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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.
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.
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 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 Cartagena, Colombia. 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 Cartagena, Colombia. Está diseñado para periodistas de todas los países iberoamericanos que trabajan en diferentes plataformas de difusión de noticias. Lea la experiencia de los participantes y las lecciones que aprendieron en el programa.
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.
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.
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 Punch 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 College Students
We are proud to offer select courses for current undergraduates earning credit through the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. All courses are six weeks and offered exclusively during the summer session.
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.
Reporting on Political Violence in Latin America examines political movements in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, México, Puerto Rico, and Perú through journalism. Students will learn about professional journalistic practice and ethical standards for conducting investigations, and best practices when interviewing victims and perpetrators of violence.
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
In the summer of 2018, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will fund fully paid scholarships to The Lede, the Columbia Journalism Video Workshop, and the Summer Investigative Reporting Course. There are six scholarships to each of the three programs. The scholarship covers tuition and fees, housing, travel, transportation, and meals. Applications will be reviewed by Columbia Journalism School faculty and staff, and Columbia Journalism School will select the recipient of each scholarship.
Scholarship applications are now open. All applications will close March 1, 2018. Applicants are permitted to apply to more than one program, but as requirements differ between programs, a unique application is required for each. Applicants can only receive one scholarship per year. Previous scholarship recipients may apply in 2018 for a scholarship to one of the two programs that they have not previously attended.
Columbia Journalism School prides itself on its rigor and ethical standards in the practice of journalism, and applicants should expect an intensive and immersive educational experience while studying here. The Journalism School is responsible for all admission decisions and program curricula. Please contact JournalismPE@columbia.edu with all questions regarding the scholarships and the related courses.