The Lede Program: An Introduction to Data Practices
Data, code and algorithms are becoming central to research and creative work - transforming industries, reshaping lives and setting new parameters for responsible citizenship. Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Department of Computer Science have together created a post-bac certification program that offers hands-on training in data and data technologies, all taught in the context of the social sciences and humanities. The program assumes no prior experience in these topics and is explicitly aimed at students with little or no formal training in computation and data.
Lede students take a variety of computational courses, framed around critical and creative practices in social science, the humanities and journalism. The course is really two sequential programs - one providing an introduction to basic computing, algorithms, databases and data analysis; and the other venturing into advanced versions of these topics. In both cases, students can expect to leave with a portfolio of computational or data-driven clips showcasing their new skills.
Lede 12 is a one-semester, summer-only Certification of Professional Achievement for students who want an introduction to data and computation, presented in an applied context. Lede 12 students take four intensive courses at the Journalism School, gaining a strong foundation in coding, data, algorithms and visualization. View a list of sample courses »
Lede 24 is a two-semester, summer and fall Certification of Professional Achievement for students who want a deeper computational education. In the summer, they take Lede 12 classes at the J-School; in the fall, they study at the Department of Computer Science or through Columbia's Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, delving into the formal principles behind their work. The course is meant to prepare students for advanced practice in computational and data sciences. View a list of sample courses »
The Lede Program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree, strong academic record and demonstrated interest in data technologies. We begin accepting applications again in late 2014; the deadline for 2015 admission is Feb. 15, 2015.
Lede 12 summer classes begin at the end of May and continue through Labor Day 2015. For those in the Lede 24 program, the fall semester starts on September 8, 2015 and runs through December 23, 2015.
As certification programs from Columbia University, Lede programs cost less than a formal degree. For more information on tuition and scholarship aid opportunities, see our Tuition and Fees page ».
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Prof. Mark Hansen
Start-up funds for The Lede Program were provided by The Tow Foundation.