Journalism Creator Summit



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How to Succeed as a Creator - Strategies and Tactics

Join us to learn the secrets of creators who are making it work. Drawing on six new case studies we’ve developed, this summit spotlights creators who share mistakes they’ve made, lessons they’ve learned and specific tactics you can apply. 

Learn the counterintuitive tactics they’re employing to strengthen their work and grow their readership. If you’re a creator looking for inspiration and ideas, join us for a feast of insight from creators who are gradually finding success.

• When? Friday, November 4th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Eastern Time

• Where? Zoom! You will receive an email closer to Nov 4 inviting you to access the event online

• Cost? Free of charge!

​​The summit is hosted by CUNY's Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and sponsored by the Meta Journalism Project.

Check out our summit schedule and our line up of speakers 👇🤩

💡 How creators reach their first 10, 100, 1000 paid subscribers
11:00 - 11:50 am ET

From simple growth strategies to counterintuitive tactics, the creators in this panel have found creative ways to reach out to readers. Some tactics worked — many didn’t. Hear from experienced creators about what works and what’s not worth the time in this panel focused on how they've reached milestone after milestone on the windy path to sustainability.

💪 25 Tasks in 24 Hours: Prioritizing tasks while finding time for the rest of their lives
12:00 - 12:50 pm ET

Building something from scratch requires not just persistence, but resilience. It also means having a plan for making the most of each day without feeling overwhelmed. This panel spotlights creators who share candid stories of facing and overcoming challenges and finding a workflow that works. They’ll share what they’ve learned so you can avoid repeating mistakes and can benefit from the strategies they grew to rely on in surviving the treacherous early months and the hard periods of plateau.

💬 Open Lunch Discussion —  Getting unstuck and breaking past a plateau
1:00 - 1:25 pm ET

In this solutions-focused conversation with Jeremy Caplan, Director of the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program at CUNY, we’ll invite participants to share strategies for beating stagnation and moving forward after periods when progress stalled.

⚡️Combo Power — How creators find collaborators to work together and amplify impact  
1:30 - 2:20 pm ET

Creators who find collaborators often succeed in amplifying their impact. Some work together for one-off content projects. Others collaborate on marketing efforts, like cross-promotions and joint events. Still others find ways to bundle products, services or subscriptions to make more money. This session digs into how collaboration can be crucial for creators to thrive.

  • Jay Clouse, writer of Creator Science and the host of Creative Elements, a narrative-interview podcast exploring how today’s top creators make a living with their art and creativity. 

  • Amanda McLoughlin, creator and CEO of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and consultancy

  • Andrew Huang, co-founder and the chief executive officer of The Yappie, the only publication dedicated to tracking the rise of Asian American and Pacific Islander political power.

  • Moderator: Ambreen Ali, author of this case study, EJCP alumna, and founder of Central Desi, a newsletter covering New Jersey's South Asian community.

🚀 The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Creators  
2:30 - 3:00 pm ET

Join us for a final deep dive into the key takeaways from today’s summit. You’ll hear the juiciest nuggets, the most practical takeaways, and the most surprising tactics that creators shared in the research for these case studies.

  • Jeremy Caplan, Director of the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program at CUNY

  • Ambreen Ali, case study author, EJCP alumna, and founder of Central Desi, a newsletter covering New Jersey's South Asian community.

  • Krystal Knapp, case study author, EJCP alumna, and founder of, a hyperlocal news site covering all things Princeton.


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