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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  • "An Occasional Nice Phrase" By Melissa Baumann Siebert ’76
    Ms.

    Judith Crist terrified me. As a 21 year-old would-be novelist trying to be a reporter, I found the entire J-school experience quite traumatising... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Remembering Judith Crist
    Remembering Judith Crist By Steve Snyder ’06
    Assistant Managing Editor, TIME

    It was one of my defining experiences, to learn from Mrs. Crist at the J-School. She first taught me how much I had yet to learn, and then gave me the... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Critic, Educator, Mentor, and Friend
    Critic, Educator, Mentor, and Friend By Perri Knize ’89
    Writer and editor

    I daresay I learned more from Judy than from any other teacher I have ever had, of any subject. Not only was she an exacting editor, she modeled poise... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Thank You, Professor Crist By Charles Fountain ’83
    Journalism Professor -- Northeastern University

    The semester at Columbia was 14 weeks long when I was there. I was in class with Judith Crist for two hours every week. It is amazing what an impact those... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • More than a Legend
    More than a Legend By Amy Nutt ’95
    Staff Writer, The (Newark) Star-Ledger

    As an alumna of Judith Crist's writing class, I count myself one of those lucky former students to have also had the privilege of callng her a friend. She... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni, FacultyFaculty Wed Aug 8, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Remembering Judith Crist
    Remembering Judith Crist By Robert Eidelberg ’63
    Retired journalist and educator

    I knew Judith Crist as a daily, never-miss-it reader of the lamented New York Herald Tribune ("Who says a good newspaper has to be dull?") long, long... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Tue Aug 7, 2012 1 Comment
     
  • What A Remarkable Woman
    What A Remarkable Woman By Sharon Santus ’98
    Professor

    Judith Crist asked us, her students, to call her "Mrs Crist," rather than professor, so I'll do that here. Mrs. Crist personified the word "class." When... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Tue Aug 7, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Remembering Judith Crist
    Remembering Judith Crist By Peter Kupfer (formerly Cooper) ’88
    Freelance writer, editor, photographer

    I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Crist's death. She was an inspiring teacher who taught me more about the craft of writing than any other teacher I've ever... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Tue Aug 7, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Learning from Judy
    Learning from Judy By Travis Irvine ’12
    Comedian/Filmmaker/Journalist

    Happy to be in one of her last classes, happy to have attended one of her last Thanksgiving parties. I kissed her hand as I left the party, and she... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Tue Aug 7, 2012 Leave a comment
     
  • Wherever I End Up
    Wherever I End Up By Scooby Axson ’12
    Student

    For anyone that has stepped foot in Pulitzer Hall, they would be hard pressed not to get a sense of history -- it's impressive and overwhelming at the same... more →

    Posted by: Current StudentCurrent Student Fri Jun 29, 2012 Leave a comment
     

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