Special Programs & Projects

Syracuse University students stand on the balcony of the SU building in Los Angeles

The Newhouse School's special programs and projects encompass journalism training and recognition of journalistic excellence, as well as industry partnerships with leaders in the fields of advertising and public relations. Our decades-long U.S. government partnership has given hundreds of military personnel training in photojournalism and videography. Whether students are interested in specializing in sports reporting or learning about working in the entertainment industry through study in Los Angeles, our programs richly enhance their educational experiences.

Advanced Social Media Strategy Certificate

The Advanced Social Media Strategy (ASMS) Certificate is an online certificate program offered by the Newhouse School in partnership with HootSuite. Geared toward working professionals, the ASMS Certificate is earned online through 15 self-paced lessons on social media strategy covering the entire social media ecosystem, including strategic planning, content strategy, information management, data and analytics, ROI and more.

Democracy in Action

Democracy in Action is an Election Day project of the student journalists of the Newhouse School. The 2015 election marks DIA’s sixth year of telling voters’ stories. Broadcast and digital journalism students (NCC News) and photography students contributed to the project. Students from the political reporting class, which includes BDJ and newspaper and online journalism students, also participate in Democracy in Action. Visit the site for stories, photos and webcasts from election 2015. 

Fall Workshop

Each fall, multimedia photography and design students capture local community stories in digital images and video through our Fall Workshop program.

Military Visual Journalism

The Military Visual Journalism program teaches active-duty service members photojournalism and broadcast journalism. The Military Photojournalism (MPJ) and Military Motion Media (MMM) students serve in the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Army in public affairs and as mass communication specialists, photographers and videographers. Students take 30 credits in communications, photojournalism, photography, broadcast and digital journalism, design, sound and documentary production.

M.I.N.D. Lab

The Newhouse Media, Interface and Network Design (M.I.N.D) Lab is part of a network of 10 labs located in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The labs conduct research in human-computer interaction, communication and virtual environment design. Read more about the Newhouse M.I.N.D.lab in this presentation.

Mirror Awards

The Mirror Awards are the most important awards for honoring excellence in media industry reporting. Established by the Newhouse School in 2006, the awards honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit.

Newhouse in New York

Photo of the Fisher Center sign in New York City

The Newhouse School has established a satellite campus program in New York City that will engage students in professional internships, specialized course work and regular interactions with industry leaders. Watch a video of members of the first class talking about their experiences. Accomplished magazine editor and Newhouse alumna Cheryl Brody Franklin ’04 is director. Newhouse students from all majors may spend a semester in New York, interning and taking courses at Syracuse University’s Fisher Center in midtown Manhattan.

The Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting

Robin Toner '76 was the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times. Her legacy lives on through the Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting, which awards an annual prize for political reporting excellence.

Student Startup Madness

Student Startup Madness (SSM) is an exciting nationwide tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups. SSM was developed by Newhouse Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship Director Sean Branagan. It is an official program of Austin's annual South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals.

SSM is open to student startups from colleges across the U.S.

SULA Semester

Syracuse University joins with our West Coast “community of experts” to offer students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the entertainment business from the inside. The Los Angeles Semester is open to SU juniors and seniors, many of whom are Newhouse television, radio and film students.

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