News and Documentary prepares students to report and produce short-form and long-form video 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.
Not only do students work with full time faculty, but we 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.
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.
NewsDoc also has a tradition of attracting students from all over the world. This commitment to a diverse classroom and 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 one-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.