Graduate School of Journalism

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Established 1912
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Dean Nicholas Lemann
Degrees MA, MS, PhD
Enrollment 381 students (2005)
See also Wikipedia's article about "Columbia Journalism School".

The Graduate School of Journalism, also known as the Journalism School or the J-School, is the only school of its kind in the Ivy League. It is located in Pulitzer Hall (known as Journalism Hall until 2012). Columbia’s Journalism School offers three degree programs: Master of Science (MS) in Journalism (full and part-time), Master of Arts (MA) in Journalism, and a PhD in communications. As the preeminent school of journalism in the United States, the Columbia J-School awards many of its most prestigious prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize and the DuPont-Columbia Award.

Today, a faculty of internationally-recognized journalists with varying specialties—including politics, arts and culture, religion, science, education, business and economics, investigative reporting, national and international affairs—instruct Journalism School students. Faculty members are preeminent in their fields, and many have won numerous journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the duPont-Columbia Award, the National Magazine Award, and the National Book Award.

The Graduate School of Journalism offers approximately $4.4 million annually in fellowships and scholarships to students who demonstrate high academic achievement, financial need, and promise for leading careers in journalism.


The Journalism School was opened in 1912 with a gift given ten years earlier by Joseph Pulitzer. In its early years, it was referred to as the "Pulitzer School". It has gone on to become among the top journalism schools (if not the top such school) in the United States.

For its first two decades, the journalism school was an undergraduate professional school, and enrolled both students entering university for the first time and BA graduates who were seeking an additional credential, awarding the degree of Litt.B. in Journalism. In 1935, Dean Carl W. Ackerman led the school's transition to become the first graduate school of journalism in the United States. Classes of 60 students dug up stories in New York City during the day and drafted articles in a single, large newsroom in the Journalism School at night.

Pulitzer would also endow the eponymous Pulitzer Prize, which are awarded each year by the J-School in a ceremony held in the Low Library Rotunda.

On March 8, 2013, Prezbo named Steve Coll, a New Yorker writer, the new dean of the J-School, effective July 1, 2013.[1][2] Some in the media were not happy with the choice, complaining that Dean Coll was unqualified because, despite his two Pulitzer Prizes, he wasn't on Twitter.[3][4]

Student Life

Students study journalism in the classroom, but also by covering diverse neighborhoods of New York City with close guidance and mentoring from their professors. Students form intense bonds during their time at the school. Every day, students are invited to attend and participate in lectures, workshops, conferences, and receptions with journalists who visit the school. The school’s student government is run through the University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the world’s largest journalism organization. Student officers organize events throughout the year, including field trips, panel discussions, and community service projects.

See also

  • In addition to offering graduate degree programs, the Journalism School administers several prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize and the duPont-Columbia Award. It also co-sponsors the National Magazine Award and publishes the Columbia Journalism Review.
  • See the Journalism School site for updates on the Stabile Student Center.


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