Columbia Journalism School

Columbia Journalism School

Columbia Journalism School equips students with the skills and perspective they need to flourish in t in Communications, are intensive, rigorous and demanding.

Columbia Journalism School trains students from across the world to become accomplished, high impact journalists. We prepare our graduates to uncover important stories and explain complexities that the public must understand to navigate these challenging times. Our innovative programs have been honed for a century, providing students the foundation and opportunity not only to succeed, but to shape

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The Office of the Provost named Professor Ari Goldman a member of the Senior Faculty Teaching Scholars. This position allows him to work with Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning to strengthen the vision and culture of learning within Columbia Journalism School. Learn more:

Teens Incarcerated at Rikers Island Are Finding Hope in Improv 11/21/2023

For Teen Vogue, Rita Omokha, '20 M.S., went inside Rikers Island to provide an in-depth exploration of the effects of improv acting. Read how Drama Club supports a young population and their potential for rehabilitation through creative expression:

Teens Incarcerated at Rikers Island Are Finding Hope in Improv "Every day was the same. So this, I look forward to it.”


The 2024 Lukas Prizes are still open for submissions. These prizes recognize excellence in nonfiction across genres and topics — and will award a combined total of $70,000 to the winning authors. Submit your work today:

Photos from DOC NYC's post 11/17/2023

Malak AlSayyad, '23 M.S., unleashed "the power of cinematic storytelling" with her award-winning documentary "I Told You So." The film was developed during her time at Columbia Journalism School, with the support of Documentary Program Director June Cross and Professor Thor Neureiter.


Announcing the 2024 Fellows of the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program. Each fellow will use the 21 weeks of the program to develop and accelerate a strategic project for their media organization. Learn about the fellows and their initiatives:

So Thieves Nabbed Your Catalytic Converter. Here’s Where It Ended Up. 11/15/2023

Catalytic converter theft is common — but where are the parts going? Isak Hüllert and Eli Tan, both '23 M.S., worked with Prof. Walt Bogdanich to map the parts' path through the recycling industry. The story was forged during CJS's spring Investigative Project course. Read now:

So Thieves Nabbed Your Catalytic Converter. Here’s Where It Ended Up. The pollution control devices contain valuable metals, making them a hot commodity for recycling. Some beneficiaries of the thefts look the other way.


Today: The Missiles on Our Land debuts in partnership with Scientific American and Princeton. Principal investigator and CJS Professor Nina Berman directed, edited and shot this examination into the human and environmental risks incurred by the U.S. nuclear weapons projects. Watch now at

With direction and cinematography by Duy Linh Tu; cinematography and editing by Sebastian Tuinder; and with data from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The combined state-of-the-art simulations with rigorous, on-the-ground journalism.

CJS alumni on the project include Tulika Bose, ‘18 M.S., Executive Producer and Editor, and Jeffery DelViscio, '06 M.S., Chief Multimedia Editor and Executive Producer at SciAm. Katie Watson and Todd Whitney, both of the Brown Institute, supported the data-based story and podcast respectively.


✍️ If you're a journalist passionate about education, the Spencer Education Fellowship is here to support you. Develop an ambitious, longform project that enhances understanding of the industry in America and beyond. Join the Nov. 28 info session to learn how:


Next Tuesday, Noember 14: see Mstyslav Chernov's -nominated film "20 Days in Mariupol" in Pulitzer Hall. Then join Raney Aronson-Rath, Michelle Mizner, Polina Buchak and CJS Documentary Program Director June Cross for a panel on this acclaimed work from FRONTLINE PBS. Register now:


Announcing the 2024 duPont-Columbia Award Finalists. These thirty journalists uphold the highest standards of journalism, and are being honored for their outstanding audio and video reporting in the public interest. For the full list of finalists and their reporting, visit:

Deeply reported, well told.


Director of the Documentary Journalism Program June Cross and executive producer of Frontline PBS Raney Aronson-Rath, '95 M.S., were featured on WVPB discussing the public's diminished trust in the news media. 📷: Julie Blackwood. Listen now:


📢 Watch this space on Thursday, November 9, for the announcement of the 2024 duPont-Columbia Awards Finalists! These awards honor journalists for their outstanding work in audio and video journalism. Visit for more.


On Thursday, join the Li Center's Azmat Khan, the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University and Columbia Global Centers Amman for "Twenty Years On: Technology's Influence on the Nature of Warfare and Humanitarian Action." Register for the hybrid event:

Photos from Columbia Journalism School's post 11/06/2023

On Saturday, prospective students from colleges and communities across NYC came to Pulitzer Hall for the CJS Fall 2023 Weekend Workshop.

They spent the day learning about journalism from Dean Jelani Cobb and gained hands-on reporting training from Professors Alexis Clark, '02 M.S., Jonathan Soma, and Robert Smith. The faculty and staff were thrilled to meet so many talented budding journalists, and hope that many will seek to continue their education at Columbia.


“The Janes” is a Award-winning film about an underground illegal abortion network run by women and for women in 1970s Chicago.

