The Lede Program

The Lede Program is an intensive, post-bac certification program designed to equip journalists and storytellers of all kinds with the computational skills needed to turn data into narrative. We start from square one, with no prior experience in data or coding necessary. We balance practical, real-world skills with the computer science theory students will want to take their coding further. 

This course is a collaboration between the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University’s Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering. Lede students take hands-on classes in data and data technologies, all taught in the critical and creative contexts of the social sciences and humanities.  

Students are introduced to the essentials of computing, data analysis and data visualization. They acquire a trove of skills, tools, and programming languages, including how to:

  • Code using Python and SQL
  • Acquire information via web scraping and APIs 
  • Process large datasets using algorithms and machine learning
  • Automate tasks using the cloud
  • Visualize results as Adobe Illustrator graphics and web-based D3 interactives

By program’s end, we expect that students will return to the workplace with sharp new analytical, investigative, and storytelling skills. Students can expect to leave with a portfolio of data-driven clips showcasing their new skills.

The Lede Program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), strong academic record and demonstrated interest in data technologies. 

The program takes place between May 24 and August 15, 2019

Fill out and submit your application here.