Columbia University Media Scholarship - Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Columbia University Media Scholarship

The Mass Media Scholarship Program at Columbia University was established in 2017 with exclusive support from SNF. Over a period of three years, it aimed to strengthen the educational credentials and deepen the vocational experience of journalists from Greece by providing scholarships to study at a top U.S. university.

The Program offered an opportunity for up to 18 candidates each year to attend one of three specialized journalism training courses at Columbia University’s renowned Journalism School:

• A three-week video production workshop
• A two-week investigative journalism course
• A three-month coding and data analysis course

Columbia Journalism School’s experienced faculty provided the six participants to each course every year with rigorous training on video, investigative, and data journalism, giving them an opportunity to enhance their professional careers. The selection of the candidates was the sole responsibility of the Columbia Journalism School. See a full list of SNF Fellows.

The scholarship program, by instigating a series of discussions on the current state of journalism in Greece and on the need for substantive reforms, became one impetus for the creation of the incubator for Media Education and Development (iMEdD). Established in 2018 through an exclusive grant from SNF, iMEdD is a nonprofit organization aiming to promote transparency, credibility, independence, and excellence in journalism. It opened its doors in Athens in early 2019. Visit to learn more about iMEdD offers and its programs.

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