Where the Class of 2020 Landed | Columbia Journalism School

Where the Class of 2020 Landed

In 2020, our students joined 110 media organizations.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Class of 2020 faced severe disruption in the journalism job market. Nevertheless, many of our students found jobs and internships after graduation. As of July 14 2020, 61.5 percent (171/278 students in all degree programs) had plans lined up after graduation (i.e. internships, fellowships, full-time and part-time jobs, continued in another academic degree program, or freelanced). These figures were well below the 71-77 percent range we’ve seen since 2011. 

In 2019, which was a more typical year in terms of employment, nearly 77 percent (220 out of 285 students) who graduated had post-graduation plans lined up. 

Regardless of the journalism economy, the number of Columbia students finding employment rises with each passing week of summer. This was true in the summer of 2020 as in previous summers.

Most of our international students are legally permitted to work for one year in the U.S. after graduation if they apply for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa. International M.S. students in our three-semester M.S. Data Journalism program and our dual degree M.S. Journalism and M.S. Computer Science program qualify for longer-term STEM visas.

Our international students are competitive in the U.S. job market for short-term internships and positions while on OPT but will find the landscape very challenging. Longer-term work authorization (also known as sponsorship) is rarely granted, so international students should expect to return to their home countries at the conclusion of their OPT year. Once back home, our international graduates typically find that their Columbia degree has made them highly marketable.

The Class of 2020 landed at these companies after graduation:

AARP The Magazine Inherent Magazine Tampa Bay Times
ABC Audio Korean Broadcasting System Teachers College
ABC News Las Vegas Review-Journal The Athletic
ABC News London Los Altos Town Crier The Baltimore Sun
Al Jazeera Los Angles Times The Block
Apple MarketWatch THE CITY
Audible McClatchy The Connecticut Mirror
BBC (NY and DC) Montana Free Press The Counter
Bloomberg News Mother Jones The GroundTruth Project
Business Insider Mountain State Spotlight The Hechinger Report
CBS News National Press Foundation The Houston Chronicle
Center for Public Integrity NBC News TODAY Show The Marshall Project
Center for Responsive Politics NBCUniversal The Miami Herald
Christian Science Monitor New Mexico In Depth The New York Times
Columbia Journalism Investigations Next City The Real Deal
Columbia Journalism Review Nikkei The Salt Lake Tribune
Columbia Journalism School NOOR Images The Texas Observer
CNN New York Daily News The Trace
CNN New Day Open Society Foundations The Wall Street Journal
CoinDesk PBS NewsHour The Washington Post
Colorado Public Radio | Denverite POLITICO The Wichita Eagle
Comedy Central Prism TIME magazine
Consumer Reports Digital Lab Quartz Tow Center
CurtainUp Radio Ambulante/El Hilo Transmitter
Daily Mail Rain Media uInterview
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma Report for America United Nations
Deseret News Rest of World VICE
Detroit Free Press Reuters Institute @ Oxford Voice of America
Employee Benefit News San Francisco Public Press Voice of San Diego
Finnish Broadcasting Company Science News VTDigger.org
FiveThirtyEight Singapore Press Holdings Washington Monthly
Forbes Smithsonian WNYC | On the Media
FRONTLINE South China Morning Post Yahoo Finance
Front Office Sports Sperax  
Futuro Media | Latino Rebels SportsNet  
HealthDay St. Louis Public Radio  
Hearst Story Syndicate  
Heavy.com StoryCorps