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The Lede Program: An Introduction to Data Practices

Data, code and algorithms are becoming central to research and creative work, and are setting new parameters for the exercise of responsible citizenship. Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Department of Computer Science have together created two new post-bac certification programs that will offer hands-on training in data and data technologies, all taught in the context of journalism, the humanities and the social sciences. These programs assume no prior experience in these topics and are in fact explicitly aimed at students with little or no formal training in computation and data.

The Lede Program was originally announced as the Year Zero program.

Curriculum

Students in the Lede Programs take a variety of computational courses, framed around critical and creative practices in journalism, social science and the humanities. The Lede is really two programs -- one providing an introduction to basic computing, algorithms, databases and data analysis; and the other venturing into advanced versions of these topics, taught in the Department of Computer Science. In both cases, students will leave the program with a portfolio of computational or data-driven "clips," showcasing their proficiency.

Lede-12

Lede-12 is a one-semester, summer-only Certification of Professional Achievement designed for students who want an introduction to computation framed in the practice of journalism, social science and the humanities. Lede-12 students take four courses offered jointly by the J-School and Columbia's Department of Computer Science, and gain a basic knowledge of data, algorithms, databases and visualizations. View a list of sample courses »

Lede-24

Lede-24 is a two-semester, summer and fall Certification of Professional Achievement designed for students who want a deeper education in computational sciences, but starting with the same context in journalism, social science and the humanities. In the summer, students take Lede-12 classes at the J-School. In the fall, students take courses in the Computer Science department or through Columbia's Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, delving into the formal principles behind that work. This course of study is intended for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees where computational knowledge is essential, including the Dual Degree in Journalism and Computer Science offered by Columbia Journalism School. View a list of sample courses »

Apply

The program is open to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree with a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in data technologies. Applications for 2014 are now closed.

Dates

Lede-12 summer classes begin May 27, 2014 and continue through September 3, 2014. For those in the Lede-24 program, the fall semester starts on September 2, 2014 and continues until December 19, 2014.

Tuition

The Lede programs are certification programs from Columbia University and carry a lower tuition cost than a formal degree program. For more information on costs and scholarship aid opportunities, see the Tuition and Fees page ».

Questions? 

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions by emailing jrncomputation@columbia.edu .


Dr. Cathy O'Neil
Director, The Lede Program
Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway
co2156@columbia.edu

(212) 851-1816

Theresa Bradley
Assistant Director, The Lede Program
Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway
tab2107@columbia.edu

(212) 851-1816

Prof. Mark Hansen
Program Advisor
Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway
212-851-9652

 

Start-up funds for The Lede Program were provided by The Tow Foundation.

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