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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 new post-bac certification program that offers hands-on training in data and data technologies, all taught in the context of journalism, social science and the humanities. The program assumes no prior experience in these topics and is in fact explicitly aimed at students with little or no formal training in computation and data.

Curriculum

Lede students take a variety of computational courses, framed around critical and creative practices in journalism, social science and the humanities. 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, taught in the Department of Computer Science. In both cases, students can expect to leave 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, starting with that same context in journalism, social science and the humanities. In the summer, students take Lede 12 classes at the J-School. In the fall, they take courses in the Department of Computer Science or through Columbia's Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, delving into the formal principles behind that work. This course is intended for students who hope 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 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.

Dates

Lede 12 summer classes will 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.

Tuition

As certification programs from Columbia University, the Lede programs cost less than a formal degree. For more information on tuition and scholarship aid opportunities, see the Tuition and Fees page ».

Questions? 

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


Theresa Bradley
Director, The Lede Program
Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
tab2107@columbia.edu

(212) 851-1816

Prof. Mark Hansen
Program Advisor
Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway

New York, NY 10027
markh@columbia.edu

212-851-9652

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

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