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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  • 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

    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
  • An Awkward Moment
    An Awkward Moment By Olatunji Dare ’77
    Professor of Journalism, Bradley University

    My first substantive lecture at the School shook my faith in Columbia and in the attributes that had earned it global renown..It was the editing course... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni Thu Apr 5, 2012 1 Comment
  • At The Beginning
    At The Beginning By Jake Heller ’12

    I'm sitting on a bus to Boston right now and will be at Fenway Park tomorrow. On the field. Inside the Green Monster. This trip is just one of many surreal... more →

    Posted by: Current StudentCurrent Student Fri Mar 30, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Pioneering in Journalism (Archival)
    Pioneering in Journalism (Archival) By Carl W. Ackerman ’13
    Dean Emeritus

    From "Journalists In Action," a book of essays created for the Journalism School's 50th anniversary in 1962-63. Dean of the Columbia Graduate School of... more →

    Posted by: AlumniAlumni, FacultyFaculty Thu Mar 29, 2012 1 Comment

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