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What I like to say is we like students to leave here with the intellectual dexterity to deal with unending change. That is a core journalistic skill along with learning to verify information and write it in a compelling way.

Bill Grueskin, Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia J-School, in a Q&A with PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser.

The Q&A covers Columbia’s revamped curriculum, and thoughts on the future of journalism education.

Related: Thoughts about Columbia, journalism education, and j-school from the FJP archives.

Listening in on the Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize winners will be announced at 3pm EST today. You can follow along with a live webcast from the Columbia Journalism School via Blog Talk Radio.
Hosted by Sree Sreenivasan, the show will include analysis from previous winners and experts. The show starts at 2:45.

Listening in on the Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prize winners will be announced at 3pm EST today. You can follow along with a live webcast from the Columbia Journalism School via Blog Talk Radio.

Hosted by Sree Sreenivasan, the show will include analysis from previous winners and experts. The show starts at 2:45.

Media people who feel smug because they have a Twitter handle, an about.me page, and 500 friends on Facebook often seem to think there is something magical about their ability to navigate social media. There’s not. Social media is easy to use, the barrier to entry is almost zero, and it’s not at all impressive in the larger realm of what constitutes “new journalism,” or whatever it is we’re supposed to call journalism that involves the use of Big Data and interactive infographics.

Journalism skills, however – those antiquated intangibles that fusty old out-of-touch Columbia tries to teach – are non-trivial. Journalists have to be able to not only write, but to also process and synthesize complicated ideas in a short time, structure narratives, master the art of interviewing, take notes really fast, self edit, research in places where others don’t think to look, speak truth to power, ask ballsy questions that might otherwise get their teeth smacked in, construct arguments, dismantle other arguments, see through bullshit, and think on their feet. You can learn those things by yourself through hard work and experience, but it’ll take more than 40 seconds.

Hamish McKenzie, PandoDaily, So Columbia Journalism School’s new dean doesn’t Tweet. So what?

FJP: We’d argue that Twitter and this overall social media thing takes more than 40 seconds to learn but Hamish’s argument against Michael Wolff’s criticism of the Columbia J-School — and its appointment of Steve Coll as its dean — is well worth the read.

Bonus: Jihii Jolly’s Why I’m Paying for J-School.

So you want to be a journalist?

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FJP: Happy Sunday, and good luck with your journalistic aspirations.

Joseph Pulitzer Wishes Columbia J-School a Happy 100th Birthday

This weekend is my 10th reunion from the Columbia J-School.

More importantly, it’s the school’s 100th anniversary.

So in honor of it, the school’s founder Joseph Pulitzer returns to see what’s new.

Puzzled, disappointed, he doesn’t like what he finds. — Michael

Columbia, Stanford get $30 Million to Create Joint Journalism & Technology Institute

Via Mashable:

Big news on the innovation front: Columbia Journalism School and Stanford’s School of Engineering are teaming up to create an Institute for Media Innovation. The Institute hopes to bridge the gap between journalism and technology and encourage collaboration between the two disciplines.

The institute, officially called the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, is made possible by a $30 million gift from former Cosmopolitan magazine editor in chief Helen Gurley Brown in honor of her late husband. The gift will go towards funding two director roles — one in each university — as well as a physical space attached to Columbia Graduate School of Journalism complete with a high-tech newsroom. The money will also help support post-graduate fellowships and “Magic Grants” to further stimulate innovation. It is the single largest donation in the Journalism School’s history.




The rise of infographics: Lessons from the Social Media Weekend

If you couldn’t attend, here’s the top takeaways from the panelists:
- Max Shron, OkCupid: “Our eyes are good at taking information in, better than any other way. We take information and put it in a form that fits in one eye-span. Infographics take information and make it decidable.”
- Shane Snow, Visual.ly: “Visualization is a great storytelling medium and is also strong in driving digital traffic. The wonderful thing is that there are a million ways to tell a story with visualizations.”
- Russ Marshalek, Flavorpill: “At its base, an infographic is a visual representation of some form of information, that may not necessarily be visual. It helps you understand the data better. They’re not viral by nature.”
- Matt Owens, Athletics: “In this time, there is a trend to make data cool and sexy and good to use. In what we do on a daily basis, what we do on the web, it is all about the hang time. Is it the joke of the moment that you need to jump on.”
via CBS News

The rise of infographics: Lessons from the Social Media Weekend

If you couldn’t attend, here’s the top takeaways from the panelists:

- Max Shron, OkCupid: “Our eyes are good at taking information in, better than any other way. We take information and put it in a form that fits in one eye-span. Infographics take information and make it decidable.”

- Shane Snow, Visual.ly: “Visualization is a great storytelling medium and is also strong in driving digital traffic. The wonderful thing is that there are a million ways to tell a story with visualizations.”

- Russ Marshalek, Flavorpill: “At its base, an infographic is a visual representation of some form of information, that may not necessarily be visual. It helps you understand the data better. They’re not viral by nature.”

- Matt Owens, Athletics: “In this time, there is a trend to make data cool and sexy and good to use. In what we do on a daily basis, what we do on the web, it is all about the hang time. Is it the joke of the moment that you need to jump on.”

via CBS News

Al Jazeera English to be honored with Columbia Journalism Award

May 4, 2011

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will bestow its highest honor, the Columbia Journalism Award, to Al Jazeera English. The award is given annually during the school’s commencement ceremony to recognize an individual or organization for “singular journalism in the public interest.”

Via Columbia Journalism School

Thirteen winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards were announced today by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Eight of this year’s recipients feature investigative reporting, including stories from ABC News and CBS News. Five local television stations will be honored, including KCET, Los Angeles. For the first time, a multimedia story from a print-based news organization will win a duPont Award. The Las Vegas Sun will be honored for multimedia reporting on gambling addiction.

Columbia Journalism School professors write to the White House.

While we hold varying opinions of Wikileaks’ methods and decisions, we all believe that in publishing diplomatic cables Wikileaks is engaging in journalistic activity protected by the First Amendment. Any prosecution of Wikileaks’ staff for receiving, possessing or publishing classified materials will set a dangerous precedent for reporters in any publication or medium, potentially chilling investigative journalism and other First Amendment-protected activity.

Why J-Schools Still Matter

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism just held an interview with its Dean, Nicholas Lemann, about the school’s education philosophy and why one would choose to actually attend a professional journalism school.

Dean Nicholas Lemann: Why Journalism Schools Still Matters.

Click to listen, right click to download the mp3.

Conducted by Dean of Students Sree Sreenivasan and broadcast via Blog Talk Radio, the purpose of the interview was to reach out to prospective students and answer questions they may have.

Obviously Columbia-centric but Lemann touches on a number of issues, both educational and professional, facing the industry that we thought many here would like to listen in on.

Run time: ~30 minutes.

Those interested in hearing further conversation with the admissions department can do so via the podcast archive at Blog Talk Radio.

I used to have a phrase that I deployed at the Guardian, which I stole from our chief technology strategist, which is “being of the Web, not just on the Web.” Digital journalism is about creating a living sort of news, rather than a finished article, and that’s the key difference. If you’re just putting stories on the Web—it doesn’t mean that stories aren’t good or that people won’t read them—but there’s a fundamental difference between that and actually producing digital journalism.
Emily Bell, Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism