News & Documentary

News and Documentary prepares students to report and produce short form and long form journalism for traditional and non-traditional media. From the first class, students are on the streets reporting, shooting and editing. We emphasize not only the story, but the storytelling. Our goal is to have a student skilled in both form and content, able tell a story by effectively using all aspects of the medium.

The Reporting I class begins with the basics of short form stories in a variety of formats and genres. After a progression of reporting classes, the curriculum culminates with each student producing a thirty-minute documentary. Our News Magazine editing class coincides with the Advanced Reporting class to give extra support to the production of the documentary.


New Master Classes

Not only do students work with full time faculty, but we now have a series of MASTER CLASSES that bring in the best independent documentary filmmakers in New York City. We also host filmmaker screenings throughout the year so students can see current work and interact with filmmakers to learn more about the process and different styles.

Our students are in demand for internships at all the major broadcast news organizations and websites in New York as well as at smaller documentary production companies.


Our Specialness

NewsDoc is special because it is among the most creative programs in journalism education. Many journalism programs today use multimedia as a catch phrase: it has become short hand for scratching the surface of everything. The problem with that approach is that you master nothing.

NewsDoc still takes the long view. It values in-depth long form journalism and takes the time to get there. Its curriculum is made up of building blocks with each class and semester layering on what came before. The diverse backgrounds of the faculty – film documentary, broadcast news, TV news magazine, multimedia reporting, even magazine writing – is a testament to the program’s respect for storytelling in all forms and exposes students to a variety of tools to draw from. That is how you truly master your craft and it is evident in the annual News Doc Film Festival. You leave us prepared to work in news at the networks, a documentary production company, VICE, New York Times video or on your own.


Fellow Students

NewsDoc also has a tradition of attracting students from all over the world. This commitment to creating an intimate international group each year is the best newsroom setting we can imagine. Students partner on projects, share feedback, and foster a strong professional environment. Most incoming students have two-three years of professional and intern experience in some aspect of journalism but that is not a requirement. We’re interested in interesting students who have something to say.


Rialda Zukic (2014) films her thesis documentary in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Xue Yu (2014) films her thesis documentary in Inner Mongolia, China.


Prof. Rock shooting with Navajo Viet Nam Veteran Prof. Samuels and ABC News anchor Charles Gibson Prof. Joe Peyronnin with Dan Rather in Institute studio

New Agenda New York

New Agenda New York is a student-produced site by NYU graduate journalism students. As New York prepares for its new mayor, we bring you a collection of multimedia stories from the city’s neighborhoods on the issues that matter today. We cover gentrification, food security, education and more, through neighbourhoods in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Harlem.

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Please visit our NewsDoc site for more information about the program



News & Documentary Bylines


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    Marcia Rock
    MARCIA ROCK, producer/director/writer, is an author and three-time Emmy award winning independent documentary producer. Her work covers international dilemmas, women’s issues as well as personal perspectives.

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    Jason Samuels
    Jason Samuels is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast news and documentary producer.

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    Jane Stone
    Jane Stone has worked over the past 17 years investigating everything from corporate negligence at Fortune 500 companies to bogus retirement homes to the trafficking in endangered species by the country's prestigious zoos.

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    Cora Daniels
    Cora Daniels is an author and award-winning journalist. She was a staff writer at Fortune magazine for almost a decade. She currently is a contributing writer at Fast Company and at Essence, where she writes for both magazines regularly, and...

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    Kirsten Johnson
    Kirsten Johnson works as a director and a cinematographer. Her shooting appears in the Sundance 2012 Audience Award winner, "The Invisible War". In the last year, as the supervising DP on Abby Disney and Gini Reticker's series, "Women, War and...

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    Adrian Mihai
    Professor Mihai, the broadcast operations manager of the department, is a freelance videographer, independent producer and multi-media designer. He produced and directed several documentaries, "E Pluribus Unum" (1994), a film that investigates the spiritual milieu of first generation immigrants from...

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    Joe Peyronnin
    Joe Peyronnin has been an award winning producer and senior executive in broadcast journalism for 40 years at CBS News, Fox News and Telemundo/NBC News. Since January 2006 he has worked as an investor and corporate adviser to digital media...