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


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 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.

Learn more about the Columbia Publishing Course in New York

Learn more about the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University


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.

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. 

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.

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. Over the summers in 2017 and 2018, 36 journalists have been selected to study at the Journalism School.
In the summer of 2019, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will fund fully paid scholarships to The Lede, the Columbia Journalism Video Workshop, and the Summer Investigative Reporting Course. Annually, 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 to each program are open. All applications will close March 1, 2019. Application requirements will differ between programs; basic requirements will include a CV and fully fleshed out story ideas and pitches, to be further developed while studying in New York City. Applicants who have applied in the past are welcome to apply again. Applicants may apply for a scholarship in one, two, or all three of the programs, but one can only win one award to study in one course. 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. 
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