MetroFocus Partners with Columbia School of Journalism

April 11, 2012

THIRTEEN is excited to announce a new partnership between its local multi-platform property MetroFocus and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Students in the master’s program will contribute fully produced content for MetroFocus, both on-air and online.

To kick off the partnership with Columbia University, MetroFocus featured an online video segment and article about the personalized plaques found on some 3,000 Central Park benches and the effort to catalog the backstories of the dedications.

“For nearly 50 years, THIRTEEN  has been committed to education—from the programs we air to the schools and educators in our region that we serve”, said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO.  “We look forward to more journalism school partnerships in the coming months and are pleased to be partnering with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to showcase students’ inspired stories and content on MetroFocus. It’s another way we’re serving the tri-state community.”

The first student journalist piece featured on MetroFocus was produced by current Columbia students Monica Alba and Angela Reese under the direction of Columbia Associate Professor Betsy West, a former senior vice president for CBS News, where she oversaw “60 Minutes,” “60 Minutes II” and “48 Hours.”

“This is an exciting partnership for the Columbia Journalism School students in my class,” said Columbia Journalism Associate Professor Betsy West. “Here they are, gathered from around the world, to find and report stories in New York City and now they have an outlet at the city’s premier public television station. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them as well as for MetroFocus viewers to see some fascinating stories.”

This partnership is the first of several journalism school partnerships in the planning. Student journalists from other journalism schools in the Tri-State area will also produce and submit content regularly to MetroFocus for use online, on mobile and on-air in the upcoming MetroFocus specials this spring and summer.