Watch this space for details on Alumni Weekend 2021.
New Director of Alumni Relations
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.
Featured Alumni Q&A: Rita Omokha, '20 M.S.
Featured in the J-School alumni newsletter:
Spurred by the killing of George Floyd, 2020 Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship recipient Rita Omokha embarked on a cross-country mission to document America's marginalized voices. In this Q&A, she shares her story of reporting during a year defined by the pandemic and protests against racial injustice. Read more »
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:
- Alumni Community: The University's alumni directory. Lookup any alum and find out where they live or work. Upload your bio info so others can find you.
- The J-School group on LinkedIn.
- The J-School Facebook closed group for freelancers.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.