CJS Student Journalists Reporting on the 2024 Campus Protests

Part of the curriculum at Columbia Journalism School involves real-time reporting. Students have the opportunity and the challenge of engaging with news outlets directly to share their stories with the world as they unfold.

Columbia Journalism student facing away from camera with a sign taped to the back of their shirt that reads, "Student Press, Columbia Journalism School."
The Nation

Claire Davenport, '24 M.S., Anna Oakes, ’25 M.S., Indy Scholtens, '24 M.S., Fahima Degia '24 M.S., Angelica Ang, ‘24 M.S., and Emily Byrski, '24 M.S. published a story in The Nation on what CJS students learned in the classroom and during student protests. 

Seven Columbia students hold a white banner with "Liberated Zone" written in red.
Hyperallergic

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. and Uzma Afreen, '24 M.S. reported for Hyperallergic on the 'counter commencement' ceremony held by members of the Columbia faculty and attended by hundreds of students.

Francesca Maria Lorenzini, '24 M.S. being interviewed virtually by ABC News.
ABC News

Francesca Maria Lorenzini, '24 M.S. was interviewed by ABC News on the perspective of student journalists covering campus protests around the United States. 

Protesters
Die Berliner Zeitung

Ekaterina Venkina, '24 M.A. published an article with Die Berliner Zeitung on the atmosphere at Columbia after student protests. 

Student reporters gather outside Hamilton Hall on the Columbia University campus the day after protestors occupied the building. Photo by Stabile Fellow Mutka Joshi, '24 M.S.
Time

Hoda Sherif, '24 M.S. was published in Time for an article reflecting on how covering Columbia’s student protests provided hope for journalism’s future. Photo by Stabile Fellow Mutka Joshi, '24 M.S.

Screenshot of It's All Journalism podcast page.
It's All Journalism

Francesca Maria Lorenzini, '24 M.S. was interviewed by It's All Journalism podcast on the experience of providing live updates from inside campus during student protests. 

Black and white photo of student protesters at Columbia.
The Intercept

Gillian Goodman, '24 M.S. interviewed with The Intercept on an inside look into reporting on Columbia's campus during student protests. 

Photojournalist Josh Pacheco recovers their camera from an NYPD bag after being released from arrest on May 8, 2024. | Uzma Afreen
New York Focus

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. and Uzma Afreen, '24 M.S. reported overnight for New York Focus on the arrests of two photojournalists by the NYPD outside the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Map of the United States with data points showing where pro-Palestinian student protesters have been arrested. 
Axios

Tory Lysik, '24 M.S. contributed to a data report on where pro-Palestinian student protesters have been arrested. 

Columbia students gathered in a campus protest encampment.
Columbia News Service

Giulia Leo, '24 M.S. and Claire Davenport, '24 M.S. provided an audio report about the impact of student protests for Columbia News Service. 

Three photos of Columbia's campus during student protests set up in collage format.
The Quint

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. and Fahima Degia '24 M.S. reported for The Quint on the experiences of international students on university campuses during protests. 

Photo of Columbia gate.
The Washington Post

Ekaterina Venkina, '24 M.A. published an opinion piece for the Washington Post reflecting on campus life at Columbia. 

Photo of NYPD officers entering Columbia's campus.
NBC News

Natasha Bracken, '24 M.S. reported updates on the occupation of Hamilton Hall on a co-written story for NBC News. 

Photo of student journalists outside Hamilton Hall.
El País

Carla Samon Ros, '24 M.S. interviewed by El País (Spain) about covering student protests at Columbia. 

Stabile Fellow Samaa Khullar, '24 M.S. interviewed by CNN.
CNN

Stabile Fellow Samaa Khullar, '24 M.S. shared an inside look into what Columbia Journalism student reporting was like during campus protests and some of the challenges each student faced. 

Screenshot of Carla Samon Ros interviewing with Televisió de Catalunya.
Televisió de Catalunya

Carla Samon Ros, '24 M.S. was interviewed by Televisió de Catalunya on the protests happening on campus at Columbia.

Student journalists reporting outside Hamilton Hall. Photo by LEON ZHOU.
The Wall Street Journal

Reporting on student protests by Alyssa Choiniere, '24 M.A. has been featured in multiple articles published in the Wall Street Journal. 

Students protesting on Columbia's campus. Photo by Brendan Rose, '24 M.S.
Brooklyn Eagle

Ella Napack, '24 M.S. and Brendan Rose, '24 M.S. provided an inside look at student protests at Columbia that was published in the Brooklyn Eagle. 

