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.
Summer 2019 application period has now closed
The Lede 2020 application period will open in late 2019
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. Applications for Summer 2020 will open in late 2019. Learn more here
For 2019, Lede summer classes begin Tuesday, May 28 and continue through August 14. Orientation is on Friday, May 24. 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.