The tuition-free Emerging News Leadership Program will train a cohort of local and rural news leaders in everything they need to know to run a sustainable news organization, through a rigorous, online curriculum developed by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, in partnership with the Google News Initiative.

The application for the six-month inaugural cohort opens today and closes on February 9, 2024. The program will focus on advanced digital skills, the business of news, and leadership & management. Publishers, founders, editors, managers, and others in local or rural media in the U.S. and abroad are highly encouraged to apply.

“Our goal is to help emerging news leaders refine their understanding of the new business realities of journalism, upgrade their digital skills, explore emerging technologies, and gain confidence in their leadership and strategy skills,” Niketa Patel, senior director of leadership programs at the Newmark J-School said. “With the Emerging News Leadership Program, we can offer talented local and rural journalists support in their leadership journey.”

Come hear from Niketa Patel, Senior Director of Leadership Programs at J+, at the Emerging News Leadership Program virtual Open House, on Tuesday, January 23 from 11am-Noon ET for an exclusive sneak peek into the inaugural cohort of this online, tuition-free program that empowers diverse rural and local media leaders.