Columbia Journalism School

New York (USA)


The Columbia School of Journalism in New York City began on September 30, 1912, with 79 students. In 1913, Columbia's journalism building opened, and in 1917, the first students from Columbia won Pulitzer Prizes.

In 1935, Columbia began offering graduate classes in journalism and started a hands-on program that educated 60 students per classroom. In 1939, the school opened satellite schools in China and Venezuela. They began offering studies in television news and documentary studies, enhancing their degrees in print and radio.

In 1961, Columbia started handing out the Columbia Journalism Award and started Journalism Day. In the same year they launched the Columbia Journalism Review that focused on educating about developments and trends in journalism.

In the 1960s, Columbia University began expanding its journalism program, adding newsrooms to the campus. They began the National Magazine Awards in this decade and the Alfred I. DuPont Columbia Awards for broadcast journalism. In 1966, they started a summer program with the former president of CBS news, Fred Friendly, which focused on educating minorities. In that same decade, Columbia hired its first African American professor, Luther P. Jackson, a 1951 graduate of the Columbia Journalism School.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the school began the course Reporting and Writing I that became the foundation for the Master of Science in Journalism. They also introduced the Knight=Bagehot Fellowship in 1975.

In 1985, the school started the Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism that allowed students to specialize in magazine journalism. The 1980s and 1990s marked an era of technological advancement for the school that integrated state-of-the-art computer systems into their classrooms.

In the 21st Century, the Columbia Journalism School added the Ph.D. program and the Master of Arts degree. They now also offer a dual M.S. degree in Computer Science and Journalism.


The Columbia School of Journalism now offers a plethora of degrees and tracks for students who want to obtain a journalism degree. They currently offer tracks such as broadcast journalism, data journalism, international reporter, investigative journalism and magazine journalism.

They specialize in teaching their students how to tell great stories, through written and film journalism and how to handle other duties journalists face, such as deadline reporting, profile writing and documentary film making. Since they are located in New York, the epicenter of American journalism, they can offer students a high-intense setting that is similar to the one they'll experience in a newsroom. Their students also get the opportunity to reach out to the university's over 11,000 alumni network.

The school now offers four degree programs for students to choose from. Their Master of Science degree offers students with a bachelor's degree in journalism the chance to take their careers to the next level. Their Dual Degree in Journalism and Computer Science allows students to gain access to knowledge about two lucrative fields while allowing students to get a further understanding of journalism within a technical field. Their Master of Arts degree is offered to students who have at least three to 15 years of experience. Students can choose between arts and culture, science and business. The students who follow this track are able to ask deeper questions and follow leads further. The PhD in Communications gives students an in-depth look at the individual as it relates to media, society, culture, politics and economics.


The Master's program requires students to choose a course of study that could include arts and culture, science, health and the environment, business and economics or politics. Students must also complete a master's thesis. Classes and coursework might include history of journalism, future of journalism, investigative reporting and data journalism. Students must also take three electives off site each year. They must take courses like the written word, image and sound and audience and engagement. Students can also specialize in categories like data journalism, investigative journalism or documentary journalism. They will also need to complete a master's project that shows their ability to perform complicated research techniques as well as gather material and organize it in a way that is clear and professional.

The Master's of Arts program, for journalists who have at least three to 15 years of experience, asks students to choose from the subject areas of arts and culture, business and economics, politics and science, health and the environment. Students must complete a Master's Thesis and other projects that prove their skills as journalists. Many of the students who complete this program have their thesis projects published in a major newspaper. Students must also take three electives off-campus.

Dual Degrees could include journalism and business, journalism and computer science, journalism and international and public affairs, journalism and law or journalism and religion.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Communications degree coursework could include classes in journalism and society, a proseminar in communications, communications and research problems, contemporary organizations and comparative politics. Students must also take courses in a concentration of history, religion, political science, sociology, anthropology, comparative literature, film studies, business or international affairs. Students must also be fluent in a foreign language, pass comprehensive exams, complete a doctoral dissertation and be able to defend it and prove their ability to perform sophisticated research methods.


The idea for the Columbia School of Journalism was first proposed by famous New Yorker and newspaper man, Joseph Pulitzer. It's no wonder so many of the university's graduates go on to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, the highest honor in print journalism and literary and musical achievements in the United States.

Students have also won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards in broadcast and digital journalism, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the Chancellor Award for television correspondents, the Lukas Prize Project Awards for research and social issues, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, the Mike Berger Award for human interest pieces, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for racial and religious issues in the United States and the Dart Awards for excellence in Coverage of Trauma for stories about violence, disaster, crime and traumatic issues.

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