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In-Depth Documentary Training from Day One

NYU’s News and Documentary (NewsDoc) program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is for the curious, the natural observers who strive to dig deep and tell the unexplored stories of the world. Here, they learn in-depth writing, reporting, filmmaking, and editing techniques from day one, work with professional documentary makers in the business, and graduate ready to take on positions in news and documentary organizations or as independent filmmakers.



A NewsDoc education builds on a strong reporting foundation with training in the tools and techniques that transform students into reporters and producers of both long- and short-form journalism. Here, you’ll work with a broad range of faculty who are award-winning reporters, and filmmakers, and you’ll gain exposure to the best documentary makers in the business in our Master Class series.

Our Curriculum

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Marcia Rock

Marcia Rock

Associate Professor | NewsDoc, Director

Marcia Rock’s documentaries cover international dilemmas, women’s issues as well as personal perspectives. She’s won three NY Emmy Awards. Her recent documentary, UnReined, is about Nancy Zeitlin, a fearless Israeli equestrian champion who started the first Palestinian equestrian team after the Oslo Accords. Rock produced three films on veterans, Soldiers Period is a humorous short debunking myths about PMS, Warriors Return focuses on Navajo veterans and SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home about women transitioning from active duty to civilian life, that won a NY Emmy and distributed on PBS stations. From the plight of salt harvesters in Ghana to the changing role of women in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, She has covered Irish American and Northern Irish history producing Daughters of the Troubles: Belfast Stories (1997) that won many awards including the AWRT Grand Documentary Award. McSorley’s New York, tells the story of the NY Irish through the patrons of the bar and won a NY Emmy. Dancing with My Father, explores how adult love is shaped by what a child learns at home. Surrender Tango is a documentary on how tango can be a metaphor for relationships. Read More

Jason Samuels

Jason Samuels

Professor | Director, Graduate Studies

Jason Samuels is a professor of journalism at NYU and a multiple Emmy Award-winning broadcast news and documentary producer.

Most recently Jason produced the independent feature-length documentary “A Kid From Coney Island” which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is now streaming on Netflix.

Jason also serves as a senior consultant at ViacomCBS, where he manages the development and production of primetime news specials and original award-winning documentaries for Black Entertainment Television, including Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement and Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama.

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Jason Maloney

Jason Maloney

Clinical Professor | GloJo, Acting Director | NYU Journalism in Ghana, Director | GlobalBeat, Director

Jason Maloney is an award-winning cameraman, editor and news and documentary producer specializing in foreign affairs coverage. His work has appeared on ABC, CBC, CBS, CNN, Discovery, HDNet, PBS, and He teaches courses on multi-media production and international crisis reporting. In 2014, he launched GlobalBeat, NYU’s international reporting program that brings graduate students overseas for hands-on video reporting for PBS.

In recent years, Jason has reported for PBS NewsHour from over 30 countries, covering notable political leaders such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Joko Widowo, Narendra Modi, Paul Kagame, Jose Ramos Horta and Martin McGuinness. Prior to his work for the NewsHour, Jason produced major programs for Now on PBS and HDNet World Report on UN peacekeeping in the Congo, the Nashi youth movement in Russia, the rise of the Indian middle class, and the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict. “Uganda’s Silent War”, which Jason wrote, produced, shot and edited in 2007, won the Robert F. Kennedy Award, a First Place National Headliner Award and earned two Emmy Nominations.

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Jane Stone

Jane Stone

Professor | NewsDoc

Jane Stone specializes in legal affairs journalism and investigative reporting. She has worked for NBC Dateline, CBS’s 60 Minutes, Walter Cronkite’s documentary company, CNN, and PBS’s Frontline.  Her journalism has been recognized with several journalism awards, including a national Emmy for investigative reporting. She was awarded NYU’s Golden Dozen Award for excellence in teaching.

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Each NewsDoc cohort features a small and talented group of bright and innovative students from around the globe who collaborate, critique, and support one another as they work to tell the compelling stories of our time.

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NewsDoc Film Festivals


Student Academy Award Winners

Student Academy Award Winners


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Sidewalks to Trails


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Safer Streets


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Destabilizing Queens


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