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What is Journalism?

JEP WordcloudEach semester, a group of students gain hands-on, real-world experience producing content for the City Times newspaper, and Legend magazine. Typically, the education in producing journalism that is fair, accurate, ethical and truthful is limited to the students enrolled. But studies show that many news consumers of all ages lack the skills required to tell the difference between real news and false, erroneous or unverified reporting spread as “fake news.”

That was the inspiration behind the Journalism Education Project.

Featured prominently on the home page of, as well as throughout our print publications, the Journalism Education Project answers three questions.


  1. What is journalism?
  2. How is it produced?
  3. Why does it matter? 

The goal is to help our audience learn to be effective critical thinkers and responsible media consumers while also gaining an appreciation for the role of journalism in our democracy today.

A wide range of educational elements will be rolled out throughout the academic year to expand the reach of the mission of City College’s student media publications: marrying the professional as well as the academic approach toward the principles, rights and obligations of the press in a free and democratic society.

I want to hear from you. Do you have questions, comments or ideas for the Journalism Education Project? If so, email me. I can be reached at [email protected].


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