Syracuse University announces $100,000 in scholarships for arts journalism students

October 23, 2017

Newhouse School’s Goldring Arts Journalism Program will award new scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year to talented journalists in five culture categories

Theater — Film/Television — Music/Dance — Visual Arts/Architecture — Politics of Culture

The Goldring Arts Journalism Program, a master’s degree program in the Newhouse School, announced today a total of $100,000 in new scholarships for five talented journalists. The awards, which cover $20,000 in graduate tuition for the 2018-19 academic year, will recognize excellence in specialized artistic fields: film/television, theater, visual arts/architecture, music/dance and the politics of culture.

Prospective students who wish to be considered for a scholarship should indicate interest as part of the application process. Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2018. Apply online at

The scholarships are funded by philanthropist Lola Goldring ’51, who sponsored the development of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program in 2005.

“These scholarships are a testament to Lola Goldring’s commitment to finding and encouraging the finest thinkers and writers about the arts," said Eric Grode, the program’s director. "Passion, curiosity, insight: These are traits that Lola exemplifies, and she never wants financial constraints to stand in the way of emerging journalists who share those qualities.”

Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham said, “Now more than ever, our society needs arts and culture; they are our refuge and what adds depth and meaning to our lives. In newsrooms and in nonprofit organizations, we need trained journalists and communicators who have the skills and knowledge to translate, share and explain cultural events and bring them into our busy lives.”

The Goldring Arts Journalism Program offers a 12-month intensive master’s degree at the renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, New York. The rigorous program includes graduate seminars in cultural reporting and criticism, visual and digital communication skills, media law, cultural studies and the literature of journalism; media internships in Manhattan and upstate New York; and professional publication. Included are three travel components: an intensive cultural immersion course in New York City; on-site coverage of the Toronto Film Festival; and a three-week capstone course in which students gain experience as a professional multimedia reporters and critics covering cultural festivals in Charleston, South Carolina.

Alumni of the program work as writers, editors and producers at such outlets as MTV News, “Saturday Night Live,” Forbes, the New York Post, People magazine, GQ India, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Seattle magazine, Architizer, Elle magazine and ArtForum; and as communications specialists at arts organizations like the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Google, the Apollo Theater, the Sundance Film Festival, Aspen Festival, Grimshaw Architects and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The Goldring Arts Journalism Program is one of 11 professional master’s degree programs offered by the Newhouse School. Most can be completed in one calendar year, limiting time spent away from the job market. For more information, visit

For information about the Goldring Program, visit or contact Eric Grode at (315) 443-2305 or