April 8, 2010

Columbia To Offer Joint Computer Science-Journalism Degree

The Columbia University School of Journalism will begin offering a dual Master's Degree in journalism and computer science starting this fall, university officials have announced.

The Master of Science Program in Computer Science and Journalism, which will be offered in association with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at the New York university, is currently awaiting official approval from the state's Department of Education.

Applications for the program are scheduled to be accepted starting in the fall, and will involve two semesters of coursework in journalism and three in computer science.

In the Columbia press release, academic dean Bill Grueskin said, "This should be journalism's golden age; more people have access to more news sources than at any time in history."

"But most news organizations have not fully embraced the digital revolution," Grueskin continued. "This program is designed to turn out graduates with both the highest caliber of journalism training as well as technical skills ranging from data mining to computational imaging."

Computer science professor Shree Nayar added that this was believed to be "the first truly integrated program of its kind," and the press release noted that the new program will "provide graduate students with both the editorial and technological skills to produce new applications and online tools that could help redefine journalism in a fast-changing digital media environment."

The Columbia University School of Journalism was established in 1912, and in 1935, it became the first graduate school of journalism in America. The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science has been recognized by U.S. News has possessing one of the strongest biomedical engineering and computer science programs in the country. Faculty and alumni of the school have won a combined nine Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, and economics.


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