Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is the
journalism school of Columbia University. It is located in Pulitzer
Hall on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus in New York City.
Founded in 1912 by Joseph Pulitzer, Columbia Journalism School is the
only journalism school in the
Ivy League and one of the oldest in the
world. It offers four degree programs: a master of science, master of
arts, a variety of dual degrees including a master of science in
journalism and computer science, and a doctor of philosophy in
The school houses the Pulitzer Prizes, arguably journalism's most
prestigious award. It also administers several other prizes, including
the Alfred I. duPont–
Columbia University Award, honoring excellence
in broadcast and digital journalism in the public service. It
co-sponsors the National Magazine Awards, also known as the Ellie
Awards, and publishes the Columbia Journalism Review, a widely
respected voice on press criticism since 1961.
In addition to offering professional development programs, fellowships
and workshops, the school is home to the Tow Center for Digital
Journalism, which explores technological changes in journalism, and
the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, which supports innovation in
storytelling in the digital age.
Admission to the school is highly selective and has traditionally
drawn a very international student body. A faculty of experienced
professionals preeminent in their respective fields, including
politics, arts and culture, religion, science, education, business and
economics, investigative reporting, and national and international
affairs, instruct students. A Board of Visitors meets periodically to
advise the dean's office and support the school's initiatives.
2 Academic programs
3 Journalism awards
5 Notable alumni
8 Further reading
9 External links
In 1892, Pulitzer, a Hungarian-born newspaper magnate, offered
Columbia University President
Seth Low funding to establish the
world's first school of journalism. He sought to elevate a profession
viewed more often as a common trade learned through an apprenticeship.
His idea was for a center of enlightened journalism in pursuit of
knowledge as well as skills in the service of democracy. "It will
impart knowledge - not for its own sake, but to be used for the public
service," Pulitzer wrote in a now landmark, lead essay of the May 1904
issue of the North American Review. The university was resistant to
the idea. But Low's successor, Nicholas Murray Butler, was more
receptive to the plan.
Pulitzer was set on creating his vision at Columbia and offered it a
$2 million gift, one-quarter of which was to be used to establish
prizes in journalism and the arts. It took years of negotiations and
Pulitzer's death in October 1911 to finalize plans. On September 30,
1912, classes began with 79 undergraduate and postgraduate students,
including a dozen women. Veteran journalist
Talcott Williams was
installed as the school's director. When not attending classes and
lectures, students scoured the city for news. Their more advanced
classmates were assigned to cover a visit by President William Howard
Taft, a sensational police murder trial and a women's suffrage march.
A student from China went undercover to report on a downtown cocaine
den. A journalism building was constructed the following year at
Broadway and 116th Street on the western end of the campus.
In 1935, Dean Carl Ackerman, a 1913 alumnus, led the school's
transition to become the first graduate school of journalism in the
United States. As the school's reach and reputation spread, due in
part to distinguished early scholars who included Douglas Southall
Walter B. Pitkin and Henry F. Pringle, it began offering
coursework in television news and documentary in addition to its focus
on newspapers and radio. The Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the oldest
international awards in journalism, were founded in 1938, honoring
reporting in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Alfred I.
duPont-Columbia Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism was
created in 1942. In 1958, the Columbia Journalism Award, the school's
highest honor, was established to recognize an person of overarching
accomplishment and distinguished service to journalism. Three years
later, the school began publishing the Columbia Journalism Review.
Joseph Pulitzer bust and plaque in the Columbia Journalism School
In 1966, the school began awarding the
National Magazine Awards
National Magazine Awards in
association with the American Society of Magazine Editors. Former CBS
News president, Fred W. Friendly, was appointed the same year to the
tenured faculty and enhanced the broadcast journalism program. By the
1970s, the Reporting and Writing 1 (RW1) course had become the
cornerstone of the school's basic curriculum. The Knight‐Bagehot
Fellowship was created in 1975 to enrich economics and business
journalism. In 1985, the Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism was
A doctoral program was established in 2001. In 2005, Nicholas Lemann,
two years into his tenure as dean, created a second more specialized
master's program leading to a master of arts degree. As a result of
industry changes forced by digital media, the school in 2013 erased
distinctions between types of media, such as newspaper, broadcast,
magazine and new media, as specializations in its master of science
curriculum. The Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism,
dedicated to training select students interested in pursuing careers
in investigative journalism, opened in 2006. A year later, the Spencer
Fellowship was created to focus on long-form reporting. The Dart
Center for Journalism and Trauma relocated to Columbia in 2009 to
focus on media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. In 2010,
the Tow Center for Digital Journalism was created. The Brown Institute
for Media Innovation was launched in 2012.
