Radio at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
|Columbia University radio journalists produce
their reports on state-of-the-art digital editing work stations
and a fully equipped broadcast studio. Students have access
to radio production workstations 24 hours a day. Photo by Viet
In-depth Reporting and Live Broadcasting
Radio instruction at the Columbia School of Journalism emphasizes
writing and reporting of in-depth radio reports, including news-magazine production, daily reporting
and documentary production. Students learn formats heard on the best
commercial and public network broadcasts, in particular on National
Public Radio news programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Advanced courses
stress on-air production and hosting skills. Broadcast programs,
as webcasts, include live coverage of national and local elections
each November, a weekly news magazine Uptown Radio January through May, and occasional
broadcasts of the Radio Documentary class and "Masters Project"
long-form documentaries each Spring.
The radio curriculum is envisioned as strengthening students' overall
journalistic training in preparation for a possible radio career,
but also to develop descriptive and narrative writing techniques
for those who intend to work in print, television or new media.
Editing and mixing is done on state-of-the art digital audio workstations
(using Pro Tools software).
The radio concentration is directed by Professor John
Dinges, former managing editor of NPR News. All radio instruction
is by professors and adjuncts with distinguished track records at
public and commercial networks.
Adjunct professors include:
Alex Blumberg (This American Life); Amy Costello (former NPR, The World), Julianne Welby (WNYC-FM); Barbara Giudice (Radio France International), Diantha Parker (former NPR, WBEZ-FM) Lars Hoel (independent producer) and Jaime Bedrin (independent producer).
Radio classes broadcast their work on regular magazine-style news
programs, which are webcast live and archived for future access. In Fall
semester, broadcast sections of the core journalism course, known
as RW1/Broadcast, finish their radio component with a one-hour program.
In spring, the Radio Workshop produces a weekly one-hour program.
Masters projects for radio are webcast during special listening sessions
to showcase these long-form documentaries. Other advanced radio classes
produce occasional programs of student reports.