Why Computational and Digital Journalism?
This new sequence of courses responds to trends in the news industry and journalism profession: the shifting from print and broadcasting to a digital base. There is huge demand for people who have the traditional skills and aptitude of a journalist and enough technical knowledge to re-design a website, create an interactive data feature that can run online, or build a mobile application for news company. Almost all the employers who have traditionally taken our graduates are experiencing a severe shortage of technical talent.
Undergraduate students with ambitions to work in journalism who would like to acquire the programming and web skills are perfect candidates for this group of courses. In addition to acquiring programming, database and web design skills, the students will work on projects that test their skills against real world problems.
The proposed six-course (24-credit) sequence of courses will be available to Computer Science (CS) and Journalism majors. Five of the six courses will be housed in Computer Science and the sixth will be in Journalism.
For Journalism students, the track will be in addition to the double major in CAS that is required for all Journalism majors and Journalism students still must complete the five required courses of either Journalism or Media Criticism. For students taking this track, the journalism double major would increase from a minimum of 8 courses (32 credits) to 11 courses (44 credits). The second major does need not to be Computer Science, though it could be. Journalism students may use three of their normal journalism electives towards requirements in this sequence. (Honors students required minimums increase by 4 credits.)
At Computer Science, the track represents a portion of the existing Web-based minor (Web Programming and Applications), but it does not feed into the Computer Science major, which a student would have to undertake separately.
The six courses in the sequence:
- CSCI-UA 2 Introduction to Computer Programming (4 credits, Fall, Spring and Summer)
- CSCI-UA 4 Introduction to Web Design and Computer Principles (4 credits, Fall, Spring and Summer)
- CSCI-UA 60 Database Design and Web Implementation (4 credits, Spring)
- JOUR-UA 204 Data Journalism and Investigative Reporting (4 credits, Fall)
- CSCI 70 Computational Knowledge Management (4 credits, Spring)
- CSCI 72 Media Technology Projects (4 credits, Fall)
For full descriptions on the CSCI-UA courses, see the course listings at:
If you have further questions, please contact Romeo Kumar at 212-998-3094.
Computational and Digital Journalism Bylines
Jay Rosen has been on the faculty since 1986, and from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives in New York City.
Before joining the Department of Journalism, Charles Seife was writer for Science magazine -specializing in physics and mathematics- and had been a U.S. correspondent for New Scientist. He holds an A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University, an M.S.
Clay Shirky is teacher, writer and consultant on the social and cultural effects of the internet and mobile phones, particularly where they allow for amateur access to the public sphere and easy coordination for group action.