Where the Class of 2021 Landed | Columbia Journalism School

Where the Class of 2021 Landed

In 2021, our students joined 118 media organizations.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Class of 2021 faced severe disruption in the journalism job market. Nevertheless, many of our students found jobs and internships after graduation. As of August 2021, most members of the class of 2021 had plans lined up after graduation (i.e. internships, fellowships, full-time and part-time jobs, continued in another academic degree program, or freelanced). In a typical year, 71% to 77% of the class is employed shortly after graduation. Regardless of the journalism economy, the number of Columbia students finding employment rises with each passing week post-graduation and that continues to be the case in the pandemic.

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 2021 landed at 118 companies after graduation:

AARP Magazine Insider Inc Science News
ABC News Insurance Insider Spoon University
ABC News (20/20) Jing Culture & Commerce Spotlight PA
ABC News (Good Morning America) KFSK TELEMUNDO
Associated Press KQED The 19th
Bangor Daily News McClatchy The Beacon
Barron's (Dow Jones News Fund) Miami Herald The Berkshire Eagle
BBC (Washington, D.C.) Mission Local THE CITY
BBC Global News Limited (New York, N.Y.) Mississippi Center for Investigative Journalism The Detroit News
BBVA Morgan Stanley The Information
Block Club Chicago MSNBC (PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton) The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger
Bloomberg NBC The Journal News
Blue Chalk NBC News | Richard Engel Unit The Lede Program | Columbia Journalism School
CNBC New Mexico in Depth The Marshall Project
CNN - Digital News 12 The New Yorker
Coda Story NewsGuard The New York Times
Columbia Business School Next City The Paris Review
Columbia Journalism Investigations Nikkei Asia The Real Deal
Columbia Journalism Review NJ Spotlight The Salt Lake Tribune
Columbia Journalism School North Carolina Health News The San Diego Union-Tribune
Columbia Law School NPR The Seattle Times
Columbia University NY1 - Spectrum News The Tennessean
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs OZY The Upshot (The New York Times)
Concord Monitor PassBlue The Washington Times
CT Mirror PBS NewsHour The Wire China
Detroit Free Press POLITICO United Nations
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education PolitiFact Valor Econômico
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA Popular Science VICE
Dotdash Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium VTDigger
el Nuevo Herald Reddit WAMU
ESI ThoughtLab Religion News Service Washington Monthly
European Broadcasting Union Report for America
(AL.com - Alabama Education Lab)
Western Sound
Everyday Health Group Report for America
(Flint Beat)
Financial Planning Report for America (IndyStar) Wisconsin Watch
Financial Times Report for America
(Miami Herald)
Forbes Report for America
Harvard Kennedy School Reuters Institute at Oxford University Yahoo Finance
Honolulu Civil Beat Richemont North America  
inewsource Salmagundi Literary Magazine