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Watch this space for details on Alumni Weekend 2021.

New Director of Alumni Relations

Anusha Shrivastava headshot

The J-School welcomes Anusha Shrivastava, Ph.D., as Director of Alumni Relations. Meet Anusha »

Alumni Awards

2020 headshots of winners

The Columbia Journalism School Alumni Awards are presented every year to distinguished graduates who exemplify the best of the Journalism School's high standards of journalism. The 2020 winners are Michelle Johnson, ’82 M.S.; Donna Ladd, ’01 M.S., and Natasha Lebedeva, ’94 M.S. The J-School is also presenting the First Decade Award, for graduates of the last 10 years, to Alexandra Bell, ’13 M.S., and Robert Fieseler, ’13 Part-time M.S. 

For more information on the 2020 winners, see our press release here

To see the complete list of past winners please click HERE.

Let Us Know What You're Up To

Update your contact information here to receive up-to-date announcements. Join the Alumni Community for a directory of other graduates. Questions? Email us at

Alumni Resources

Career Development

If you are looking to update your skills or find a new job, or you've just published a book or have a job change, you will find many resources through your J-School and Columbia University association. They include:

  • JobNews: Log on for a list of opportunities, including jobs, fellowships and freelance gigs maintained by our office of Career Development. JobNews also includes career resources, including resume and cover letter guides, job-hunting resources, and more,
  • Additional resources, including recordings of past events. Deadline Calendar, events calendar, and more.

To explore these resources, you’ll need your UNI.

In addition, go here to tap into the network of J-School alumni:

Don't forget to look for us on Twitter or Facebook.

Up your skills through the J-School's Professional Development program. Learn about immersive, specialized training for nondegree students offered here at the J-School or at our partner campuses around the globe.

Books and Job News: Have you written a book or have a new job or job change that you’d like the alumni community to know about? Tell us for inclusion in the monthly J-School alumni newsletter, which is emailed to all alumni, by emailing us at You can also submit details about your new book for inclusion in Columbia Magazine, published quarterly by the University’s Office of Alumni and Development, by emailing them at

Alumni Board

The Alumni Board is the official link between graduates and the school's faculty, administration and current students. Board members are alumni who are willing to give of their time to help the Alumni Office come up with ways to engage graduates worldwide through programs and services.

See the current board members.

Give Back

As an alum, you can support the future of journalism in many ways:

Hire a Journalism School Graduate 

As an alum of the Journalism School, your achievements build over the years. Many alumni take the opportunity to “pay it forward” as mentors or hiring managers to the next generation. If you are a hiring editor or producer and want to interview Journalism School students for jobs and internships, please contact the Career Development Office, post a listing on our JobNews board or attend our annual Career Expo, the biggest of its kind at any journalism school.

Support the Journalism School

Learn how your donations can extend the mission of the Journalism School. 

Mentor a Current Student 

Through the mentor program, we give you an opportunity to help a current student get a handle on different aspects of the industry and form a professional relationship with a working journalist. The program is currently being revised. 



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