The school's ten-month master of science program offers aspiring and
experienced journalists the opportunity to study the skills, art and
the ethics of journalism by reporting and writing stories that range
from short news pieces to complex narrative features. Some students
interested in investigative reporting are selected to study at the
Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, a specialization of the
master of science program. Documentary and data journalism
specialization programs are offered as well. The master of science
program is also offered on a part-time basis.
A year-long master of science program in data journalism teaches the
skills for finding, collecting and analyzing data for storytelling,
presentation and investigative reporting.
The school offers several dual-degree programs in collaboration with
other schools at Columbia: journalism and computer science, journalism
and international public affairs, journalism and law, journalism and
business, and journalism and religion. The school also offers
international dual-degree programs with
Sciences Po in Paris, France
University of Witwatersrand
University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The smaller, nine-month master of arts program is for experienced
journalists interested in focusing on a particular subject area:
politics, science, business and economics or arts and culture. Master
of arts students work closely with journalism professors and take
courses in other academic departments and schools at the university.
The program is full-time.
The doctoral program draws upon the resources of Columbia in a
multidisciplinary approach to the study of communications. Students
craft individual courses of study to acquire deep knowledge in an area
of concentration through research and coursework in disciplines
ranging from history, sociology or religion to business or
The Broadway and 116th Street Main gate outside Pulitzer Hall
The school administers many professional awards, a tradition Joseph
Pulitzer began when he founded the school and endowed the Pulitzer
Prizes at Columbia, honoring excellence in journalism and the arts
The 19-member Pulitzer Prize board is composed mainly of leading
journalists and news executives. Five academics also serve, including
the president of Columbia and the dean of the Columbia Journalism
School. The dean and the administrator of the prizes are non-voting
members. Distinguished professionals are appointed to serve on juries
that judge thousands of entries. They are asked to offer three
nominations in each of the prize categories to the board, which makes
the final decisions.
The school also administers the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University
Award, the National Magazine Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes,
John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Lukas Prizes,
the Oakes Prizes, the Mike Berger Award, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial
Award and the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma.
Columbia Journalism School is accredited by the Association for
Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Main article: List of
Columbia University Graduate School of
Daniel Alarcón, assistant professor
Helen Benedict, professor
Nina Berman, associate professor
Walt Bogdanich, adjunct professor
Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism
Steve Coll, dean and
Henry R. Luce
Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism
Sheila Coronel, dean of academic affairs and Toni Stabile Professor of
Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism
Godfrey Lowell Cabot
Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor Emeritus of Journalism
Thomas B. Edsall, adjunct professor
Samuel G. Freedman, professor
Howard W. French, associate professor
Keith Gessen, assistant professor
Ari L. Goldman, professor
Sig Gissler, adjunct professor; former administrator of the Pulitzer
Todd Gitlin, professor and chair, PhD program
David Hajdu, professor
LynNell Hancock, H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of Journalism
Richard R. John, professor
Nicholas Lemann, dean emeritus;
Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer
Moore Professor of Journalism
Dale Maharidge, professor
Sylvia Nasar, John S. and
James L. Knight
James L. Knight Professor Emerita of
George T. Delacorte, Jr.
George T. Delacorte, Jr. Professor Emeritus of
Professional Practice in Magazine Journalism
Charles Ornstein, adjunct associate professor
Michael Schudson, professor
Choire Sicha, adjunct assistant professor
James B. Stewart, Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism
Alexander Stille, San Paolo Professor of International Journalism
Maxwell M. Geffen
Maxwell M. Geffen Professor of Medical and Scientific
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Arts and Sciences
List College (affiliate)
Teachers College (affiliate)
The School (K–8 affiliate)
Science Honors Program
Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School (former)
Barnard Center for Research on Women
Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
Columbia University Medical Center
The Earth Institute
Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Notable alumni and faculty
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Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards
Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards (Service)
William Allen White
William Allen White (1944 award to his widow)
Columbia University and the Graduate School of Journalism (1947)
Frank D. Fackenthal (1948)
John Hohenberg (1976)
Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. (1985)