New York Association Of Black Journalist Will Partner With CUNY J-School For "First Take"


The New York Association of Black Journalist (NYABJ) will be hosting their annual "First Take" training program this year at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on W. 40th Street in Manhattan. FIRST TAKE is an eight week-Saturday Journalism program/workshop offered to tri-state high school students from September 24 until November 19, 2016. For the first time since the program launch, FIRST TAKE will be accepting students into the CUNY J-School.

New York City -  FIRST TAKE is seeking talented teens in the New York City Metro Area with a keen interest in writing and multimedia.  Students accepted into the program will learn to write and report news stories, shoot and edit video, produce a TV newscast, and learn how to use social media to support their local news coverage.  Participants will also be paired with a mentor.

FIRST TAKE instructors, mentors, and guest instructors include journalists from the Associated Press, CNN, New York Daily News, Newsday, News 12, The New York Times, and much more.

"We are very excited about starting the next chapter of our highly successful high school journalism workshop," said NYABJ President Julie Walker.  "At CUNY, students will not only be taught by award-winning NYABJ mentors, but will learn at a world-class institution that trains some of the nation's top journalists."

"As a public journalism school, we're happy to share our facilities with a project as worthy as training the next generation of journalists," said CUNY J-School Dean Sarah Bartlett.  "Capturing the enthusiasm of high school students is a great way to build the pipeline."

Area teens interested in the workshop should fill out the application at

Parents, teachers, and school administrators who want to recommend a student or get additional information can email LaToya M. Smith and Christina Carrega-Woodby at or call 347-744-9171.

For more information contact LaToya M. Smith or Christina Carrega-Woodby at 347-744-9171.