Nikkei and Columbia Journalism School Announce $100,000 Scholarship | Columbia Journalism School

Nikkei and Columbia Journalism School Announce $100,000 Scholarship

The five-year scholarship program supports the educational advancement of aspiring data and business journalists from Asia



Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Nikkei, Inc., parent company of the Financial Times, the publisher of the Nikkei, and the Nikkei Asian Review, announced today a new $100,000 scholarship for a student who is a resident in Asia. The Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship will be awarded annually for the next five years to exemplary candidates who wish to specialize in data and business journalism. Each September, the school will announce whether it seeks scholarship applicants interested in business and data journalism.

“It is our great pleasure and honor to form this new partnership with the Columbia Journalism School,” said Naotoshi Okada, President & CEO, Nikkei Inc. “We believe Columbia’s strong leadership in the area of journalism and firm commitment to the international regime of freedom of expression can enhance our Global & Growth Strategy together with the Financial Times not only in the Asia-Pacific region but globally.”

Nikkei has more than 40 companies in newspapers and publishing, broadcasting, events, database services and index businesses. Their 280 editorial staff operate across 37 bureaus overseas.

“We are honored to announce this exciting partnership with Nikkei,” said Steve Coll, dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism. “Nikkei is demonstrating its leadership in the profession, and in preparing journalism’s leaders of tomorrow.”

The Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship comes at a time when the Columbia Journalism School recently unveiled a three-semester Master of Science in Data Journalism degree. Students enrolled in this track will receive the hands-on training they need to report data-driven stories in the public interest. The new offering does not require prior experience with data or coding.

Columbia also offers a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in business and economics journalism. Students learn the fundamentals of economic theory, accounting, and markets. The M.A. imparts a deep understanding of economic data, while staying rooted in the journalistic process.

The application deadline for both programs is December 15, 2017.  Students who qualify for the scholarship and who apply for financial aid will be automatically considered for this and other scholarship opportunities. No separate application is required. For more information about the Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship, please contact Tarin Almanzar, director of financial aid and admissions, at [email protected] or at 212.851.0795.


About Nikkei

Nikkei Inc. is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerate with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approx. 1300 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei has always been embracing digitization and technology to find a new way to deliver news and information as a reliable source of information to the global community.


About The Columbia Journalism School

For more than a century, the school has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912 and offers Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Data Journalism, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, and Doctor of Philosophy in Communications.  It houses The Columbia Journalism Review, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The school also administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, The John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Awards.

Hirotoyo Osumi, Manager
Public Relations Office, Nikkei Inc.
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Atsushi Kubota, Manager
Global Business Bureau, Nikkei Inc.
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Chantal De Soto
Communications Manager
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