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Working at the Columbia Journalism School

March 17, 2014

I’m psyched to say that, as of today, I’m helping start a data journalism program at the Columbia J-School. It’s a one or two semester post-bacc program to get people into data, coding, and visualizations who are starting from non-technical fields. It starts this summer and runs through the end of the year.

And although it’s being held in the J-School, it’s not only meant for journalists. The idea is that people from other humanities who see value in working with data can enroll in the program and emerge competent with data.

There’s no time to waste, as the program starts soon (May 27th) and we don’t even quite have a name for it (suggestions welcome!). We’re also looking for students and teachers. What we do have is plenty of great plans of what to teach, lots of institutional support, and some scholarship money.


Categories: data journalism
  1. March 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Awesome. I hope you endow a new field of journalists with your style of enlightened skepticism.

  2. March 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    This is wonderful. I hope your potential students realize just how valuable this training is.

  3. Johan Thorssin
    March 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations Cathy! A name for the for the program…how ’bout, ‘what’s the data with you?’ Don’t forget your Sunday obligations, and my hugs. ;-) Marni tried to fill in for you on the latter, but it’s just not the same.

  4. March 17, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Yayyy — awesome! Go MathBabe, go!!!

  5. March 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Thank you for lighting a flame for mathematical truth!

  6. Guest2
    March 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Yeah! Don’t forget the ins-and-outs of FOIA and FOIA appeals.

  7. Mike D
    March 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

    This is literally epoch making as far as I can tell! Brilliant move. As a lifelong mathaphobe, it is now clear that data is a language and an essential skill to have, and possibly an essential one for grads of the humanities. The thing with data is that now there is so much of it to use and incorporate and compare. I can be a doorway to the rest of the mathematical universe, and stats and coding skills as well. As someone who has been struggling through Alison and Udemy to try to do the same thing, I can only applaud your efforts. From now on an education is not complete without this.

  8. James Baron
    March 19, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Cathy, I suggest you contact Nathan Yau who owns/runs/manages the website http://flowingdata.com – see contact info at http://flowingdata.com/contact/ He is a fanatic about sensible data presentation in media. I suspect he will have a lot of ideas for you.

  9. March 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Is there a link for more information?

    • March 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Very soon, working on it now! I’ll make another post when it’s up.

  10. March 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm
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