The Newhouse School and the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship believes in giving students quality opportunities to grow by offering experiences to work side by side with industry leaders and experts. These are some of the incredible programs the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship has created for students to accelerate student’s careers and passions.

Held annually in vibrant Austin, Texas, the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) is one of the nation’s premier social and media events, featuring some of the most talented and innovative trendsetters and speakers from the worlds of film, music, and digital media.

Each year, the Center selects a handful of students to represent Syracuse University at the festival. These students not only receive opportunities to showcase their digital media startups, but also to engage with some of the leaders and pioneers of the startup community. Four years ago the Center helped create the Student Startup Madness—a March Madness-styled tournament that pits the country’s best collegiate entrepreneurs in head-to-head matchups for digital media supremacy that culminates at the festival.

For five years, Sean has taken students to SXSW Interactive. The Dean’s Leadership Fund has paid for 5-6 student each year, and additional students usually have paid their own way to join the group.

This past year, we transformed that into an internship with SXSW.

The Mirror Awards are the most important awards for honoring excellence in media industry reporting. Established by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the awards honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit.

The competition is open to anyone who conducts reporting, commentary or criticism of the media industries. Eligible work includes print, broadcast and online editorial content focusing on the development or distribution of news and entertainment.

Entries are evaluated based on excellence of craft, framing of the issue and appropriateness for the intended audience. Winners are chosen by a group of journalists and journalism educators.

Winners and finalists are honored at an awards luncheon, held each June in New York City.

Media Collab

Want to start something? The Newhouse Startup Media Collab is where ideas become reality. Located in Newhouse 1 Room 220, the media collab serves as a place for students to pitch ideas, get feedback and coaching, or work on their startup.

Fall 2017 Collab Hours:

Monday: 9 am – 10:30 pm, 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Wednesday: 9 am – 10:30 am, 12 pm – 3:45 pm

Thursday: 10 am – 3:30 pm

Friday: By appointment only

Media Challenge

The William and Ada Kussell Media Challenge Series is held once a year where experts from the leading edge of established media companies talk about the challenges and issues they face. Challenge students then propose ideas about how to solve these problems. Each installment in the series will focus on a specific field or discipline in the media industry and include special incentives for students, announced live at the event.

Previous Speakers

2017: Spotify, Seth Farbman, Chief Marketing Officer

2016: BuzzFeed, Mark Frackt, Chief Financial Officer, and Matt Trotta, Vice President of Agency Strategy

2014: Condé Nast, Andrew Siegel, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

2013: Turner Broadcasting, Sandy Khaund, Senior Director

Students interested in media innovation and technology are welcome to attend.

The Entrepreneur in Residence works with students one-on-one and in small groups to help them develop, expand and scale startups and new business ventures. They will also have the opportunity to work with faculty to find ways to infuse entrepreneurship into various Newhouse courses, as well as work on new and emerging entrepreneurship initiatives with the center.

Michael Gursha is an entrepreneur, mentor, angel investor and executive. He joined the Newhouse School from Curemark LLC, a New York-based biotech company focused on the treatment of autism and other neurological disorders, where he served as vice president of strategic initiatives. Gursha was one of the initial team members at Curemark and, over the years, held various positions with the company, including director of business development.Gursha is an advisory board member for the Accelerator program at South By Southwest and an advisory council member for New York On Tech. He graduated magna cum laude with dual degrees in television, radio and film from Newhouse and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises from the Whitman School of Management.

The Oh The Places You’ll Go award, aptly named after Dr. Seuss’s award-winning book, recognizes an outstanding Newhouse School senior or graduate student who has demonstrated competence, commitment, and passion for entrepreneurship in the classroom and by starting their own venture.

The first award was handed out in 2015 to Max Doblin, a Media Center alumnus, who founded Hypeist, a scavenger-hunt company promoting brands around New York City. The $500 award is made possible through the generosity of the donor, Julie Rafferty, and encompasses the true meaning of entrepreneurship at the Newhouse School and the Media Center: encouraging students to create real companies and to disrupt the world around them in positive ways.