Columbia Journalism School
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  • Columbia pushes the connection between data and journalism.
  • MA '13 grad Davey Alba is a staff writer at Wired.
  • Janelle Richards is an MS '10 graduate and is currently an associate producer at NBC News.
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You seek a life that is fast-paced and exciting. You are curious, open-minded, and like to write. Your engagement with the world makes you determined to live on the front lines and make a difference. If journalism is your calling, answer it at Columbia. 

A Columbia Degree

  • Tell great stories: students learn to write, film and narrate the stories of our time, from deadline reporting to profile writing and documentary features.
  • New York City is your beat: New York is the media capital of the world and the best place to learn how to report and to connect with innovation that is shaping journalism's future.
  • Accelerate your career: in 10 months, you'll develop skills that take years to build in the field, which will put you ahead of the pack.
  • Be in demand: our students, guided by a high-level career services team, have excellent job placements. Upon graduation, you'll join our alumni network of 11,000+.

Choose Your Path

Do you want to be a broadcast journalist?

M.S. students learn to report, shoot and edit stories from Professors Ann Cooper, June Cross, Betsy West, Bill Wheatley, and other award-winning network and documentary producers on our faculty. M.A. students may also specialize in broadcast journalism.

We have a floor dedicated to broadcast studios with state-of-the-art equipment. Whether you want to work in front of the camera or behind the scenes, our faculty will teach you the production skills and the standards of great audio-visual reporting. You will learn to shoot and edit audio and video, and how to write for broadcast on deadline.

The third-semester master's project for M.S. documentary students is designed to train students to be independent film producers and directors. You'll receive one-on-one coaching from a faculty adviser and additional training in visual storytelling, camera work and editing. You will also learn the business side of documentary production — negotiations, rights and clearances, and how to develop a winning production trailer. The resulting film is expected to be of broadcast quality with your final task to ensure placement at a film festival or on television.

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Do you want to be a data journalist?

Columbia Journalism is at the forefront of innovation, pushing the connection between data and journalism.  We offer:

Data specialization: for part-time and full-time M.S. degree students, learn the latest tools in data collection, analysis, and data visualization, all within a curriculum that emphasizes journalistic storytelling at the highest level. Our part-time master’s degree is a flexible alternative to full-time study, and allows working professionals to complete our degree in two years.

The Lede Program: for those not pursuing a full degree in journalism, we offer an intensive Summer or two-semester course in interdisciplinary data practices. In our data-driven world, our Lede Program aims to equip journalists and storytellers of all kinds with the analytic and coding skills needed to turn data into narrative. Students take four core courses in computing, databases, algorithms and platform studies, and may then stay on for additional coursework in Columbia's Department of Computer Science or Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. The program assumes no prior computational experience. View course details and application deadlines.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, led by Emily Bell, is a resource for all students, bringing together leaders in the digital space with the skills and knowledge to lead the future of digital journalism.  The center serves as a research and development center for the profession as a whole, as with its recent work with ProPublica.

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, led by Mark Hansen, is a collaboration between Columbia Journalism and Stanford Engineering.  The Center encourages and supports media innovation, including Magic grants that support teams of graduate or post-graduate working together toward true innovation in the media world.

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Do you want to be an international reporter?

Our degree programs offer a diverse menu of courses to prepare you for reporting across borders and to work in diverse newsrooms with global audiences, whether in New York, London, Dubai, Delhi or Hong Kong. M.S. students learn from a stable of veteran international reporters including Helen Benedict, Sheila Coronel, Steve Coll, Ann Cooper, Howard French, Judith Matloff and others.

Our graduates live and work all over the world, and with an alumni network of 11,000+, you are connected to additional support on the ground.

Columbia Journalism School also offers partnerships with Sciences Po in Paris and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to allow J-school students to study in New York City and abroad. Students receive top-tier training from an American and an international perspective, which provides the opportunity to develop a unique career with an international background.

