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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Columbia Offers 1-Year Masters In Data Journalism For $106,000

ColumbiaInside Higher Ed, $147,000 for a One-Year Master's? In Journalism?:

For those with an extra $147,514 lying around, there is a new a master of science in data journalism from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

For everyone else, dropping just over $106,000 for tuition and fees — plus $41,232 in living expenses, per Columbia’s estimate — for a master’s degree in an unstable, layoff-ravaged industry where the median annual salary is less than $40,000 might seem ludicrous, or at least deserving of mockery.

“The higher ed Institution is crumbling,” journalist Josh Sternberg wrote on Twitter. “A $100,000 master's of science in data journalism degree?”

Press Release, New Data Journalism Degree at Columbia Journalism School Prepares Next Generation of Newsroom Leaders:

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism unveiled the school’s first Master of Science in Data Journalism, an expansion of the current data journalism specialization. This is the fourth graduate-level program in the school’s portfolio, not including dual-degrees. The new degree will provide students with practical, hands-on training essential to producing deeply reported data-driven stories in the public interest.

“The decisions governments and corporations make affecting ordinary citizens increasingly involve huge data sets and opaque algorithms,” said Steve Coll, dean of Columbia Journalism. “For journalists to carry out their function as watchdogs on power, storytellers and sifters of the truth, they increasingly must understand how to interrogate data and computer code. We think our new degree offers a leap forward in journalism education, one that is responsive to where our profession must go.”

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"It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money." ("Canada" Bill Jones)

Alternatively, yu could start a blog, maybe even earn a few bucks a year.

Posted by: DrTorch | Aug 16, 2017 5:48:15 AM

But if it bestows a wage premium over regular journalists and non-journalists, it is axiomatically worth the cost.


Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 16, 2017 8:38:48 AM

One would think that the worldly-wise journalists of America would be too shrewd to fall for a scam like this.


Posted by: David D | Aug 16, 2017 9:51:31 AM

At first, I didn't get what data journalism was. When I did, I realized that this is a double rip-off. Not only is the tuition grossly inflated, you can't teach someone "how to interrogate data and computer code" in a single year, much less interpret it in any intelligent fashion.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Aug 16, 2017 10:09:07 AM