Politics (Political Journalism) | Columbia Journalism School


Power. Rights. Conflict. Diplomacy. Race. Government.

Develop the skills needed for effective political coverage, whether it involves a local campaign, a multilateral trade agreement or a growing social movement.

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An unparalleled group of veteran journalists teaches Columbia students how to cover political issues and events. Those who wish to build a career reporting on politics have access to a broad range of courses that will advance their goals.

M.S. students get essential training in recognizing the news, cultivating sources and conveying meaning in areas including foreign relations, elections, education, social movements and race.

Students in the M.A. Politics concentration get deep instruction in political theory, political systems and power, learning how to test conventional wisdom and place each new development in its appropriate context. They also study the essential institutions that govern politics, in the U.S. and throughout the world.

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In addition to these specific classes, students have the opportunity to report on politics and political issues in many classes throughout the year and receive fundamental training and guidance from experienced faculty members.

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.

Covering American Politics

How to Cover Armies and Spies

International Newsroom: Human Rights Reporting

M.A. Politics Fall Seminar

M.A. Politics Spring Seminar

Reporting in Conflict Zones

Student Work

Girls in beauty pageant, one with San Salvador sash, from Documented story

Eileen Grench, '18 M.S., reported her master's project on the Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans living in the U.S. She continued reporting on the issue after graduation and published this story with Documented.

On Long Island, Salvadorans Brace for Impact


Steve Coll

Dean of Columbia Journalism School; Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism

Todd Gitlin

Professor of Journalism; Chair, Ph.D. Program

Nicholas Lemann

Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism; Dean Emeritus; Director, Columbia World Projects