Tell stories in video.
Our documentary classes are hands-on and immersive. Student work has impact and wins awards. Our third-semester Documentary Program allows students to focus in-depth on a story.
What We Offer
The Journalism School is deeply engaged with the burgeoning world of journalistic documentaries. Our faculty of working filmmakers trains students to report and produce short and longform documentaries. The entire school community has the opportunity to encounter some of the most acclaimed documentarians of the day with our Film Fridays series, which brings first‐run films and their directors to screen and discuss their latest work. Recent visitors include Alex Gibney, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Koppel, Stanley Nelson and Josh Oppenheimer. You can hear some of these conversations at the podcast On Assignment.
For students who want further immersion and a chance to produce a longer documentary, we offer a third semester Documentary Program concentration. Students work in teams of two to report, shoot and edit a half hour film. Projects from recent Documentary classes have screened at the Tribeca and DOC NYC film festivals and have been licensed by distributors like The New York Times video, PBS and Fusion. Student documentaries are featured at DocFest, an all‐school screening event in December.
Our classes allow students to gain the technical and storytelling skills needed to report and produce award-winning documentaries that have impact.
Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions.
Doc '15 students Scilla Alecci & George Steptoe investigated how coworkers abuse female correction officers.See The NYT report.
Doc '15 student Amina Mujtaba's film explores the cultural practice of arranged marriages in a contemporary American society.Watch the trailer.
The Video Storytelling class experiments with 360-immersive, virtual reality video.Watch two videos of student work.
Doc '15 students Maya Albanese and Nicole Ellis made a film about blind New Yorkers looking for love in the digital age.Watch the trailer.
Professor of Journalism
Associate Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Digital Media Program
Fred W. Friendly Professor of Professional Practice in Media and Society
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Journalism
Director, duPont/Professional Prizes; Adjunct Faculty