Below is a compilation of the Journalism School’s work to date. We invite members of the Journalism community of faculty, staff, students and alumni to help us achieve our goals by sharing their ideas and partnering with us. Please share your thoughts and ideas here.
Messages from the Journalism School
- A Place on the Corner and The Cosmopolitan Canopy, by Elijah Anderson
- Villa Victoria, by Mario Luis Small
- "The Case for Reparations,"(The Atlantic) by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Interview with James Baldwin, Vanity Fair (1968)
- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and accompanying film by Raoul Peck Baldwin
- School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson for Pro Publica by by Nikole Hannah-Jones (with companion podcast from This American Life)
- 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo
- Unfinished: The Stories Left Untold in America’s Newsrooms - Columbia Journalism Review
- The Loving Story, documentary directed by Nancy Buirski
- Columbia Journalism School’s Paul Tobenkin Memorial Prize honors outstanding reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States. Read the work of past winners
- Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement by Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker
- The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
- The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress by Jelani Cobb
- Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage by Daria Roithmayr
- George Floyd Could Have Been My Brother by Rita Omokha, J’20, for Elle
Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award
The Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award honors the late New York Herald Tribune reporter, and recognizes outstanding achievements in reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States. See work of winners over the years: https://journalism.columbia.edu/tobenkin#Past_Winners
The Ira A. Lipman Center For Journalism and Civil and Human Rights
Providing leadership for the journalism community by informing and shaping the ways in which we understand race, diversity, civil and human rights. For more information, visit: https://journalism.columbia.edu/lipman-center
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
- Advocates ethical and thorough reporting of trauma; compassionate, professional treatment of victims and survivors by journalists; and greater awareness by media organizations of the impact of trauma coverage on both news professionals and news consumers.
- Educates journalists and journalism students about the science and psychology of trauma and the implications for news coverage.
- Provides a professional forum for journalists in all media to analyze issues, share knowledge and ideas, and advance strategies related to the craft of reporting on violence and tragedy.
- Creates and sustains interdisciplinary collaboration and communication among news professionals, clinicians, academic researchers and others concerned with violence, conflict and tragedy.
For more information, visit: https://dartcenter.org/
The Columbia School of Social Work compiled the list of resources below in collaboration with the Black & Latinx Student Caucus at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. This list draws inspiration from an article written by Zahra Barnes titled 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country.
The New Journalism: Rethinking the News in the Wake of COVID and George Floyd, sponsored by the Columbia Journalism Review. (Date to be announced).
Black Lives Matter, Protest, and Creating Change, hosted by the Office of University Life and moderated by the Journalism School’s Prof. Jelani Cobb, director of the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights, which promotes research and reporting on race, diversity, civil and human rights.
Covering Race and Criminal Justice: Ko Bragg, Sean Campbell and Eileen Grench in conversation with June Cross.
Reporting on Race and Criminal Justice: Mark Rochester, Editor in Chief, Type Investigations in conversation with the Dart Center's Bruce Shapiro
The Office of Career Development trains, supports and aggressively advocates for every student regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, geography, religion, disability, academic and extracurricular interest, family circumstance, sexual orientation, gender-identity, or socio-economic background.
Our office is committed to helping all students navigate the job process, find mentors and negotiate equitable salaries. Our one-on-one counseling is tailored to each individual, and we aim to help every student discover their path, identify and explore a variety of opportunities and highlight their strengths and skills.
We have gathered the resources here to help students confront the unique issues and career challenges they may face, evaluate the commitment of potential workplaces to diversity, equity and inclusion and to connect with affinity groups, allies and mentors.
Career growth: Grants and fellowships, mentor and peer programs, guide to navigating spaces and more.
Salary and benefits: Data, tactics and strategies for negotiating salary.
Accountability: Resources for improving newsroom diversity -- books, surveys, directories and more.
Training: Sources for developing new skills.
JOURNALISM MENTOR PROGRAMS: Programs that connect young journalists with mentors.
Many of these organizations host events, post job listings and offer resources and access to mentors. They are excellent starting points for networking. Several of the national associations have student chapters at the Journalism School. You can see more details on this page.
ORGANIZATIONS PROMOTING DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN MEDIA
We are having ongoing conversations with faculty, staff and alumni and committed to taking concrete action in the coming months, including:
- Publishing an annual Diversity Report
- Increasing the diversity of the student body, starting with providing scholarships for students from Historically Black College and Universities
- Increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff
- Stressing issues of diversity and inclusion in our teaching
- Addressing broader issues of climate