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Craigslist founder donates $20 million to journalism school

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is donating $20 million to the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The institution will be renamed the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. The school is housed in the former headquarters of The New York Herald Tribune on West 40th Street, which CUNY purchased in August 2004 for $60 million.

Newmark says it’s important to build a sustainable future for trustworthy journalism.

The New York Times says Craigslist put a dent in newspaper classified ads and is often blamed, in part, for the industry’s revenue decline. Newmark says newspapers started losing circulation and revenue “long before Craigslist.”

He’s also made major donations to other institutions devoted to journalism.

Newmark, who’s making the donation through Craig Newmark Philanthropies, says he especially admires CUNY’s commitment to diversity and scholarship support.

Additional reporting by AP

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