25 journalists selected for first round of 2022-2023 Product Immersion program; applications open for next cohort
Winston Mwale, the founder and editor-in-chief of AfricaBrief, an online news outlet that specializes in solution and investigative journalism, is one of the 25 journalists.
By Newmark J-School Staff
The product development and management program for newsrooms is now accepting applications for journalists in the Asia-Pacific region until Sept. 15, 2022; the cohort for the Europe, Middle East and Africa cohort has been selected to start next month. a
The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is pleased to announce the first 2022-2023 cohort of the Product Immersion for Small Newsrooms program. Applications for the second cohort, for journalists in the Asia-Pacific region, are now open as well.
The two-month, tuition-free online program aims to teach small to mid-sized news organizations ways to adopt product thinking methodologies in their workflow to allow for more efficient and sustainable product development and management. The 25 journalists selected for the first cohort come from the following countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa: Egypt, France, Ghana, Italy, Lebanon, Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Many of them work in small newsrooms for magazines, newspapers, television and radio stations, and online startups with fewer than 25 employees.
“We are thrilled to welcome 25 new journalists to this cohort and we’re excited about their commitment to learning how product thinking can help them on their path towards financial sustainability and attract new audiences,” said Marie Gilot, Executive Director of J+ at the Newmark J-School.
This training program, in partnership with the Google News Initiative (GNI) and News Product Alliance (NPA), offers online classes led by industry experts and product design practitioners from newsrooms around the world. Additionally, participants will also receive small-group coaching throughout the program.
“We are proud to welcome a new cohort of emerging product thinkers from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Not only will they work on finding solutions through product development and management for their newsrooms but they will also bring their own experiences and perspectives to the news product discipline as a whole,” said Feli Carrique, Executive Director of NPA.
Journalists and media practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region who want to take part in this training can now apply to be part of the next cohort. The program will run virtually from Nov. 18, 2022 to Feb. 8, 2023. To be considered for the program, applicants must submit the online application, which includes several short responses about the applicant’s familiarity with and interest in product development and a letter of newsroom commitment from the applicant’s organization. Journalists and media practitioners with no experience in product are encouraged to apply. Instruction will be in English and fluency in English is required.
“This program will provide journalists with the tools, resources, and a community of other product thinkers who will help advance the news industry as a whole, and we’re excited to bring the program back to the Asia-Pacific region,” said Marco Túlio Pires, News Lab Lead for GNI.
Recruitment for the Americas cohort will begin in November 2022. To receive updates about the Product Immersion program, including email alerts when future applications open, please register for our mailing list.
Meet the 2022 Europe/Middle East/Africa cohort of the Product Immersion program:
Ilia Donskikh manages translations and publishing with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and its regional partner centers, and coordinates multimedia projects with the tech and web teams.
Alexandru Enășescu is the founding editor of Iașul nostru, a local newsletter-first publication, and newsletter editor for PressOne, an independent media outlet in Romania. He is based in Iași, Romania.
Catherine Gicheru is the director of the African Women Journalism Project, a network of women journalists dedicated to strengthening the voices of African women journalists and driving coverage of underreported topics. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Frankie Goodway is head of production at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, where she leads a team editing, fact-checking and producing stories on health, technology, the environment, inequality and corruption. She is based in London, United Kingdom.
Nelly Kalu is a contributing anchor with Yes 101.7 FM Ibadan and is skilled in research, OSINT methodologies, digital investigations, solutions journalism and media innovations. She is based in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Tanya Pampalone is a business development associate for the media groups Media Hack Collective, Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, Alibi Investigations and Daily Maverick. She works with teams based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Niahson Porte is a co-owner of Frontpageafrica newspaper, an investigative newspaper in Liberia. He manages the newspaper’s website and is responsible for the newspaper’s digital products strategy. He is based in Monrovia, Liberia.