glenn Lewis, is teaching a workshop on nonfiction book writing (see description below) and invites any and all participants.

Students who are interested should contact our admissions team of Max Patiño at 646-758-7704, Jeanette Tavarez at 646-758-7703, or Angela Hui at 646-758-7813 to register.

Here’s the link with the full list of classes. Please note that certain ones may be full or not open to undergrads. The admissions staff can provide guidance.


Here’s the description for Glenn’s nonfiction book writing/publication workshop:

Nonfiction Book Writing, with Glenn Lewis

Thursday, January 9, 202010:30am – 3:30pm

Description:Nonfiction Book Writing, with Glenn Lewis Take this one-day crash course on the essentials of conceptualizing, researching, organizing, and writing a professional-level non-fiction book proposal. The seminar also focuses on techniques for reporting and writing non-fiction books. Students are given insights into negotiating book contracts as well. The session draws on Professor Glenn Lewis’ experiences as a book packager, agent, writer, and book proposal doctor. Students should bring a one-paragraph pitch for either one or two nonfiction books they might want to write. Guest speaker Stephen Morrow, executive editor of Dutton, will help evaluate pitches. Professor Lewis is director of the journalism program at York College and is a consortial faculty member at the Newmark J-School. His narrative nonfiction book SPARRIN’ WITH SMOKIN’ JOE is scheduled for publication in February 2021.”


Courses for Spring 2020: Digital Storytelling & Data Analysis and Visualization

Still looking for Spring 2020 classes? See the attached flyers for more information about two exciting course offerings, both of them new additions to the CM program: CM 490: Data Analysis and Visualization (taught by Prof. Bradley Gardener) and CM 490: Digital Storytelling (taught by Prof. Courtney Garcia). Please note that for next semester only, these courses can be used EITHER to satisfy a 400-level requirements OR as a 300-level Perspectives course.

If you have any questions about either course, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or your advisors!

Fall Course Evaluations Due Friday, 12/13

It’s that time again! Time for CUNY SPS students to share their feedback on their classes, and in the process, provide us faculty with important information about our courses, our teaching, and our curriculum. We need your input, so if you haven’t completed evaluations for your Fall 2019 courses, please do so by the deadline: Friday, December 13th!

All students should have received a link to the evaluation survey in their CUNY SPS email, but please write to surveys@sps.cuny.edu with any questions.

CUNY Career Innovation Summit: Fri 11/22

Mark your calendars: On Friday, November 22, from 8:30am-2pm, CUNY will be holding a Career Innovation Summit at the Graduate Center. The event is free and,open to students from across the CUNY system. This year, organizations including Accenture, Brookfield, Con Edison, Google, JLL, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, and WeWork, among other companies will speak about careers in real estate, sustainability, technology and digital marketing, and there will be also be break-out sessions on topics like salary negotiation, using LinkedIn, etc. Plus, there is lots of time for networking with panelists.

Visit the event page to RSVP using Ticket Code: CUNY 2019


“The Truth About Diversity” Panel – 11/18, 9am

The Paley Center for Media will be hosting a panel on diversity in media next Monday, 11/18, at 9am. Details — including a full list of participants — and a link to register for free tickets can be found on the event page. A great opportunity for those interested in working in media and/or the film and television industries.

Faculty Book Talk, Wed 11/20, 6pm

I’m delighted to share the news that I’ll be giving a talk about my recently published book about character dialogue and the early 20th-century novel next Wednesday, November 20th, at 6pm (119 W. 31st Street, Room 407). Though the book is focused on modernist fiction, the talk will range broadly so folks interested in narrative — come out!

To RSVP and for more details, click here, and feel free to email me with any questions.

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