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)

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.

Refresh Your Resume Webinar 11/5 @ 12:30pm

Even if you’re not actively searching for a job, it’s never a bad idea to update your resume. Join Shannon Gallo, Director of Career Services at SPS, for a “Lunch while you Learn” tomorrow, November 5th, at 12:30pm, for a free webinar on “How to Refresh Your Resume.” Register to join here!

Free Video Class from J-School: “TV News and Local Politics”

For all CUNY student journalists: Here’s a link to a free video class taught by Errol Louis on “TV News and Local Politics,” part of a new “master class” series sponsored by the CUNY J-School. Check it out and spread the word!


SPS Racial Justice Conference – Nov 8-9

A reminder about the upcoming Racial Justice Conference sponsored annually by the M.A. in Applied Theatre. Check out this post for more details about the 2-day event — which takes place November 8-9 at SPS — and to submit a proposal for the conference! Submissions are due Monday, October 21st, by 11:59pm.

Registration for Spring 2020: Some Updates

Greetings, CM students! As you prepare to register for your Spring 2020 classes, I wanted to share a bit more information about our course offerings:

  • For those planning to take the Capstone class (CM 499), the two sections will focus on Engagement Marketing (Prof. Panzarella) and Film Studies (Professor Palladino). I’d encourage you to register for the section most aligned with your interests!
  • The “special topic” for CM 490 will be Women and Hollywood, with a focus on the contributions of female directors, producers, editors, and screenwriters to commercial U.S. filmmaking from the post-war period to the present. As the professor of the course, I can also say I am very much looking forward to teaching it!
  • In addition to the courses you see on CUNY First, please know that two additional courses WILL be offered in spring: Digital Storytelling (with Professor Garcia) and Data Analytics and Visualization (with Prof. Gardner). Both have previously run as special topics classes, and will now be offered under separate course numbers (the approval process for that change is the reason you don’t see them posted yet…)
  • Finally, a reminder that we’ll offer two courses during the winter session: CM 203 (Introduction to C&M) and CM 314 (Film & Television). Those looking for a very intensive but efficient way to accrue 3 credits, take a look!

Please help spread the word to your fellow CM students, and don’t hesitate to reach out to  me, your advisors, or Rokshana with questions!

Virtual Career Fair Site is Live!

For CM students interested in the Virtual Career Fair taking place on November 14th, the site is now up and running! Take a look and be sure to register if you’re interested. Questions? Reach out to Manager of Career Services at SPS, Shannon Gallo (shannon.gallo@cuny.edu).

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