Institution
CUNY Lehman College
Academic Level
Issue Area(s)
Key Personnel
CUNY Lehman College
Lehman College CUNY
250 Bedford Park Blvd West
Bronx, NY 10468
United States

Latino students in the Multilingual Journalism and Mass Communication Programs take core courses in Ethnic Media and Marketing as well as journalistic writing courses in both English and Spanish.  The students can also study journalistic writing at Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico through a special online bilingual journalism program agreement.  The program has international articulation agreements with universities in Chile, Venezuela, and Spain to provide internship opportunities for students to gain experience in Spanish-speaking countries.  All students participate in internships at Univisión, El Diario-La Prensa, WPIX, etc. and at public access channels such as Bronxnet.  They publish in print and in electronic format The Bronx Journal, a multilingual newspaper published monthly in English with over ten foreign language supplements.

Goal/Mission

The Multilingual Journalism Program was created to meet the needs of multicultural and multilingual journalists in a globalized world.  It was built upon the strengths of the student population that Lehman College serves: a first- and second-generation immigrant population from all parts of the world who maintain their language and cultures while incorporating elements of the surrounding U.S. culture.

Outcome

The Multilingual Journalism and Mass Communication Program has graduated hundreds of students over the last five years.  At least 50% of these students are Latinos/as.  Graduates have secured positions in media and are currently working at The Daily News, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, Telemundo, Newsday, and Dow-Jones.  Some have participated in political campaigns, working with Latino populations, primarily in the NY metropolitan area.  Others have pursued graduate degrees in other journalism programs.

Program Focus
Bilingual/ESL