Columbia Journalism Opens Applications to its Renowned Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program | Columbia Journalism School
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Columbia Journalism Opens Applications to its Renowned Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program

The program is led by Corey Ford, Program Director and leading digital media executive.

The Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program trains leaders of the world’s most respected news organizations and promising media start-ups to lead innovation and solve strategic business challenges in a time of rapid transformation, uncertainty, and opportunity. Fellows use the tools and knowledge from the 21-week program to launch, accelerate, and implement a real-world project that is critical to the mission of their organizations and integrated into their day-to-day work.  

The fellows spend five months in this low-residency program: three weeks in New York City and eighteen weeks at their home newsrooms, connected via a weekly virtual cohort meeting that rotates between project feedback and intimate conversations with industry speakers, complemented by individual coaching with the Director. 

The new program has an intense focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Each fellow is required to bring to the program an individual project of strategic importance to their news organization and of critical importance to their own role.

The program focuses on:

  • Leadership and Building a Culture of Innovation
  • Venture Design Innovation Process
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Audience and Trends
  • Product and Marketing
  • Business Models and Strategy
  • Negotiations and Pitching

Over 220 global newsroom executives have completed the Sulzberger program since its founding. Sulzberger fellows come from a variety of newsrooms and generally have 7-15 years of experience, including managing teams and working across functions. 

The new class begins May 3, 2021. Applications for the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program open today. To learn more, visit or join an information session with Corey Ford:

The Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program was established in 2005 with an endowment by the Sulzberger family that served as a birthday gift to the legendary New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger. The family envisioned a program that encouraged innovation and would provide news leaders with the tools they needed to sustain the news business.  

About Columbia Journalism School
For more than a century, the Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened in 1912 and offers a Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Data Journalism, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.  In addition to the Pulitzer Prizes, the school administers many other leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, the Mike Berger Awards and the WERT Prize for Women Business Journalists.