Our International Studies program hosts affiliate programs where students are eligible for paid newsroom internships in Central Europe, Argentina and India.

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Do you want to be an investigative journalist? 

The Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism is run by Academic Dean Sheila Coronel. M.S. students learn from some of the best investigative journalists in the country, including Walt Bogdanich, a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Charles Ornstein, Kristen Lombardi, Blake Morrison and others.

If you’d like to specialize in investigative journalism, you may apply to the Stabile program in which 15 students are selected to spend the year going investigative reporting for their master’s project.

We also offer high-level investigative courses for those not enrolled in the Stabile investigative program. These students take shorter but similarly intense courses in investigative skills and techniques.

The Toni Stabile Investigative Project Fund supports the most important and promising stories by recent graduates. The fund allows students to retain their official connection to Columbia for the summer or the fall following their graduation to complete investigative projects with the help of the Stabile director. The Stabile Center will help get these projects published or aired.

With support from Stabile Investigative Project Fund, our students publish their master’s projects in major news organizations, like Char Greenfield in The Atlantic and Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein in The Times Union.

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Do you want to be a magazine writer?

M.S. students learn the art of long-form narrative writing from faculty members Helen Benedict, Steve Coll, Nicholas Lemann, Michael Shapiro and others. Immerse yourself in your master’s project to hone your reporting and story development skills. Our curriculum includes multiple seminars in long-form writing, a magazine workshop and a course in how to conceive and write proposals for book publishers.

Our M.A. program teaches you how to report for a project and how to synthesize your findings into a publishable, long-form article. Writing seminars are taught by members of the J-school faculty and subject-area experts and combine course readings, case studies and field trips. The capstone project is a long-form journalism thesis that gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in depth and synthesize what you’ve learned in a sophisticated manner. Many of our graduates publish their theses. Among them are MA '14 Davide Casati's Vatican exposé in The New York Times, MA '14 Torie Rose DeGhett's article in The Atlantic “The War Photo No One Would Publish," and MA '14 Brian Mastroianni's thesis on mime therapy in The Atlantic.

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Are you an experienced journalist? 

Our M.A. program is for journalists with three to 15 years of professional journalism experience to deepen their knowledge in one of four subject areas: politics, arts & culture, science, or business. You develop the knowledge and confidence to ask sophisticated questions, situate news events in their larger context, and evaluate competing claims made by sources. 

The capstone project is a long-form journalism thesis that is intended to give you the opportunity to explore a topic in depth and synthesize what you’ve learn in a sophisticated manner. Many of our graduates publish their theses. Among them are M.A. '14 Davide Casati's Vatican exposé in The New York Times, M.A. '14 Torie Rose DeGhett's article in The Atlantic “The War Photo No One Would Publish," and M.A. '14 Brian Mastroianni's thesis on mime therapy in The Atlantic.

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A Columbia Journalism degree

The skills acquired at Columbia Journalism School are transferrable to any occupation in any city: journalism is all about telling and uncovering great stories.

Our network of 11,000 graduates include leaders in newsrooms around the world, from The New York Times and ABC News, to Al Jazeera and the BBC. 

Columbia Journalism School has a Career Services department that is designed to support you as a student and as a graduate, to plan and develop your career. We offer individual career counseling, online resources with exclusive job postings, and job-related events and recruiter visits throughout the year. Our annual Career Expo, to which all students are invited, is the largest journalism job fair in the country.

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Select the academic degree that interests you:
  • Master of Science in Journalism

    Study the skills and principles of journalism using words, data, images and sound. Full or part-time.

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  • Master of Arts in Journalism

    Go deeper: Arts & Culture, Science, Politics or Business training for experienced journalists.

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  • Ph.D. in Communications

    Take the lead with a multi-disciplinary approach to Communications.

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  • Dual Degree: Journalism & Computer Science

    Apply computer science, engineering and related skills in a digital news environment.

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