Columbia students gather on campus during protests in the evening.
Article-14

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. wrote the Edit Note for Article-14 as Guest Editor, on the insights and parallels he observed about the campus protests and the coverage around them. 

Student protestors and NYPD officers at Hamilton Hall.
Voice of America

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. spoke to Voice of America about restrictions placed on press access during the police action at Columbia. 

NPR's "It's Been a Minute" podcast logo with Columbia student protests in background photo.
NPR

Claire Davenport, '24 M.S. was interviewed by NPR for perspective on the student protests at Columbia. 

Photo of student protester and NYPD officer taken by Seyma Bayram, '19 M.S.
AP

Emily Byrski, '24 M.S. was interviewed by AP about updates during student protests. Photo by Seyma Bayram, '19 M.S.

Aerial photo of Columbia's Morningside campus.
Columbia News Service

Katrina Ventura, '24 M.S. published a timeline of Columbia’s 14-Day Gaza Solidarity Encampment for Columbia News Service. 

CJS faculty group photo during reporting on student protests.
Vanity Fair

This Vanity Fair article follows the experiences of Gillian Goodman, '24 M.S.Indy Scholtens, '24 M.S.Angelica Ang, ‘24 M.S., Brendan Rose, '24 M.S., Professors Ty Lawson, Nina BermanAzmat KhanJuan Manuel Benítez, and Dean Jelani Cobb while reporting during student protests. 

Photo of an officer in the doorway of Hamiltom Hall after the student occupation.
Columbia News Service

Subeksha Poudel, '24 M.S. and Katrina Ventura, '24 M.S. reported on the Hamilton Hall occupation and arrests that followed for Columbia News Service. 

Photo of protests at Hamilton Hall by Indy Scholtens.
New York Focus

Uzma Afreen, '24 M.S., Angelica Ang, '24 M.S., Fahima Degia, '24 M.S., Stabile Fellow Mutka Joshi, '24 M.S., Arshi Qureshi, '24 M.A.Indy Scholtens, '24 M.S. and Sammy Sussman, '23 M.S. all contributed to a comprehensive report for New York Focus. 

A student protester waves a Palestinian flag above Hamilton Hall on the campus of Columbia University.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News)

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. shared his reporting on the campus protests and police action, in this podcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News).

Photo of a tent in the student protest encampment on Columbia's campus.
Domani

Davide Lerner ’24, M.A. reported on the occupation of Hamilton Hall and was published by Domani. 

NYPD officers outside of Columbia's campus.
Columbia News Service

Thomas Li, '24 M.S.Renata Daou, '24 M.S. and Julie Zhu, '24 M.S. each contributed to a report on what happens if an international student gets suspended for a campus protest for Columbia News Service. 

Davide Lerner ’24, M.A. speaks during panel.
Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

Davide Lerner ’24, M.A. was a speaker during a panel hosted by the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) based in Milan, Italy. 

Screenshot from video of campus protests at Columbia.
Democracy Now!

Gillian Goodman, '24 M.S. was published in Democracy Now! for reporting on the arrests following the occupation of Hamilton Hall. 

Ekaterina Venkina, '24 M.A. being interviewed with Lowe library in the background.
DW

Ekaterina Venkina, '24 M.A. spoke to DW News live from Columbia's campus  about the situation on campus.

CJS student Anna Oakes '25 being interviewed live.
Univision Noticias

Anna Oakes, ’25 M.S. was interviewed live for Univision Noticias on campus protests at Columbia. 

Pro-Palestinian students lock arms, sing and chant as they braced for New York Police Department officers to raid campus on 30 April. (AP)
The Independent

Fahima Degia, '24 M.S., Angelica Ang, ‘24 M.S. and Emily Byrski, '24 M.S. spoke on covering student protests at Columbia and was published in The Independent.

Screenshot of Instagram post by Press Insider showing police entering Columbia's campus.
Press Insider

Live video coverage by Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S., during police action at Columbia, was featured by Press Insider.

Screenshot of Stabile Fellow Gabriela Henriquez, '24 M.S. on Univision.
Univision

Stabile Fellow Gabriela Henriquez, '24 M.S. spoke with Univision on student protest arrests at Columbia. 

NYPD officers stand watch as they prepare to enter the campus of Columbia University. Photo: Michael M. Santiago
Curbed

Stabile Fellow Samaa Khullar, '24 M.S. was published in Curbed for her work reporting on the Hamilton Hall occupation at Columbia. 

