Multimedia Specialization | Columbia Journalism School


Develop storytelling skills in video, audio and photo

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What We Offer

M.S. students have many opportunities to learn and develop multimedia journalism skills during the fall and spring semesters. Students have options for taking production classes in these disciplines: video storytelling, audio storytelling and photojournalism. Additionally, most non-production classes also feature some multimedia production training.

Students are given intensive instruction in the use of professional multimedia tools, but classes are always deeply focused on developing reporting and storytelling skills.

Video storytelling classes teach students to shoot on professional-level video cameras and to edit on industry-standard software. Students are trained to identify video-worthy stories, to effectively interview subjects and to film compelling sequences and scenes. These classes are designed for students interested in producing films for the web and cinema.

Audio storytelling classes focus on breaking news as well as documentary storytelling techniques. Students are trained to report, interview, script and edit compelling audio stories suited for radio broadcast or podcasting. These classes are designed for students looking to work on radio, in digital newsrooms or independently.

Photojournalism classes cover in great detail the mechanics and artistry of photography. Students are taught how to report and photograph using professional-level cameras and to edit photos on industry-standard software. Students are also taught the aesthetics, ethics and history of photojournalism. These classes are designed for students interested in becoming photojournalists with deep technical and reporting skills.


In addition to these classes, many instructors encourage and work with students to incorporate multimedia elements into their reporting. 

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.

Audio I

City Newsroom

Covering Climate: Story & Animation

International Newsroom

Multi-Platform Design & Storytelling

Multimedia Storytelling: Covering Education

Multimedia Storytelling: Data, Design and Animation

Visual Storytelling

Student Work

map of US with soundcloud icons

In just one day, Prof. Michael Shapiro's Reporting students put together an interactive map how the story about impeachment Americans hear and read varies depending on where they live.

Battleground America
The subject of MESH creating a WiFi network

In MESH, M.S. '18 students Arjun Srivatsa and Bridget Hickey report on Tony Baizan, a Bronx teen building a decentralized Wi-Fi network capable of withstanding natural disasters caused by climate change.


Marguerite Holloway

Associate Professor of Professional Practice; Director, Science & Environmental Journalism

Duy Linh Tu

Associate Professor of Professional Practice