Documentary

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.

Film Fridays

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.

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Classes

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.

Documentary Specialization Seminar

Multimedia Storytelling

Multimedia Storytelling: Science & Environment

Video I

Video II

Video Storytelling

Student Work

Doc '15 students Raza Naqvi and Sara Obeidat

Doc '15 students Raza Naqvi and Sara Obeidat's film explores how three autistic men find purpose through running.

See the trailer.
Doc ’15 students Yingqian Chen and Ony Nwaohuocha

Doc ’15 students Yingqian Chen and Ony Nwaohuocha's film explores the revival of the 1970's dance.

Watch the trailer.
Scilla Alecci and George Steptoe '15 M.S. Documentary

Doc '15 students Scilla Alecci & George Steptoe investigated how coworkers abuse female correction officers.

See The NYT report.
Blind Date

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.

Faculty

Duy Linh Tu

Associate Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Digital Media Program 

Betsy West

Fred W. Friendly Professor of Professional Practice in Media and Society

Lisa R. Cohen

Director, duPont/Professional Prizes; Adjunct Faculty