Special Programs & Projects

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 2017 election marks DIA’s eighth 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 2017, and return to follow the 2018 midterm elections in November. 

Fall Workshop

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


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The Media-Nxt project, created by the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, aims to help shape the future of media. The project includes an annual report on media technologies shaping and disrupting the industry, opportunities for sponsored research on media tech and the future of media, and stories, opinions and insights about emerging technologies, trends and their applications within the industry. 

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. Labs

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The Media Interface and Networking Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs are a network of labs dedicated to groundbreaking research in communication and human-computer interaction. Centered at the Newhouse School, the research projects pursued at the M.I.N.D. Labs examine ways in which media interfaces affect human cognition and performance, and how the mind can be augmented or enhanced by media interfaces, applications or messages.

Mirror Awards

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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. Nominations are accepted each year from late December to early February. Winners are honored at an awards ceremony each June in New York City.

Newhouse NYC

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Newhouse NYC is a one-semester program that provides students with a unique opportunity to take specialized coursework in New York City while working part-time as interns at various media companies. The program is open to Newhouse juniors and seniors from all majors, and is built around an 18- to 24-hour-per-week internship matched to each student’s interests and abilities. At night, students take classes at the Fisher Center in midtown Manhattan. Newhouse alumna Cheryl Brody Franklin ’04 is director.

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

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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.

Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester

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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 Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester is open to juniors and seniors, many of whom are Newhouse television, radio and film students.

Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute

Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute

The Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute focuses on bringing together public and private sector groups and companies to plan, design and suggest ways to implement new infrastructures. Syracuse University is uniquely positioned to focus on this goal in an academic setting, since its array of colleges and schools replicates the distinct disciplines responding to infrastructure demand in the public and private sectors.