International

Journalism — a profession that transcends borders.

Columbia Journalism School is deeply committed to inspiring and training the next generation of leaders in international journalism, wherever they work. Our programs provide the foundation for reporting intelligently and safely on our complex world.

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What We Offer

Our students learn as part of a truly international community – about 30 percent of those enrolled in the Journalism School come from outside the U.S. Recent classes have included students from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, India, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Iran, Israel, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, U.K., Zimbabwe and many other countries.

This diversity strengthens the learning experience in and out of the classroom. Lively discussion in an ethics class, for example, may start with a study of American conflicts of interest, then examine the challenges of reporting from Mexico, Pakistan or other countries where journalists face dangers just for doing their jobs. M.S. courses also focus on transnational subjects such as migration, human rights, world religions, national security, and global media trends.

Outside the classroom, #CJSGlobal programs brings students together for a wide range of events: informal discussions about international breaking news; a postcard campaign calling for release of imprisoned journalists; workshops on safety training; and panels on press freedom, covering conflict and working as a freelance foreign correspondent.

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International Postgraduate Opportunities

Students have opportunities throughout the year to apply for international postgraduate programs, including a number of exclusive #CJSGlobal Journalism Fellowships.

The Journalism School and the Graduate Journalism Program at Sciences Po in Paris offer a dual degree program that allows students to study in two hubs of journalism and receive degrees from both institutions.

Other opportunities that are popular with our students include the Overseas Press Club Foundation scholarships, which send graduates overseas to report for The Associated Press, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and others. These are open to applicants from colleges and universities across the U.S., but of the 16 scholarship winners in 2018, six were Columbia Journalism School students. 

Here are the #CJSGlobal Journalism Fellowships that are offered exclusively to our graduates:

Exclusive opportunities at the Journalism School include the following (more information on both of these can be found here):

Global Migration Project Reporting fellowships on gender and migration, focusing on U.S. immigration law, border politics, international refugee policy, and more.

Cross-Borders Data Project Three six-month fellowships supervised by Prof. Giannina Segnini, director of the M.S. in Data Journalism.

Other #CJSGlobal Exclusive Journalism Fellowships offered by media organizations:

ABC News David Jayne Fellowship: Broadcast/digital reporting fellowship; 12 weeks in London. Airfare provided.

Al Jazeera Media Network: Three-month fellowship starting in September provides an opportunity for two graduates to work at Al Jazeera's English headquarters in Doha, Qatar. Details pending.

The Reuters Institute at University of Oxford: Oxford U.K.: A three-month fully-funded program for two graduates who wish to take advantage of the resources at Oxford and the Reuters Institute to work on a story or stories.

Coda Story: Six-to-nine month journalism fellowship program in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

Eurasianet: Summer Editorial Associate who will focus on reporting on Eurasia, including Russia, Ukraine, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Depending on the candidate, the editorial associate may do some reporting abroad.

Grupo Clarín: Up to three interns based at Clarín/Clarín.com: Ten weeks in the summer in Buenos Aires.

La Stampa: Two to three reporting interns for 12 weeks in summer; includes weekly salary, housing and transportation to Turin and Rome, Italy. 

Classes

Journalism School students have a range of opportunities to study and report on international issues. In the M.S. program, several fall semester Reporting professors assign students to beats covering New York City's many ethnic communities; and the Friday classes on history, ethics, media law and business of journalism include discussions related to global media and international journalists.

Spring classes offer additional international curriculum opportunities. The current class offerings include courses on using data to investigate across borders; on covering armies and spies around the world; and on covering global migration issues facing women and girls. Some M.S. students work on internationally-themed Master's Projects, and everyone in the Covering Religion class takes a trip abroad over Spring Break. Past destinations include Italy, Russia, Jordan and Palestine, India, and Israel. 

The M.A. seminars-in-concentration frequently cover international issues and many M.A. students report abroad for the thesis. M.A. students may also select Outside Electives focused on international subjects.

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.

China Seminar

Covering Conflict

Covering Religion

Gendering Migration: An Intensive Course on Women and Girls Crossing Borders

How to Cover Armies and Spies

International Newsroom

International Newsroom: Human Rights Reporting

International Reporting

Using Data to Investigate Across Borders

Student Work

For his Master’s Project, '16 M.A., student Hassan Ghedi Santur traveled to Calais, France, over Winter Break to report on migrants in the notorious “Calais Camp.” Warscapes published his "Calais Jungle": Lives in Limbo based on that reporting, and a longer project that began with the Calais story became the e-book Maps of Exile.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, some celebrities and ordinary citizens vowed to move to Canada if Trump were elected. Three months after Trump took office, The Guardian published Kristin Schwab’s, '17 M.S., Master’s Project on Canada's history as a political and social haven for Americans.

In Australia, the government financed YouTube videos actively warning migrants in Indonesia to stay away from Australia. “Don’t waste your money or risk your life,” warns a stern-faced military general in one message. Kevin Sun, '17 M.S., analyzed Australia’s hard-nosed, multimedia effort  in a story for Quartz.

Faculty

Steve Coll

Dean & Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism

Ann Cooper

CBS Professor of Professional Practice in International Journalism;
International Director

Sheila Coronel

Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism; Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and Dean of Academic Affairs

Giannina Segnini

Knight Chair in Data Journalism and Director of the M.S. In Data Journalism Program

Azmat Khan

James Madison Visiting Professor on First Amendment Issues