Graciela Mochkofsky Named Dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

From a story on www1.cuny.edu about the new dean of the CUNY School of Journalism:

Graciela Mochkofsky, the new dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, has been a leading force in programs that have established the school as one of the most innovative and diverse journalism education programs in the country. A highly accomplished bilingual journalist in the U.S. and South America since 1991, she joined the school in 2016 as the founding  director of its Bilingual Journalism Program, the first of its kind in the country. Since 2019, as the executive director of the school’s Center for Community Media, she has launched several initiatives to support newsrooms serving immigrants and communities of color across the country.

Mochkofsky is a long-time contributor to publications including The New Yorker, where she now writes a monthly column on Latinx culture and politics, and the author of six nonfiction books in Spanish. Her first book in English, “The Prophet of the Andes,” will be published by Knopf in August.

Since joining the CUNY journalism school — the only publicly funded graduate journalism school in the Northeast — Mochkofsky has been at the forefront of its efforts to embrace diversity and inclusion in journalism, crucial challenges for both the news industry and professional training programs at universities.

“The news media industry is in the midst of an existential crisis, fragmented and filled with inequity — local and community media, in particular, struggling to survive — with record levels of public mistrust and a growing generational rebellion against old journalistic paradigms,” said Mochkofsky. “A journalism school has an incredibly important role to play in the midst of this crisis, and the Newmark J-School, which I have had the honor to call my home for the past six years, is uniquely positioned to lead the conversation about the ways forward. Our school has a strong reputation as a leader in journalism education, and is one of the most diverse, forward-looking J-Schools in the nation. I am overjoyed at the opportunity to help make it an even greater center of gravity for journalists and news leaders, and to instill in our students a renewed sense of mission and service.”

Mochkofsky has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships: She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Cullman fellow at the New York Public Library, a Prins Foundation fellow at the Center for Jewish History, a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize for outstanding reporting across Latin America and the Caribbean.

A native of Argentina, Mochkofsky earned her bachelor’s in journalism and communications at Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. She earned her master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism before returning to Argentina to continue her career as a reporter at a scrappy newspaper that was publishing in the aftermath of the country’s long military dictatorship. She later became a political correspondent for one of Argentina’s leading newspapers and in 2003 received international acclaim for her first book, a biography of Jacobo Timerman, a publisher who became a global human rights figure.

Mochkofsky will head a School of Journalism that has won growing national acclaim since its founding in 2006. The school was born as the digital revolution was transforming the news industry, and it has grown each year to prepare new generations of students to reshape journalism in the public interest and to make the profession more relevant, more inclusive and better able to deliver reliable information to communities that need it most. In 2018, the journalism school was renamed for its chief benefactor, craigslist founder and philanthropist Craig Newmark, whose transformational $20 million gift has supported innovative programs, record enrollments and the school’s increasingly diverse student body and faculty. The school has produced more than 1,000 alumni who work in all areas of journalism and in major newsrooms in New York City and beyond. With support from major gifts raised by its nonprofit foundation, the school has also created three grant-funded centers that serve as hubs for education, research, training, events, and professional support for working journalists: the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, the Center for Community Media and the McGraw Center for Business Journalism.

Mochkofsky succeeds Dean Sarah Bartlett, who steps down this month after leading the School of Journalism since 2014.

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