Photo of Hamilton Hall during student occupation.
CNN

Photos taken by Spencer Fellow Seyma Bayram, '19 M.S. were published by CNN in a gallery covering student protests around the United States. 

Photo of students protesting outside of Hamilton Hall. Photo by  Seyma Bayram, '19 M.S.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Spencer Fellow Seyma Bayram, '19 M.S. provided photos of student protests and was published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Columbia Journalism student Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. being interviewed by a reporter.
CNN

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S., Julia Vargas Jones, '24 M.A. and Corinne Catibayan, '24 M.A. were featured in an article published by CNN for their coverage of student protests at Columbia. 

Students gather outside Hamilton Hall in protest.
Uptown Radio

CJS students reported live from campus protests. Their audio broadcasts were published through Uptown Radio. 

Julia Vargas Jones, '24 M.A. on Anderson Cooper 360.
Anderson Cooper 360

Julia Vargas Jones, '24 M.A. was interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360 about reporting work on Columbia's campus. 

NYPD sets up barriers outside Columbia University. Photo by Seyma Bayram.
AP

Spencer Fellow Seyma Bayram, '19 M.S. took photos of student protests at Columbia that were published by AP. 
 

Columbia Journalism student Julia Vargas Jones reports live on CNN.
CNN

Julia Vargas Jones, '24 M.A. and Corinne Catibayan, '24 M.A. reported live on CNN as NYPD entered campus the night of April 30. 

Protests outside of Columbia's campus.
Al Jazeera

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. was interviewed by Al Jazeera to provide updates on campus reporting. 

BBC Radio with Emily Byrski.
BBC Radio

Emily Byrski, '24 M.S. was interviewed by BBC Radio on the perspective as a student journalist. 

CBC Radio screenshot.
CBC Radio

Jazzmin Jiwa, '24 M.S. reported on student protests for this CBC Radio program. 

Photo of NYPD on Columbia's campus.
Domani

Davide Lerner ’24, M.A. provided updated reporting on the student protests at Columbia and NYPD arrival on campus. 

CJS student Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. being interviewed by BBC News.
BBC

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. was interviewed on the student protests by BBC News outside Columbia's campus.

Cecilia Blotto, '24 M.S. is photographed by AP during an interview and the photo is shared by Chronicle Telegram on Columbia protest coverage. Photo by AP Ted Shaffrey.
Chronicle Telegram

Cecilia Blotto, '24 M.S. was photographed by AP during an interview and the photo was shared by Chronicle Telegram on Columbia protest coverage. 

Photo of CJS student Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. interviewing with Mirror Now.
Mirror Now

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. gave the latest campus updates in an interview with Mirror Now. 

Students gather outside Hamilton Hall during protest. Photo by Marco Postigo Storel, '24 M.S.
AP

Marco Postigo Storel, '24 M.S. had photojournalism work published in AP and shared on their social media

Photo of protesters inside Hamilton Hall by Uzma Afreen, '24 M.S.
How Protesters Occupied a Columbia Building for 21 Hours Before NYPD Stormed In

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S., Uzma Afreen, '24 M.S. and Arshi Qureshi, '24 M.A. published a collaborative report on the occupation of Hamilton Hall that was published in Columbia News Service. 

Students gather to protest outside of Hamilton Hall on Columbia's campus.
La Marea

Sara Selva Ortiz, '24 M.A. reported on campus protests through the night of April 30 and was published in La Marea. 

Student protesters in front of Hamilton Hall on Columbia's campus.
Watch NYPD storm Columbia’s campus and arrest protesters

Francesca Maria Lorenzini, '24 M.S. produced a video that was published for City Newsroom. 

Francesca Lorenzini, a student at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, joined "Inside City Hall." (Spectrum News NY1)
Spectrum News NY1 

Francesca Maria Lorenzini, '24 M.S. was interviewed by Spectrum News NY1 about covering student protests at Columbia. 

Photo of Hamilton Hall during occupation by Ekaterina Venkina, '24 M.A.
DW

Ekaterina Venkina, '24 M.A. was published in DW for reporting on protests on Columbia's campus and around the United States. 

Photo of the occupation of Hamilton Hall from the outside by Sara Selva Ortiz, '24 M.A.
Prism

Gillian Goodman, '24 M.S. provided reporting the night of the Hamilton Hall occupation arrests that was published in Prism. Photo by Sara Selva Ortiz, '24 M.A.

Photo of NYPD officer entering Columbia's campus.
Al-Monitor

Shayeza Walid, '24 M.S. provided breaking news that was published by Al-Monitor. 

