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Elise Czajkowski

Writer/Editor

New York, New York

Elise Czajkowski

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Journalists discuss industry’s struggles with racial equity and how to move forward

After the killing of George Floyd in late May of 2020, issues surrounding racial equity sprung up across America, including in many media organizations. Newsrooms vowed to improve the diversity in their ranks, and a flood of attention was focused on products and ventures created by and for people of color.
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Why journalists are flocking to newsletters

Why are newsletters increasingly journalists’ distribution method of choice? Three alums of the Entrepreneurial Journalism program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism explain what appealed to them about newsletters. For many journalists, the ability to build personal relationships with their audience is a key appeal of newsletters.
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Taking a leap of faith during a pandemic

How the Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership encouraged this German journalist to find a job with more impact in 2020. The goal was to create a hybrid between a local news site and a social media platform, in the style of Nextdoor. Droessler’s background was in journalism, and he says he was given little instruction other than to “please, make it work somehow.”.
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Print-Only in a Digital World

A few independent commercial publishers are rediscovering the joys of print. Will they survive long enough to tell the tale? Not quite horse-and-buggy: The small, well-designed magazine without a web edition. The future of print media is murky, but decidedly dark. Will it go the way of the tape player and the DVD player — still in existence, with niche audiences, but losing out at every step to digital?
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It’s Time to Retire the Man on the Street

Building trust in news means forming thoughtful connections, not shaking opinions out of random pedestrians.
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Lenfest’s Constellation Initiative is helping Journalists of Color in Philadelphia build networks and ascend to power

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Celebrating the inaugural Executive Program Cohort

In March, the first cohort of the Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism completed their capstone projects. Susanne Amann (01:15:50–01:21:44) has served as managing editor and been in charge of human resources, budgeting, and change at DER SPIEGEL since 2019.
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2021 Visions: How Should Media Entrepreneurship Evolve?

Instructors and coaches working with the Professional Development and Executive Education programs at the Newmark J-School share what they hope to see in media entrepreneurship in 2021. This is the final post in our four-part “Visions 2021” series. Here, we’ll focus on media entrepreneurism. In this series, we asked members of the Newmark J-School community what they hope to see in newsroom leadership, media entrepreneurship and product development in the new year.
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2021 Visions: How Should News Product Evolve?

Instructors and coaches working with the Professional Development and Executive Education programs at the Newmark J-School share what they hope to see in newsroom product development in 2021. This is the third of four posts in our “Visions 2021” series. Here, we will focus on newsroom product development.
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2021 Visions: What has to change in Media Leadership? Part II

Instructors and coaches working with the Professional Development and Executive Education programs at the Newmark J-School share what they hope to see in newsroom leadership in 2021. This is the second of four posts in our “Visions 2021” series. We are continuing to focus on newsroom leadership in this post.
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2021 Visions: What has to change in Media Leadership? Part I

Instructors and coaches working with the Professional Development and Executive Education programs at the Newmark J-School share what they hope to see in newsroom leadership in 2021. For many in the media, 2020 was a year of extraordinary hardships, difficult conversations and small glimmers of hope.
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10 Ways to View the Creator Economy

2020 has been a big year for journalists launching their own newsletters, podcasts, YouTube channels and other products. It’s not an easy path, and many are looking around for lessons and models. This fall, to serve this growing community, the Newmark Graduate of Journalism’s Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program became one of the first academic programs to focus on helping independent producers sustainably build and grow their niche journalism products.
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About

Elise Czajkowski

Currently, I write the "Need to Know" newsletter for the American Press Institute, which explores trends in journalism at home and abroad. I also write content for the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY about subjects journalism entrepreneurship, newsroom leadership, audience engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

In the spring of 2019, I was a Tow Knight Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Newmark School of Journalism, where I launching a non-profit called Sidewalk News, which uses outdoor advertising to distribute local news.

I also cover comedy and media in New York City; I previously compiled the comedy listings for The New York Times, and wrote for The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Splitsider, Flavorpill, Time Out New York, Paste Magazine, Vulture, The Awl, and GOOD Magazine.

I have a degree from New York University in Broadcast Journalism and International Politics. As well as holding real jobs, I have written questions for BBC 4 quiz show "Only Connect", read the news on New Zealand radio, and audio described plays for blind audiences.

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Skills

  • Drupal
  • Flourish
  • Tableau
  • CSS
  • HTML5
  • Wordpress
  • Tableau
  • Google Analytics
  • Final Cut Pro
  • ENPS
  • Burli
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Avid iNEWS
  • Audacity
  • Adobe Photoshop