Friday, January 23, 2009

Free webcast today: using LinkedIn for journalism

Columbia University's journalism school this afternoon is holding a free e-seminar on how journalists can use LinkedIn more effectively. The event will be webcast live from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST.

The session will deal with variety of issues including how journalists can use LinkedIn in their day-to-day work, and how to use it as an effective job hunting tool. Speakers include Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek senior technology writer; Jason Alba, author of I'm on LinkedIn, Now What? - A Guide to Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn and CEO of JibberJobber, a jobs search service; and Kay Luo, senior director of corporate communication of LinkedIn. The session will be moderated by Sree Sreenivasan, a new media professor at Columbia.

You can listen live or, later, to a recording by clicking here. Listeners can call in with their questions (or listen live) at 1-646-915-9583. And before or after the session you can leave a comment or ask a question in the comments section of or e-mail sree[at] (In the subject, write "webcast").

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Listen online: $700B bailout discussion for journalists

Columbia University's Journalism School today at 11 a.m. will host a free, live online discussion explaining the $700-billion bailout and implications for the economy and the election.

Adjunct professor Cheryl Strauss-Einhorn will moderate the discussion with David Leonhardt, "Economics Scene" columnist for the New York Times, and Christopher Mayer, professor of real estate and senior vice dean at the Columbia Business School.

Listen live at this link or by dialing (646) 915-9583.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Columbia j-school offers scholarships for foreign students

Columbia University's renowned journalism school offers full-tuition scholarships to foreign students, including:
  • The Jack R. Howard Fellowships provide full tuition and living assistance to two international journalists, from developing or transitional countries, who otherwise could not afford to study at the school. To qualify for the fellowship, candidates must reside outside the United States and intend to return to their homeland after graduation. Previous fellows have been from the following countries: Kenya, Bhutan, Cambodia, Pakistan, Iraq, Romania and Syria, to name a few.
  • Graf und Graefin Arco Fellowship Fund covers full tuition costs for students from Central Europe studying at the journalism school who demonstrate extraordinary promise, but require significant financial assistance to pursue their education.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Should you attend journalism school?

Journalism school is a big investment of time, money and energy. Before you make the commitment, you want to be 100 percent sure.

If you decide to go, carefully choose your journalism program. Find a program that’s strong in new media/multimedia journalism. Many journalism students are woefully prepared for the real world because their programs are not teaching them the latest skills they need. In addition, some programs are using very outdated equipment.

For more info, read "Is Journalism School for You?," the latest article in's journalism career advice section.

-Mark Grabowski

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