Directors Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin joined CJS Professor Jessica Bruder in a conversation about the group of “outlaws” who outsmarted the Chicago police department, the Catholic Church and the mob — and why these events are still relevant today. Listen here:

And, watch this space next Thursday for announcement of the Finalists!


Columbia Journalism is welcoming Margaret Sullivan back to Pulitzer Hall. A columnist for the Guardian US, Sullivan will become the Executive Director for the Craig Newmark Center for Journalism Ethics and Security on January 1, 2024. Learn more here:

The Dictators’ Bank: How Central America’s Main Development Bank Enabled Corruption and Authoritarianism - OCCRP 11/01/2023

Columbia Journalism Investigations collaborated with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project on this year-long investigation into Central America's key development bank.

CJS alumni Mariana Castro, '22 M.S., Madeline Fixler, '22 M.S. Stabile and Andrew Little, '22 M.S., uncovered myriad problems showing how the bank has favored political and economic elites over those most in need of its funding.

The investigation, “The Dictators’ Bank,” launched this week. Read the first piece now:

The Dictators’ Bank: How Central America’s Main Development Bank Enabled Corruption and Authoritarianism - OCCRP The Central American Bank for Economic Integration was created to give the region more control over its own development, but a new investigation by OCCRP and partners raises questions about the ban...


📆 If your favorite film is "All the President's Men," the M.A. Politics Concentration could be for you. Next week, Admissions experts spotlight its rigorous training that prepares you to report on political life, here and around the world. Register now:

Photos from Columbia Journalism School's post 10/31/2023

No tricks — just treating Dean Jelani Cobb to an award! Recognized as the Hero of Morningside Heights by the West 111 St. Block Association, he was honored for going beyond reporting and being "a profound interpreter of our personal and shared visions." 📷: Susan Farley


Columbia Journalism faculty, staff and students: join Professor Duy Linh Tu for a screening of Hulu's Grand Knighthawk — a documentary based on reporting by Jason Dearen, '02 M.S. Learn more:


Philip S. Balboni Professor of Local Journalism Juan Manuel Benítez was honored for decades of rigorous reporting with the HOLA Excellence in Television award. Learn more about the prestigious event and Benítez's work:


📈 On 10/27, CJS Admissions experts will be leading a seminar on the M.A. Business & Economics Concentration. This program guides experienced journalist looking to join this growing sector to report high-level stories. Don't miss out — register now:


Applications for the 2024 are open through December! These award recognizes excellence in nonfiction, from WIPs to bestsellers! Learn more and apply today:


Ready to make science come alive? Join Tuesday to learn about the M.A. Science Concentration. This program teaches experienced journalists how to interpret and contextualize studies, and develop ways of thinking to cover any scientific field. Register now:

In Limbo in Tbilisi 10/20/2023

This week in The Delacorte Review: Masha Udensiva-Brenner, '21 M.S., details the lives of Russian expats who've landed in the Georgian capitol of Tbilisi. Check out the piece, co-published with Literary Hub:

In Limbo in Tbilisi Georgia’s capital feels like Casablanca — filled with Russian expats, waiting.


Pulitzer Hall is thrilled to host the Latina Leadership Program — the National Association of Hispanic Journalists's Adelante Academy's inaugural initiative.

"We look forward to the difference this academy will make for Latina journalists and the broader industry," said Dean Cobb. Apply by 11/19:


CJS is going purple in honor of GLAAD . Two-thirds of youth have experienced discrimination in the past year — and they need support now more than ever. Grab some purple swag from the Spirit Day table in Pulitzer Hall, and take a stand to !


Lipman Center Director Robe Imbriano invites you to learn more about the rights of asylum seekers with Elora Mukherjee, Max Siegelbaum '16 M.S. Stabile, and Global Migration Project director Sarah Stillman. Register today:


💻 CJS brings together the arts and sciences: the Dual M.S. degree in Journalism & Computer Science teaches the fundamentals of both programming and publishing. Register now to learn how you can explore the frontiers of journalism with cutting-edge tools:


🌆 CJS is coming to the west coast! On October 15, join experts from the admissions team for an information session detailing degree programs and answering application FAQs. Reserve your seat today:

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About Columbia Journalism School

For over a century, Columbia has led the way to journalism’s future, educating and training students from around the world to become accomplished professional journalists. Uniquely positioned in the media capital of the world and at one of America's finest universities, the Journalism School prepares students to become leaders in the industry and shape the path of the profession.

Our programs are intensive, rigorous and demanding. They cover the bedrock values of journalistic excellence, ethics, inquiry and professional practices. Journalism School students learn how to thrive in the rapidly changing world of digital media and how to uncover, analyze and explain the stories of our time.

Our students train as part of a global community that transcends borders. Students come from nearly 50 countries and a wide range of backgrounds. They report in diverse neighborhoods across New York City and beyond. They have opportunities daily to meet with faculty, alumni and leaders from around the world.

Our faculty members are award‐winning reporters, editors, filmmakers and digital media specialists. They are experienced, independent thinkers with histories of professional accomplishments who are deeply committed to teaching, challenging and supporting their students.

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