Since the school's founding 100 years ago, Columbia Journalism School graduates have been instrumental in countless news media organizations. Alumni have also created well-known brands such as Simon & Schuster (Max Schuster '17), Banana Republic (Mel Ziegler '68), Edelman Worldwide (Daniel Edelman '41, Renee Edelman '80s), the Standard Hotel (Andre Balazs '79), and many more.
But what about in recent years? Below are startups launched by J-School alumni in the past few years.
If you know of others, please email Assistant Director Anusha Shrivastava at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide the name of the founder, co-founder or similar role.
AllThingsD - "tech and startup company news"
Walt Mossberg, '70 @karaswisher
Kara Swisher, '85 @waltmossberg
San Francisco, Washington DC, NYC
Spot.Us - "community-funded reporting"
David Cohn, '08 @digidave
San Francisco Bay Area
HaveToHave - "a registry for your lifestyle"
Carla Holtze, '09 @carlaholtze
PeriscopePost - "news in perspective"
Thomas Gommes, '06
Social Media News NY - “innovative news community on Facebook, serving New York's social
mediaprofessionals and sharing our learning”
Mo Krochmal, ’95 @krochmal
Tehran Bureau - "an independent source of news on Iran and the Iranian diaspora"
Kelly Niknejad, MS'05, MA'06, @golnoushn
GlobalPost - "international news and US news for a digital age"
Phil Balboni, '71
Charles Sennott, '86 @CMSennott
JiNi Productions -"making art with light and sound"
Jehangir Irani, '10 @jehangirirani
Edward Chun, '10 @edwardchun
SocialWorkout - "social goal setting for big groups and brave individuals"
Oliver Ryan, '04 @eauryan
(also co-founder of ApartmentTherapy, 50m pageviews & 20 employees)
ARA - Associated Reporters Abroad - "we cover the world for you"
Jabeen Bhatti, '97
Harald Franzen, '97
Michael Levitin, '02
Occupied Wall Street Journal
Michael Levitin, ’02, co-founder and managing editor
San Franciso Public Press - “noncommercial, public-interest news for the San Francisco Bay
Michael Stoll, ’98 @stollmichael
Lila LaHood, ’98 @lilalahood
Birkeland Group - "focused strategic consulting"
Carl Guess, '95 @carl.guess
RGLabsInc - "change how people hire, form teams and start companies"
John McGrath, '97 @wordie
TinySpark - "igniting debate about the business of doing good"
Amy Costello, '98 @costello_amy
WebbMedia - "tracking trends to help you take advantage of what's next"
Amy Webb, '01 @webbmedia
The following two sites by Michael Cervieri, '03 @bmunch
ScribeLabs - "connecting publishing solutions to the real-time, social & mobile web"
Future Journalism Project - "exploring disruption, opportunity and innovation in
NYC - blog launched Dec 2010, project launching Dec 2011
Contently - "empowering and connecting quality writers and brands"
Shane Snow, '10 @shanesnow
Tablet - "a new read on Jewish life"
Alana Newhouse, '07, @alananewhouse
Cerosetenta - "stories to read, hear and watch"
Lorenzo Morales, '07 @lorenzomorales
Hodinkee - "watches worth knowing about"
http://www.hodinkee.com/ @hodinkee (ranked in Time's 50 best websites)
Benjamin Clymer, '12 @benjaminclymer
(helped launch Jay-Z's Life+Times site)
PublicBusiness - "investing in public interest business journalism"
Damian Kahya, MA '09 @damiankahya
Maha Rafi Atal, MA '09 @maharafiatal
Medialation - “make money doing what you do best: spreading information”
Khalil Jetha, '09 @khaliljetha
Well+Good - "guide to wellness culture, experts and health in NYC"
Alexia Brue, MA '08
Vayable - "experience the world differently"
Jamie Wong, '06 @jamiejwong
OverFiftyAndOutofWork - "stories of the Great Recession"
Sue Siprelle, '09 @50plusoutofwork
DNAinfo - “Manhattan local news”
Leela deKretser, ’05 @leeladek
Sree Sreenivasan, ’93 @sree (only writing a column now)
ComedyBeat - "comedy business news"
Carl Unegbu, '03 @ocarls
Diane Vacca, '06 @DianeVBI
Eddie Vega, '07 @evegaonline
Noir Nation - "eBook journal of international crime fiction"
Eddie Vega, '07 @evegaonline
Newsquote - "live interviews online"
Andrea Thalemann, '94
Global Reporting Centre - "tell under-covered global stories"
Peter Klein, '93
ReservoirPhoto - “sending photos directly to desktops of photos editors”
Maya Vidon-White, ’90
Granny Cart Productions - "Creative corporate videos and documentaries"
Elettra Fiumi and Lea Khayata, '11 @GrannyCart @EFiumi @Lea_k
SWAN - Southern World Arts News
(started in 2011, to be dot-com this year)
Alecia McKenzie, '85 * email@example.com
Blackline - The Blackline Magazine
Lerone Wilson and Robert Thompson, '08
The following four sites by Jeff Novich, '04
NOTE FROM JEFF: I'm on the board of the CVC - Columbia Venture Community, a meetup for
Columbia folks. Everyone should join: http://www.meetup.com/ColumbiaVC/
VocabSushi - "learn vocab through the context of sentences taken from news articles"
used in classrooms and for SAT/other test prep)
FareShareNYC - "iphone app for sharing cabs"
NYC; London launching soon
PoorSquare - “freebies on Foursquare”
PatientCommunicator - "communications and practice management for independent
Education News Colorado - "Comprehensive reporting of state education policymaking, policy implementation and district news. Based in Denver, focused on districts along the Front Range and across the state. Four full-time staff."
B-List- "New comedy web series"
Three sites by Michael Rosenblum '83
Rosenblumtv.com - "building low-cost TV networks worldwide"
NYVS.com - "An online video school"
The Guardian Media Academy - "a training center for journalists in partnership with The Guardian Newspaper"
If you know of others (please provide the name of the founder or co-founder or similar role in the title), please email Assistant Director Anusha Shrivastava at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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