Ideas Zone

Ideas Zone aims at sharing and exchanging information, experience, know-how and best practices with the participants. More specifically, it includes various thematic cycles annually and numerous workshops and events, covering relevant aspects of journalism from a theoretical and practical point of view. A highly respected and well-known member of the local or global academic and professional community or a top notch institution, certified in the specific subject, leads every thematic cycle. Professors and highly respected professionals from around the world share their experience and also exchange ideas and opinions with the participants.

Upcoming Program: iMEdD Newsroom Essentials 
The new thematic cycle of Ideas Zone, which is designed and delivered by Columbia Journalism School, will cover the practice of data, multimedia, investigative, and entrepreneurial journalism in a condensed eight weeks. This program integrates key lessons from Columbia Journalism School’s signature programs: Summer Investigative Reporting Course, Lede, Columbia Journalism Video Workshop, and Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program.

The program begins on Thursday, October 3 and runs through Thursday, November 21, 2019. Selected journalists meet each Thursday and Friday evening for two-hour lectures on a broad topic within each discipline, which is followed most weekends (both Saturdays and Sundays) for full-day intensive instruction and lab work related to each subject. Twenty journalists total will be selected by the faculty of Columbia Journalism School. Selected journalists will be expected to attend all sessions of the program. The program, curated by Columbia Journalism School, will be hosted at iMEdD premises and will provide all necessary technology on-site during the course of the program.

Applications to this program are now closed and successful applicants will be notified on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. The program will begin in Athens on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

Participants must be comfortable speaking, writing, and learning in English. Applicants must be currently working as journalists for a news organization or as a freelance journalist, and must have a minimum of three years of professional experience in order to be considered.

For questions regarding the program curriculum and delivery, please contact Kate Kennedy, Assistant Director, Professional Programs Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism at
For questions regarding iMEdD, please contact

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