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Back to the Future

Determined to embrace the new media demands of an increasingly high-tech profession, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism converted a landmark of New York's glorious newspaper past into a 21st century facility.

When renovating their campuses to meet 21st century needs, many administrators will be tempted simply to bulldoze old buildings. Sometimes that's the wisest course. But sometimes the past has a role to play. In professions like journalism, it's important not to lose sight of the storied tradition that connects today's students to the core tenets of print and broadcast journalism.

Certainly, that was one of the guiding principles when the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism set out to revamp the former home of the New York Herald Tribune in midtown Manhattan. Its goal was to create a 21st century learning facility within the confines of a 90-year-old building--and bring the profession's past, present, and future together for the benefit of the school's journalists in training.

About the Author

Jennifer Demski is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY.

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