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.

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 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 idioma 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.



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.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship Program

We thank the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for its generous support of our summer programs, and we congratulate the 18 journalists who were selected to receive this year's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarships. Over 200 journalists applied for these fully paid scholarships 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. Our faculty were impressed by the caliber of the applications; there were far more qualified candidates who applied than could be admitted. We look forward to welcoming the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellows to campus this summer.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship Program will be offered again in the summers of 2018 and 2019. We encourage those who were not admitted this year, or who did not apply, to submit applications for next year's programs. Application requirements and deadlines will be available on this website in October 2017. The final deadline for applying for next year's programs will be March 1, 2018, and earlier applications are strongly encouraged. To be added to our mailing list to receive notifications about admissions procedures for these programs and for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship Program, please click here.



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 68 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 newly created Columbia Publishing Course at Exeter College, Oxford will have its inaugural term in September of 2016. 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

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 or call 212-854-0260.