Protester inside Hamilton Hall at Columbia.
la Repubblica

Natasha Caragnano, '24 M.A. reported on the Hamilton Hall occupation and was published in Italian newspaper, la Repubblica.

Photo of Columbia faculty member during protest holding sign that reads, "Hands off our students."
Prism

Gillian Goodman, '24 M.S. and Sara Selva, '24 M.A. were published for their breaking news reporting and photojournalism in Prism. Their breakdown of the first week of protests can be found here

Instagram post by AFP, coverage provided by CJS student Emily Byrski.
Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Emily Byrski, '24 M.S. provided photo coverage for Agence France-Presse (AFP) that was distributed and featured around the world. 

Photo of Hamilton Hall
NBC News

Natasha Bracken, '24 M.S. co-wrote a story that was published by NBC News about the student protest occupation of Columbia University's Hamilton Hall. 

Students at the protest encampment on Columbia's campus.
City & State New York

Arshi Qureshi, ’24 M.A. and Uzma Afreen, ’24 M.S. were published for their reporting work in City & State New York. 

Photo taken by Carla Samon Ros, '24 M.S.
Agencia EFE

Carla Samon Ros, '24 M.S. shared photos for Agencia EFE (Published in different media, among them El Pais). 

RTÉ One interviewing Columbia student virtually from a broadcast studio.
RTÉ One

Anna Oakes, ’25 M.S. was interviewed by RTÉ One on the latest updates on Columbia's campus. 

Student holds a megaphone addressing a student protest on Columbia University's campus.
T24

Reporting on the student encampment on Columbia's campus by Elif Melis Karaca, '24 M.S. was published in the Turkish online newspaper, T24. 

Photo of students linking arms in front of academic building.
Student Protestors Occupy Campus Building Prompting Lockdown
Student Protestors Occupy Campus Building Prompting Lockdown

Claire Davenport, '24 M.S. provided late-night updates on student protesters for West Side Rag. 

Photo from Lokmat Hindi News report, student interviewed while video of campus protest plays.
Lokmat Hindi News

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. was interviewed by Lokmat Hindi as a reporter covering the campus protests at Columbia and across the United States. 

Tents set up on protest encampment.
The Straits Times

Angelica Ang, ‘24 M.S. reported and was published in The Straits Times, Singapore’s English language paper of record, for coverage of student protests. 

Columbia faculty and staff in orange vests. Photograph by Claire Davenport.
Columbia faculty and staff in orange vests. Photograph by Claire Davenport.
West Side Rag

Claire Davenport, '24 M.S. reporting on updates from the encampment on Columbia's campus was published in West Side Rag. 

Photo of Columbia campus student protests.
Negotiations Continue Between Columbia’s Administration and Student Protesters

Edward Lopez, ‘24 M.S. and Francesca Maria Lorenzini, ’24 M.S. reported for Columbia News Service on updated protest negotiations.

Screenshot of De Groene Amsterdammer article.
De Groene Amsterdammer

Indy Scholtens, '24 M.S. reported on the first nine days of the campus protest encampment and was published in the Dutch magazine, De Groene Amsterdammer.

Photo of students gathered to protest on Columbia's campus.
El País

Sara Selva Ortiz, '24 M.A. had reporting published about campus protests in El País newspaper.

Students in WKCR radio studio.
Students in WKCR radio studio reporting on campus protests.
The Guardian

Victoria Borlando, '24 M.A. and Hannah Davies, '24 M.A. compiled their coverage of Columbia student-run radio WKCR for a piece published in The Guardian. 

BBC interview screenshot.
BBC

Claire Davenport, '24 M.S. was interviewed by BBC Sounds on student protests at Columbia. 

NYPD officers walk through Columbia's campus.
Hell Gate

Anna Oakes, ’25 M.S. and Claudia Gohn, '25 M.S. provided updates on the arrests of student protestors on Columbia's campus. 

Photo of student during protest wearing a Columbia banner.
Rolling Stone

Claudia Gohn, '25 M.S. and Anna Oakes, ’25 M.S. provided on-campus reporting for Rolling Stone on the student encampment at Columbia. 

Student reports on campus protests on India Today.
India Today

Anna Oakes, ’25 M.S. reported and interviewed live with India Today to provide real-time updates from campus.

Photo of Columbia students protesting on campus.
The Quint

Arshi Qureshi, ’24 M.A. and Uzma Afreen, ’24 M.S. reported on student advocacy efforts on campus in The Quint.

