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The George T. Delacorte Center

Delacorte Lectures on Magazine Journalism

The Delacorte Lectures, presented Thursdays in the spring semester, examine aspects of magazine journalism by a leader in the field of magazine publishing. The series is headed by Victor Navasky, the George T. Delacorte Professor in Magazine Journalism and director of the Delacorte Center.

All lectures are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. in the Journalism School's Joseph Pulitzer World Room (third floor) and will be live streamed. The 2016 Delacorte Moderator is Eric Bates.


Watch video of past Delacorte Lectures and more here.

Spring 2015 Schedule

2016 Delacorte Moderator

ERIC BATES is a veteran magazine editor and writer whose work has sparked numerous reforms and earned many of the profession’s highest honors. As the first editor of First Look Media, a digital startup, he oversaw the launch of The Intercept and directed its reporting on classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden. For nearly a decade he served as executive editor of Rolling Stone, where he oversaw the magazine’s feature writing and political reporting, reestablishing the publication as a leading source of in-depth journalism. He assigned and edited the magazine’s influential exposes of Wall Street corruption, as well as the celebrated profile that led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and his own cover stories included three Oval Office interviews with President Obama. He also served as investigative editor of Mother Jones and editor in chief of Southern Exposure, where he spearheaded groundbreaking investigations of military contractors, for-profit prisons, factory farming, welfare reform and predatory lending. He has served as a visiting lecturer at Duke University and a trustee of Antioch College. His work has earned seven National Magazine Awards, the profession’s highest honor, and has been a finalist for the award another seven times.  


Magazine faculty at the school include Profs. Victor Navasky, Cyndi Stivers, Helen Benedict and Michael Shapiro, and many adjunct faculty from the profession. In recent years, these have included John Bennet, David Blum, Marie Brenner, Kevin Buckley, Jose Ferrer, Stephen Fried, Robert Love, Cathleen McGuigan, Bruce Porter, Amy Wilentz, Roger Youman and others. A board of editorial advisers, composed of industry leaders, helps guide the Center's programs and initiatives.


George T. Delacorte ('13CC), the founder of Dell Publishing and a devoted Columbia alumnus, generously enabled the University to create the Delacorte Professorship in the Humanities and to enhance the campus physically. His great contribution was the founding in 1984 of the George T. Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism and the creation of the Delacorte Professorship in Magazine Journalism. Columbia recognized his devotion to the University by awarding him an honorary doctorate in 1982.


The mission of the Delacorte Center is:

  1. To provide students a theoretical understanding of, and practical experience with, magazine writing, editing and publishing.

  2. To generate a continuing exchange of ideas with the professional magazine community.

  3. To provide students the technical skills and experience needed to function effectively in the computer-driven world of magazine publishing.

  4. To introduce students to the special role journals of opinion and ideas can play in a democratic society.

  5. To provide technical assistance to students interested in launching their own magazine ventures.


The George T. Delacorte Center promotes and coordinates all activities related to magazine study within the school. The Center offers a broad range of courses in magazine journalism; serves as the coordinating focus for master's projects in long-form journalism; operates the Delacorte Magazine Lab; presents the annual George T. Delacorte Lecture Series and other lectures, symposia and similar events for students, the industry and the public; organizes informal and regular meetings between students and professional magazine writers, editors and publishers; advises journalism students on academic and professional goals; and provides workshops for those in the industry who seek to improve their skills and technical expertise.

Columbia Journalism Review

The Center also interacts with the Columbia Journalism Review, the nation's oldest and most respected journalism publication. CJR was founded in 1961 to assess the performance of journalism in all its forms, to call attention to its shortcomings and strengths; to help define and redefine the standards of honest, responsible service; to stimulate continuing improvement in the profession and to speak out for what is right, fair and decent. The magazine is published bimonthly and is edited by a professional staff with the advice of a board of editorial advisers. CJR offers a one-year staff position and fellowships to outstanding Journalism School students.



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