The Lede Program

An intensive, post-bac certification program from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Department of Computer Science designed to equip journalists and storytellers of all kinds with the computational skills needed to turn data into narrativebreak out of Excelperform in-depth investigationsharness APIsexplain complex subjectswrite data-driven storiesprocess document dumpsfind insights and leadsperform in-depth investigations

Lede 12 + 24

Columbia Journalism School’s Lede Program features Lede 12, a summer intensive on coding and data analysis, along with an optional fall continuation called Lede 24 that helps flesh out your coding skills in the fields of your choice.

Not just for journalists

Pulling 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 Prerequisites

We 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 Skills

We balance practical, real-world skills with the computer science theory you’ll want to take your coding further.

Summer 2017 Applications are Now Open!

Apply Now

Applications accepted on a rolling basis while space allows

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:


Programming language






Data Cleaning






Charts and Graphs


Version Control


Web Scraping


Programming language


Language processing

Adobe Illustrator

Charts and Graphs


Styling the web


Mapping and Interactives

IPython Notebook

Accountable Coding



…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 bachelor’s degree, strong academic record and demonstrated interest in data technologies. The 2017 primary application period is has ended, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis while space allows. Learn more here


Lede summer classes begin Monday, May 22 and continue through September 1. Orientation is on Friday, May 19. For those in the Lede 24 program, the fall semester then continues until late December.


As certification programs at Columbia University, Lede programs cost 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.


If you’d like to know more, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at
Email us now

Summer 2017 Applications are Now Open

Let’s get going – applications are being accepted on a rolling basis while space allows.

Apply now!

Student Work

If you’re curious about the work we do, visit our Student Work page to see examples from assignments and projects, as well as published pieces by Lede Program graduates.