Screenshot of The Guardian article featuring work by CJS student Emily Byrski, '24 M.S.
The Guardian

Emily Byrski, '24 M.S. provided photos and gathered quotes for The Guardian for their coverage of student protests on campus. 

Photo of student by Emily Byrski, '24 M.S. 
The Guardian

Emily Byrski, '24 M.S. was interviewed as a student journalist for The Guardian.

Students gather to protest on Columbia's West Lawn.
The Washington Post

Angelica Ang, ‘24 M.S. contributed audio reporting to the Washington Post's "Post Reports" podcast.

Photo of campus protests in a Neue Zürcher Zeitung article.
Photo of campus protests in a Neue Zürcher Zeitung article.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Ariane Lüthi, ’24 M.S. provided insight into campus protests to Neue Zürcher Zeitung – Switzerland's paper of record.

House Speaker Mike Johnson spoke before a horde of reporters and students on the steps of the Low Library at Columbia University. Photo by Francesca Maria Lorenzini
House Speaker Mike Johnson spoke before a horde of reporters and students on the steps of the Low Library at Columbia University. Photo by Francesca Maria Lorenzini
Amid a Booing Crowd, House Speaker Mike Johnson Suggests Sending the National Guard to Columbia University Campus

Students from Professors Ty Lawson and Juan Manuel Benítez's City Newsroom course, Ashley Elizabeth Miller, '24 M.S., Davaughnia Wilson, '24 M.S., Francesca Maria Lorenzini, '24 M.S., John E. Williams, '24 M.S., Genevieve Charles, '24 M.S., Vincent Jiang, '24 M.S., and Urvi Shrivastav, '24, covered House Speaker Mike Johnson's visit to campus.

Photo of campus protest for article by Hyperallergic.
Photo of campus protest for article by Hyperallergic.
Hyperallergic

Mukta Joshi, ’24 M.S. reported on the initial encampment protests for Hyperallergic and on the growth of the protests over several days.  

Students protesting on the lawn with a megaphone.
Students protesting on the lawn with a megaphone.
Continuing Coverage of Columbia University Protest

Ashley Elizabeth Miller, '24 M.S. and Davaughnia Wilson, '24 M.S. continued coverage on campus and the surrounding protests.

Students gather on Columbia campus for protests.
Students gather on Columbia campus for protests.
la Repubblica

Natasha Caragnano, '24 M.A. shared student perspectives for a piece published in the Italian newspaper, la Repubblica. 

Students gather for protest on Columbia's campus.
Students gather for protest on Columbia's campus from student Viivan Lin's reporting.
Agence France-Presse

Vivian Lin, '24 M.A. has been covering campus protests for Agence France-Presse.

Photo of campus protests from fanpage.it article.
Photo of campus protests from fanpage.it article.
fanpage.it

Sacha Biazzo, ’24 M.A. contributed a piece on student protests for fanpage.it.

Photo of campus protests from CTXT article.
Photo of campus protests from CTXT article.
CTXT

Claudia Gohn, '25 M.S. and Anna Oakes, ’25 M.S. reported on protest updates for CTXT.

Photo of campus protests at Columbia.
Photo from Domani article on campus protests.
Domani

Davide Lerner ’24, M.A. reported on the current state of campus protests in a Domani article.

Jude Taha being interviewed by Democracy Now.
Jude Taha being interviewed by Democracy Now!
Democracy Now!

Jude Taha, '24 M.S. shared updates on the days leading up to the sixth day of protests at Columbia University.

Photo from video report on campus protests
Quint Hindi

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. was interviewed by Quint Hindi on the protests happening on campus at Columbia. His footage was also used by the publication for a video report.

Photo of Columbia student protests.
NDTV

Meghnad Bose, '24 M.S. and Trisha Mukherjee, '24 M.S. created a video report covering campus protests that was published by one of India's largest news networks – NDTV.

Angelica Ang for Hell Gate.
Angelica Ang for Hell Gate.
Hell Gate

Angelica Ang, '24 M.S. provided in depth interviews with Columbia University students for Hell Gate. 

Student raises arm during campus protest.
Students gather to protest on Columbia campus.
lamarea.com

Sara Selva, '24 M.A. reported on the levels and duration of student protests on campus in an article published by lamarea.com.

Screenshot of Samaa Khullar sharing her reporting on X.
Screenshot of Samaa Khullar sharing her reporting for AJ+ on X.
AJ+

Reporting from Stabile Fellow Samaa Khullar, '24 M.S. led to her work being viewed by global audiences. 

Last updated May 21, 2024

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