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 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: An Appreciation
    Judith Crist: An Appreciation By Gregg Barrios

    I met Judith Crist in 1966 when she came to the University of Texas in Austin to share her expertise as a film critic for both print and television. I have... more →

    Posted by: FriendFriend Thu Aug 9, 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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