The Lede Program
Lede 12 + 24Columbia 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 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 bachelor’s degree, strong academic record and demonstrated interest in data technologies. The 2016 application period has several application deadlines: February 15, March 15 and April 15. International students and those seeking financial aid are encouraged to apply earlier. Learn more here
Lede summer classes begin Monday, May 23 and continue through September 2. Orientation is on Friday, May 20. For those in the Lede 24 program, the fall semester then continues until mid-December.
TuitionAs certification programs at Columbia University, Lede programs cost less than a formal degree. For more information on tuition and scholarship aid opportunities, see our Tuition and Fees page.
If you’re curious about the work we do, here’s a peek at a few homework assignments. Visit our Student Work page to see more examples from assignments, as well as published pieces by Lede Program graduates.