Professional Development | Columbia Journalism School

Professional Development

Learn a new skill. Advance your career.

Our professional education courses offer immersive, specialized training for nondegree students and meet Columbia’s rigorous standards. Invest one week, two weeks or more in your future. Join our mailing list to hear about upcoming courses in New York City and at our partner campuses around the world.

Audio & Podcasts

Audio is the format for intimate, innovative storytelling. Learn how to use sound and narrative structure to create compelling packages, and distribute them through partners or independently. Learn more about the Three-day Audio Essentials Boot camp

Video

Visual elements inform a story and engage an audience in powerful ways. Learn how to conceive and craft a compelling video story.

Introduction to Video Storytelling is a six-week summer course for current college students earning credit. Students will learn to think critically about what makes for a good video story--what makes it newsworthy, what makes video the proper medium for conveying that story--and how to execute using the latest technology. 

Multimedia Storytelling Intensive is a five-day intensive program that teaches the fundamentals to telling a story and engaging an audience, using on-site equipment. Our instruction team, headed by Director of Digital Media, Duy Linh Tu, leads participants through five days on the best techniques in shooting, audio, lighting, post production, and editing. This course is designed for individuals with no prior experience.

The Columbia Journalism Video Workshop is a three‐week course that teaches the essentials of conceiving, researching and reporting a story through video. Students learn how to use and handle a camera, how to properly frame and light a subject or scene, how to structure a story and how to use post‐production software. Students learn from our faculty and from industry leaders, visit media labs and newsrooms and have their work professionally critiqued. Past visits have included trips to the New York Times, Bustle, and Vice.

No prior experience or course work is required.

Investigative Reporting

Learn new techniques and deepen your reporting skills. Our courses cover the fundamentals of investigative reporting. Participants learn to recognize when a story should be a long-term project, how to use data to form the backbone of a story and the multiple ways of reporting a long‐term investigation.

Summer Investigative Reporting Course meets in New York for three weeks (July 6-24, 2020) and is appropriate for journalists worldwide who report stories, as well as editors who manage investigative projects or teams.

Latin America Investigative Reporting Course is conducted in Spanish over two weeks in either Santiago, Chile (January 6-17, 2020) or Cartagena, Colombia (June 8-19, 2020). It is designed for journalists from throughout Iberoamerica who work in any news media platform.

El Curso de Periodismo de Investigación de América Latina se impartirá en español durante dos semanas en Santiago, Chile (6-17 de enero, 2020) o Cartagena, Colombia (8-19 de junio, 2020). El programa en Chile solo está abierto a periodistas que trabajan en Chile; el programa en Colombia está abierto a periodistas en Iberoamerica. Está diseñado para periodistas que trabajan en diferentes plataformas de difusión de noticias. Lea la experiencia de los participantes y las lecciones que aprendieron en el programa. 

Data

Use the skills of Big Data to investigate the stories you want to tell.

The Lede is an intensive, postbaccalaureate certification program that equips journalists and storytellers of all kinds with the computational skills needed to turn data into narrative. The program offers two options: an intensive 14‐week summer boot camp in data and computation or a comprehensive two‐semester program for students interested in pursuing more advanced work.

No prior experience with coding, data or computation is necessary. We start from square one. 

Publishing

 The Columbia Publishing Course is widely regarded as the best preparatory course for recent college graduates who want a career in book, magazine or digital media publishing. For 70 years, this six‐week course has been educating the industry's leaders who come back to lecture and go on to recruit from CPC's ranks.

Graduates can be found working as editors, literary agents, publishers, designers, publicists and more, at major magazines, websites and publishing houses across the nation. The compact, practical nature of the course allows students to hit the ground running in their first jobs while at the same time providing a comprehensive understanding of the industry that extends far beyond what can be learned in a typical internship.

The Columbia Publishing Course at Exeter College, Oxford was created in 2016 and continues to run through the month of September. Fully focused on book publishing, the four‐week course is designed after its New York counterpart but focuses on the British publishing world and is particularly recommended for U.K. and EU citizens.

Learn more about the Columbia Publishing Course in New York

Learn more about the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University

Leadership

Executive education courses at the Journalism School teach core management and thought leadership skills tailored for the context of a fast‐paced news organization. We can help you and your staff broaden your vision, reach new audiences, develop resilient strategies and effect lasting change.

The Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program immerses high‐ranking news executives in the use of strategy, innovation, marketing, demographics, journalism values and other approaches to address challenges confronting their organizations and create long‐term performance and change.

Courses for High School & College Students

We are proud to offer select courses for current high school and undergraduate students earning credit through the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. All courses are offered exclusively during the summer session. 

For Current College Students

Introduction to Video Storytelling teaches how to think critically about what makes for a good video story--what makes it newsworthy, what makes video the proper medium for conveying that story--and how to execute using the latest technology.

Introduction to Audio News offers students a chance to learn about the essentials of audio production using professional technology. Podcasting and radio are two of the fastest growing categories in media, and this course prepares students to jump in and make news.

War Reporting is led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, C.J. Chivers. Students will read reporting covering different wars and conflicts from different eras in U.S. history and examine the ethical and legal concerns, the risks to journalists and sources, and the impact on the public discourse of such reporting. 

For Current High School Students

Video Journalism in the Digital Age introduces the foundations of video storytelling: pitching, shooting, and editing using mobile phones and Adobe Premier pro. 

Custom Training

Columbia Journalism School custom training focuses on the tools and techniques necessary for media organizations to remain competitive in an ever‐changing marketplace and engage audiences in new and innovative ways.

We recognize that every organization is unique. Our custom training programs are designed specifically for your organization, with your staff, resources and well‐defined objectives in mind.

For more information, please email journalismPE@columbia.edu or call 212-854-0260.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship Program

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), one of the world's leading private, international philanthropic organizations, has made a generous three-year commitment to provide scholarship support for journalists who are residents of Greece (or have temporary work assignments abroad) to participate in summer programs at the Columbia Journalism School. We are delighted to announce the eighteen winners of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation scholarships for 2019. These winners join the 36 journalists who have been selected to study at Columbia Journalism School since 2017.
 
These fully paid scholarships are to The Lede, the Columbia Journalism Video Workshop, and the Summer Investigative Reporting Course. The scholarship covers tuition and fees, housing, travel, transportation, and meals. 

Google News Initiative Newsroom Leadership Program

At Columbia Journalism School, we are able to take a broad view of the industry and trends dominating it, informed by research and a faculty comprised of active, working journalists and executives with media industry experience. We are also able to teach practical skills for actionable results. In today’s fast evolving media landscape, every journalist must also think like a publisher, especially emerging newsroom managers and leaders. The Google New Initiative Newsroom Leadership Program, created with the support of the Google News Initiative, will teach newsroom leaders how to lead through change and identify and build on opportunities for entrepreneurship within their newsrooms. This program is designed for newsroom leaders who have the potential to take on larger roles and run their organizations. Learn more about our fellowship class here.

iMEdD Newsroom Essentials Program

This course teaches core tenets guiding the practice of data, multimedia, investigative, and entrepreneurial journalism in a condensed eight weeks. The program is hosted by iMEdD in its Athens, Greece offices; all instruction is designed and delivered by Columbia Journalism School. This program integrates key lessons from Columbia Journalism School's signature programs: Summer Investigative Reporting Course, the Lede, Columbia Journalism Video Workshop, and Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program.

The program begins on Thursday, October 3 and runs through Friday, November 22, 2019. Selected journalists meet each Thursday and Friday evening for two-hour lectures on a broad topic within each discipline, which is followed most weekends (both Saturdays and Sundays) for full-day intensive instruction and lab work related to each subject. Twenty (20) journalists total will be selected for this competitive program by the faculty of Columbia Journalism School. Selected journalists will be expected to attend all sessions of the program. iMEdD will provide work space and necessary technology on-site during the course of the program; associated expenses that participants may incur (e.g. travel, childcare) are not covered.

Applications to this program open on Monday, July 22 and will close at 23:59 on Monday, September 9, 2019. Winners will be notified on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. The program will begin in Athens on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Successful applicants must be comfortable speaking, writing, and learning in English. Applicants must be currently working as journalists for a news organization or as a freelance journalist, and must have a minimum of three years of professional experience in order to be considered.

For questions regarding the program curriculum and delivery, please contact Kate Kennedy, krk16@columbia.edu

For questions regarding iMEdD, please contact Anna Zilakou, a.zilakou@imedd.org

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