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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  • A J-School Assignment I’ll Never Forget
    A J-School Assignment I’ll Never Forget By Waka Tsunoda ’62

    One of the biggest news stories while I was a student at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism was the plane crash of American Airlines’ Flight One... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Fri Jun 8, 2012 1 Comment
  • Author, Editor, Journalist
    Author, Editor, Journalist By Mervyn Kaufman ’59
    Author, editor, journalist

    I remember it clearly: a critical time in my J-school year. Christmas was coming, the weather was turning dismal, and I wasn’t planning to fly home to... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Mon Apr 30, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Coming to Columbia
    Coming to Columbia By Mirta Ojito ’01
    Columbia Journalism School Professor

    I first came to Columbia in the throes of passion. I was a reporter for The Miami Herald and my date, the man who would later become my husband, brought me... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni, FacultyFaculty Wed Apr 25, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Richard Baker and Me
    Richard Baker and Me By Joe Saltzman ’62
    Professor of Journalism

    After all of us had arrived at the Journalism School in the Fall of 1962, we had an orientation lunch where we each introduced ourselves. When it was over... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Mon Apr 23, 2012 1 Comment
  • Greatest Year of My Life
    Greatest Year of My Life By Wayne Dawkins ’80
    assistant professor, Hampton Univ. Scripps Howard School

    In 1979-80, the educators at the J-School gave this shy guy from Brooklyn permission to be brash and bold if it were in the name of good journalism and... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Thu Apr 19, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Never Shrink from Sacrifice (Archival)
    Never Shrink from Sacrifice (Archival) By Ahmed Emin Yalman

    From "Journalists In Action," a book of essays created for the Journalism School's 50th anniversary in 1962-63. Ahmed Emin Yalman, an outstanding figure... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni, FriendFriend Mon Apr 16, 2012 1 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

    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

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