Read the October 2008 Columbia Alumni
This month's edition includes information about a happy hour with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Homecoming on Oct 4 and a panel discussion on globalization.
Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism has announced that contributions to the school's Second Century Campaign have surpassed the $100 million goal, which was established when the campaign was launched in 2006. The fundraising campaign reached its ambitious goal three years ahead of schedule.
"I am deeply grateful for the generosity and commitment of the people and foundations who have invested in the school during a time when the profession of journalism is changing so radically," said Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. "This support helps to ensure that Columbia's Journalism School will continue to set the standard in training journalists with the ethical standards, intellectual depth, innovative spirit and exemplary reporting skills that are essential to a strong and reliable press."
The gifts have already made a dramatic impact on the school, including construction of the 8,000 square foot Toni Stabile Student Center. Dean Lemann has identified three goals for the remainder of the campaign: to increase scholarship aid to an unprecedented level of 50 percent of tuition for all students; to develop a new academic center focused on the coverage of race and ethnicity; and to raise funds for the Tow Center for Internet Journalism.
The Tow Center, established by the Tow Foundation with a $5 million endowment, will be dedicated to the study and teaching of professional new media journalism. The center's primary mission will be to prepare the next generation of journalists to become leaders in professional journalism online and in other forms of digital media. The endowment must be matched by an additional $10 million from other sources.
In addition, Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, announced at the event that a $20 million commitment from John Kluge (Columbia College 1937)—part of Kluge's previously announced gift to support financial aid at the University—propelled the Journalism School's Second Century Campaign past its goal.
News of the campaign's success follows on the heels of a generous $4.46 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bolster the school's health and science journalism program. To attract the most promising journalists, the grant will provide at least half of the tuition costs for students in the Master of Arts science concentration and fund research related to their thesis projects. Funds from the grant will also support a variety of curriculum-development measures and initiatives to recruit prospective students to the program.
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