Reflections

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 CUJSCentennial@columbia.edu

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  • The Race
    The Race By Olivia Smith ’12
    Multimedia Journalist

    I just want this to be over… almost done… cannot wait to cross the finish line. Those were my thoughts as I slowly ran the 13th mile, the last stretch... more →

    Posted by: Current StudentCurrent Student Mon Apr 16, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • A Year of Firsts
    A Year of Firsts By Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver ’12
    Student

    The day I received my acceptance letter from Columbia Journalism is forever etched in my memory. I was at school in Toronto, Canada, reading my final... more →

    Posted by: Current StudentCurrent Student Thu Apr 12, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Phyl and Fred
    Phyl and Fred By A’Lelia Bundles ’76
    Author and Columbia University Trustee

    By the time I arrived at Columbia in the fall of 1975, I’d been writing newspaper articles for more than half my life. I’d had a Newsweek summer... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni, FriendFriend Thu Apr 12, 2012 5 Comments
     
  • All The Difference
    All The Difference By June Carolyn Erlick ’70
    editor-in-chief, ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America

    Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a journalist for the (perhaps) mistaken reason that I loved to write. As an undergraduate, I majored in... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Thu Apr 12, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • In Class with Malcolm X
    In Class with Malcolm X By Robert Hummerstone ’64
    retired

    I got a good lesson in not jumping to conclusions at the very beginning of my year at the J School. The term had just begun, and I wasn't familiar with... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Thu Apr 12, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Setting Standards
    Setting Standards By Dave Saldana ’95
    Communications Advisor

    When I'm asked whether j-school is a good choice, I say yes, and no. For me, Columbia was a mixed blessing. It made me a much better journalist and writer... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Thu Apr 12, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • The Year of Living Dangerously
    The Year of Living Dangerously By Bianca Consunji ’12
    Student

    The most I’ve ever cried in my life was in the year I spent at the J-School.  As a women’s magazine editor, little of my life was spent doing the... more →

    Posted by: Current StudentCurrent Student Wed Apr 11, 2012 2 Comments
     
  • A Look Ahead
    A Look Ahead By Daniel Medina ’12
    Multimedia Journalist

    When I first entered the lobby of soon-to-be-named Pulitzer Hall on a hot, muggy August day, I was taken aback by the grandeur of one of journalism's... more →

    Posted by: Current StudentCurrent Student Wed Apr 11, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Memories of '62
    Memories of '62 By Joe Saltzman ’62
    Professor of Journalism, USC Annenberg

    I was right out of undergraduate school where I was editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Trojan, at the University of Southern California and... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Apr 11, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Father Confessor
    Father Confessor By Richard Starkey ’53

    Product of an Irish-Catholic Brooklyn neighborhood, and St.John’s College, I was awed by Professor John Hohenberg, and his paternal approach to each of... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Sat Apr 7, 2012 Leave a comment
     

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