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The Lede Program has awesome faculty

April 18, 2014

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I’m the Program Director for the new Lede Program at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. I’m super excited to announce that I’ve found amazing faculty for the summer part of the program, including:

  1. Jonathan Soma, who will be the primary instructor for Basic Computing and for Algorithms
  2. Dennis Tenen, who will be helping Soma in the first half of the summer with Basic Computing
  3. Chris Wiggins, who will be helping Soma in the second half of the summer with Algorithms
  4. An amazing primary instructor for Databases who I will announce soon,
  5. Matthew Jones, who will help that amazing yet-to-be-announced instructor in Data and Databases
  6. Three amazing TA’s: Charles Berret, Sophie Chou, and Josh Vekhter (who doesn’t have a website!).

I’m planning to teach The Platform with the help of a bunch of generous guest lecturers (please make suggestions or offer your services!).

Applications are open now, and we’re hoping to get amazing students to enjoy these amazing faculty and the truly innovative plan they have for the summer (and I don’t use the word “innovative” lightly!). We’ve already gotten some super strong applications and made a couple offers of admission.

Also, I was very pleased yesterday to see a blogpost I wrote about the genesis and the goals of the program be published in PBS’s MediaShift.

Finally, it turns out I’m a key influencer, according to The Big Roundtable.

  1. tdhawkes
    April 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    No female faculty?


  2. MikeM
    April 18, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Nothing on visualization?


    • April 19, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Well we had planned there to be 6 classes – these four plus visualization and networks – but our pilot program is only aiming to have 15 students so we had to reduce to 4. Next summer we’ll have all 6! And in the meantime we will have to incorporate some viz into the other four classes.


  3. a
    April 19, 2014 at 1:03 am

    How much does the program cost?


    • a
      April 19, 2014 at 1:21 am

      Oh, I found it. 13,000 for one semester. Ouch.


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