In the academe

A personal announcement: I’ve accepted an appointment to join the faculty of the new graduate school of journalism at the City University of New York, heading up the new media program.

There’s a brief story about this in The Times here with a good punch line for a lead:

For some old-school journalists, blogging is the worst thing to hit the print medium since, well, journalism school. They may want to avert their eyes today, when Stephen B. Shepard, dean of the new Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, is to name Jeff Jarvis director of the new-media program and associate professor.

When I left my full-time, besuited job in mainstream media in June, this was my goal: I knew I wanted to work in the future of media and I believe there’s no better place to do that than among the young people who will be media tomorrow. I don’t want to teach them so much as learn from them as they invent the ways that journalism can use this powerful new thing, this unmedium, that we’ve only begun to explore to gather and share news. I hope we have an environment that fosters creativity and learning as it teaches skills and standards (and I hope I find less haughty ways to say that). One more-practical notion: I plan plan to webcast the courses I teach — not so we can teach the world but so the world can teach us, so we can restart the relationship of these journalists with the public they’ll serve.

Over recent months, I have been writing the new-media curriculum in collaboration with faculty from various CUNY campuses, Dean Shepard, Judy Watson of CUNY, and our mutual friend, Merrill Brown. I’ll work with CUNY in the coming months but don’t start working there until next year. The first class enters in the fall of 2006. Being able to work with Steve Shepard, the recently retired editor of Business Week, is one great draw of this opportunity; the other is the chance to help in the creation of a brand new school.

I will continue to work as editor of a new news startup, still in stealth; more on that soon. And I’m consulting now for The New York Times Company at Oh, and I better get moving on that book: Publish or perish, you know.

One more thing: Here’s fair warning that I’ll be coming after many of you to come speak with our students about how you view news in media new and old, and also will be asking you to interact with students via webcasts and your blogs, turning you all into journalism professors with me.

: The beginnings of the school’s web site are here. And if you’re interested in applying, email [email protected]

  • vnjagvet

    Wow. Great news, Jeff. Entrepreneurship, Blogosphere and Academe meet. Academe will never be the same. Neither will journalism.

  • gratz, Jeff. Should be a very interesting pair of gigs.

  • Ethan

    so, this or Columnia J School? Which one do I choose?
    I’m serious…

  • Congratulations Jeff! I’m looking forward to seeing the webcasts.

  • congrats.

    can i get in on that class??

  • congrats jeff!

  • Great news. Your blog is a daily ‘must’ with a lot of us, on a par with the newspapers.

  • Korutenshi

    Congratulations Jeff! Your students are fortunate to have someone of your experience and enthusiasm at the helm.

  • LanceThruster

    This is “news we can use”! I hope an ongoing topic/course is how things shown to be demonstrably false continue to resonate. It would be great to see “score cards” for veracity from students before and after particular web media are scrutinized. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan is credited for saying, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.”

    “Whatever else there may be in our nature, a responsibility for the truth is one of its attributes”
    – Eddington

    Sincere congratulations!

  • Great! I urge you to upload the videos of your classes to so people can watch them in future years. Do it as a videoblog with RSS 2.0 with enclosures so people can subscribe the the videos. Congrats again. At least some faculty are open to new media—One of them just invited me to come speak about videoblogging.

  • Congratulations, Jeff (he said with chagrin. The Times reporter asked me why you would make a good teacher. At first I gave her the standard answer: well, look at his background, he’s done this, and that, and now he’s the other thing. Then I remembered I was wrong, “No, that’s not why. Jarvis is a man who, late in life, lost his illusions about journalism and much else, and now he’s furiously trying to learn the world again. And anyone learning that much sort of sweeps others along with him. That’s why he’lll be a good teacher.”

    But she didn’t use it.

  • Jeff, that is great. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned about journalism by leaving, and then finding new ways to communicate with others about the work I do. I use your words to describe it sometimes….I can be a journalist regardless of what container holds the journalism.

    And now Ihave a specialty beat too!!! Please tell about the process of developing your program….

  • Boyd

    I have just started to read your blog and now imbibe daily. As an associate faculty member in the MBA communications stream at Royal Roads University, and an apostate mainstream journalist, I am envious of your opporunity to focus your life on what you aptly — although awkwardly — call the “unmedium”.

  • Congrats, Jeff!

    and if I don’t make it into either Columbia or Emerson, perhaps I’ll just have to get into CUNY so I can have you as a prof–and bug you on a face to face basis ;-)

  • CUNY bureaucracy is to FEMA as the tortoise is to the hare.
    Just be prepared to push for what you need far in advance of when you need it. Outside funding is also a good thing, if you can arrange some.

    A word to the wise…

  • Where’s the freakin’ feeds?

  • Congratulations, Jeff!

    And may I ask you to seriously consider podcasting some of your lectures?

  • Have you already told CUNY of the dangers of stocking their schools with Dell computers?

    Seriously, though, congrats!

  • Congrats. I assume its a non-tenure track position?

  • Chancy

    Good luck with your new venture Jeff.

    Don’t you be neglecting your blog and us, you hear. :)


  • EB

    Jarvis, you’ve been schooling me for 2 years now. For free. I am grateful.
    I know your new students will be getting a real treat… I hope they have the perspicacuty to realize it. (I used a big word, do I get extra credit?)

  • Congratulations!

  • brendan

    Somewhere, a doctoral candidate is cringing. You just took his job. Not unlike ex-jocks taking opportunities away from broadcasting students.

  • jeremy in NYC

    Congratulations on the new position. If you have any open lectures at any point for those of us in New York but not at the New School, please announce in advance.

    Also, for what it’s worth, congratulations on driving Atrios and company absolutely insane with this news.


  • Welcome to the academic community, Jeff! Quinnipiac University is just north of the head end of the New Haven line of Metro-North. We offer graduate programs in Journalism and Interactive Communications. If you need any help in working through the logistics of the academy, let us know!

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  • Congratulations! I have to admit, paging through the Times this morning, I got to your story/picture and my first thought was along the lines of “aw crap, it’s Jarvis again?” It seems sometimes that you’re mentioned at least once a week. ;D

  • CMO

    The email address provided for the admissions dept. is not working yet!!!! I know this because after reading that you’ll be teaching there, I immediately went for more information. The postmaster tells me: User admissions ([email protected]) not listed in public Name & Address Book

  • David

    Welcome to the academy. It is both much better than you think and far worse than you imagine. Keep in mind that you are there for your students and mine, at least, are the best. Oh yeah, and research.

  • Marina Architect

    Looking at the CUNY Journalism Program, it looks encouraging that it appears to be ad hoc and fluid. Maybe the existing educational paridigm of credibility based on linear conventions will be last holdout to fall. I have a finance degree, even though I worked in advertising as a graphic designer. I had to overcome my competition of MFA’s from Yale with raw undeniable talent as I courted Creative Directors with the 10 minute breakfast meeting on my treat. At first, it was an uphill bitch and then once I was able to say “having worked with Brand X and Brand Y”, I never looked back. I’d like to see academic credibility transformed so the next generation of non-major’s can do what they’re good at and not be limited by major.

  • congratulations! any chance you can do a visiting professorship in the new media department at medill? i’ll be starting a master’s program there in a week…

  • Congrats, Jeff.

    At age 46, I’ve just become a journalism student in the Master’s program at BU. I was thinking of blogging the J-school experience, but Jay Rosen suggested I blog my reporting. So I’m doing both at Transparent Eye On Media.

    At orientation, I asked the faculty if they had any problem with me blogging. I wanted to be up front about it because an adjunct faculty was fired over the summer for writing something inappropriate (with sexual content) on his blog. I said if everything said at school was on the record unless otherwise specified. This alarmed one professor concerned that sometimes he had guests who spoke off the record. I said I would keep such talks off the record as long as I was informed they were off the record. Faculty also requested that I be sensitive to my fellow students and avoid writing in a vituperature manner, be aware that faculty might be developing material for publication and not pre-empt them, and attribute any ideas that were not my own. Nevertheless, they agreed, the First Amendment gave me a right to blog.

  • Heartiest congratulations, and I look forward to downloading your lectures. I only hope that in a few years, I’ll be worthy of visiting and speaking to your students.

  • Wonderful news, Jeff. I learned much watching you work when we were both at People….It’s great you’re sharing your accumulated and fine-tuned wisdom….

  • Congratulations! I’ve been one of your distant “students” for some time…. Learned a lot by just reading your blog. I wish I were somewhere nearer, geographically; I’d be joining your classes!

  • Congrats, Jeff! Of course, I think this is all just to you can catch up to Rosen in terms of titles, since he caught up with you in terms of blogging. ;)

    Hooray, Professor Jarvis!

  • Michael

    I don’t get: why does Mr. New Media/Professor Blog Boy choose to announce his news in the most old-fashioned fake newsmaking way of all? The early providing of the press release to the New York Times for Media Monday if they agree they’ll use it? Doesn’t this augur poorly for what you’re really going to be teaching?

  • Thank you all for your too-kind comments and congratulations. This is a new world for me so I hope I do it well.
    Michael: Fair question. The school wanted to announce on Monday and they gave it to The Times; I blogged it at the same time. I was planning to beat the paper online but they surprised me getting the story up sooner than I’d have expected Sunday night.
    The email address appears to have been broken last night; if any of you want to email the school and have problems, email me and I’ll make sure you get in contact.

  • Congratulations, Jeff! What a great opportunity. I can’t wait to see the curriculum you develop and steal it for all my high school journalists!

    Best of luck.

  • Professeur Jeff “Buzzmachine” Jarvis.

    Not bad for a doorplate, isn’t it ?

    Congrats Jeff. Look forward to seeing you in NYC when I am there for Blogon.

  • Congrats, Jeff.

    Will you blog your class assignments as I do at my blog?

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  • Doug

    What a joke. Let me get this straight- Mr. Jarvis states clearly that he doesn’t look to “teach” others, but be taught by them.

    Who get’s paid to do what at this “school”?

    That’s like saying “I go to work, but I don’t do anything, I let the customer wait on me”.


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  • Tom Mullaney

    Jeff Jarvis,

    Heard you this morning on NPR. I’m doing a story for Univ. of Chicago magazine on ex-Wall St. Journal publisher, Gordon Crovitz and his new venture, Journalism Online Inc. I’d like to speak with you by phone at your convenience. I used to work at CUNY (Board HQ). I’m sure you have good things to contribute to this whole topic of new business model for journalism and whether Journalism Online might be it. Please reply with phone contact or email.

    Tom Mullaney