The Lede Program
The Lede ProgramColumbia Journalism School’s Lede Program is a 10-week intensive on coding and data analysis. For 2021, the course will be operated as a fully remote program in light of the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
Not just for journalistsPulling insights from data isn’t just for journalists — our tools and skills are equally valuable to social scientists, policymakers, and academics of all stripes.
No PrerequisitesWe start from square one, with no prior experience in data or coding necessary. You’ll learn the ins and outs along the way.
Real-World SkillsWe balance practical, real-world skills with the computer science theory you’ll want to take your coding further.
What will you learn?
“Data” isn’t just one simple thing. You’ll acquire a plethora of skills, tools and programming languages to make you a more effective storyteller. Let’s review a few of the possibilities:
…and that’s not all, either.
With coverage ranging from an hour of introduction to a semester-long deep dive, you’ll return to the workplace with sharp new analytical, investigative, and storytelling skills.
The Lede Program is open to applicants with a strong academic or professional record and demonstrated interest in data technologies. Learn more here
Dates will be posted when applications open in late 2021.
As a professional program at Columbia University, the Lede Program costs less than a formal degree. Scholarship aid is also available. For more information on tuition and scholarship aid opportunities, see our Tuition and Fees page.