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. In this data-driven world, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Department of Computer Science have launched an intensive, post-bac certification program designed to equip journalists and storytellers of all kinds with the computational skills needed to turn data into narrative. The program assumes no prior experience in these topics.
Lede students take hands-on classes in data and data technologies, all taught in the critical and creative contexts of the social sciences and humanities. The program is split into two sequential sections - one providing an introduction to computing, data analysis and data visualization; and the other venturing into advanced versions of these topics. In both cases, students can expect to leave with a portfolio of data-driven clips showcasing their new skills.
Lede 12 is a one-semester, summer-only Certification of Professional Achievement for students who want an applied introduction to data and computation. Students take four intensive courses hosted at the Journalism School, gaining a strong foundation in coding, statistics, data, algorithms and visualization. See 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 through Columbia's Department of Computer Science or 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. See sample courses »
The Lede Program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree, strong academic record and demonstrated interest in data technologies. The deadline for 2015 admission is Feb. 15, 2015.
Lede 12 summer classes begin May 26 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 at 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.