Tell stories in video.
Documentary classes are hands-on and immersive. Student work has impact and wins awards. Students in all M.S. programs can take courses in video storytelling, while the three-semester M.S. Documentary specialization allows students to focus in-depth on a story.
The Journalism School is deeply engaged with the burgeoning world of journalistic documentaries. The faculty of working filmmakers trains students to report and produce short and long-form documentaries. The entire school community has the opportunity to encounter some of the most acclaimed documentarians of the day with the Film Fridays series, which brings first‐run films and their directors to the Journalism School to screen and discuss their latest work. Recent visitors include Alex Gibney, Kirsten Johnson, Matthew Heinemann, Betsy West & Julie Cohen, and Josh Oppenheimer. You can listen to some of these conversations on the On Assignment podcast.
During the spring semester, students in the regular M.S. Program have several choices to explore longer-form video including Video for the Web, Multimedia, and our new Data and Animation course. Cinematographer, Duy Linh Tu regularly partners with professors in a subject area like science and education.
For students who want further immersion and a chance to produce a longer documentary, the school offers a Documentary Program concentration. Students stay a third semester, and work over the summer in teams of two to report, shoot and edit a 20-30 minute film. Projects from recent Documentary classes have screened at festivals across the country, including Tribeca and DOC NYC, and have been licensed by distributors like Netflix, The New York Times video, PBS and Fusion. Student documentaries are featured a 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.
Two students from a Harlem public middle school attempt to succeed in the privileged world of debate. A film by Doc ‘17 students Sushana Dubreil and Genesis Tuyuc. Harlem Legacy.
Doc '17 students Daniela Cruzat and Farrah Lopez are working on Born to Stay for NBC Digital. Daniela is now at CNN; Farrah is working with The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.Born To Stay
Finding common ground in a Brooklyn kitchen, a group of political asylees work towards a future in the restaurant business. A film by Doc ‘17 students Thea Piltzecker and Liz Scherffius. A Table For All
"Code of Silence," produced by Stabile and documentary students, found that female officers around the country regularly face sexual harassment by colleagues and superiors. This short documentary by Scilla Alecci and George Steptoe was posted on The New York Times website in 2016.
CBS Assistant Professor of International Journalism; Director of Global Journalism
Professor of Journalism; Director, Documentary Journalism Program
James Madison Visiting Professor on First Amendment Issues
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Adjunct Faculty; Director, Video Journalism
Fred W. Friendly Professor of Professional Practice in Media Society Emeritus