For a century, Columbia Journalism School has been helping people report on the world. Now is your chance to turn it around, and reflect on your time at the J-School. Note: we welcome memories of long-time professor and beloved friend of the school Judith Crist, who passed away on August 7, 2012.

Whether you were a student, on staff or a member of the faculty, please share your favorite experiences from your time here and/or how the J-School has touched your life. And, please include a photo (maximum file size 6 MB) to accompany your entry. If you have any questions or are having trouble submitting your reflection, please email

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  • Smoking with Judith Crist
    Smoking with Judith Crist By Hazel Sheffield ’12
    Assistant Editor

    Judith Crist, the influential film critic, died today at her home in Manhattan. She was 90, and known to millions of Americans for her spiky film reviews... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Thu Feb 21, 2013 Leave a comment
  • A Great Teacher By Howard Maniloff ’66
    retired public school prinipal, teacher, county suprintendent, and assoc. prof of eductional leadership, Uni. North Carolina-Chapel Hill

    Penn Kimball was the most intimidating and stimulating professor I ever encountered. I wish him many years of good health and professional and personal... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Fri Sep 28, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Still Inspiring students By Shirley Mathews ’81

    I can still Judith Crist's exhortation in my head - "Precision!" And, after a long journalism career, I'm now a university teacher, and I like to think... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Tue Sep 18, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Judith Crist By Jim Bebbington ’91

    I have many memories of Judith Crist's edits on my work in her class, some of them fond. She once tore into one of my columns as being well-written but... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Fri Aug 10, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Judith Crist By Margo Jefferson ’71
    critic, teacher, Columbia Writing Program, School of the Arts

    I was in what I think was the first seminar she taught at the J-School. She was just terrific -- sharp-witted, stern about your prose, and also generous... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni, FacultyFaculty Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Judith Crist By Ivana Kottasova ’11

    Lucky enough to make it into one of her last seminars, I will never forget the anxiety I felt when walking the 25 blocks from the J-School to Judith... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Limbering Up
    Limbering Up By Anne Cassidy ’82
    Editorial Director and Editor, Georgetown Law

    In Judith Crist’s class, writing mattered. In RW 1 and my other classes, reporting ruled. Strong leads, snappy kickers, clean copy — yes, they were... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
  • So I went into PR.... By Elizabeth Fogerty ’01
    Director Corporate Communications

    which I shamefully confessed to Prof. Crist in an Xmas card hoping for absolution. Not only was she supportive, she said PR people were intriguing and... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Thank You Judith Crist By Erica Meyer Rauzin ’72
    Managing Editor / US,

    I took Mrs. Crist's film criticism class in 1971 and went to several of her Tarrytown film weekends later. I learned from her both professionally and... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
  • A Tribute to Judith delivered a few years back at the J-School By Jocelyn Craugh Zuckerman ’96
    Executive Editor, Whole Living magazine

    I’ll start by saying that Judith Crist is one of the few people I feel strongly enough about to get up in front of this many people and speak. I was... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Aug 8, 2012 1 Comment

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