Neil Drumming Visited the J-school!

Producer for This American Life Neil Drumming came by the J-school last week for a conversation with students in the Stabile Center. Speakers Director Natasha Frost, who coordinated the talk, has this write-up about the event held last Monday:

Neil’s career in journalism began almost by accident under the mentorship of the late David Carr, who spotted his enthusiasm for and interest in hip hop and rap and encouraged him to write about it. From there, Neil has worked as a critic, a writer, a filmmaker and now, also seemingly by accident, a radio producer. But, as he told students, it’s all storytelling – and the biggest difference between fictional stories and the journalistic ones he produces for This American Life is that the journalistic ones happen to be true.

He spoke frankly about his experiences of writing personally; the importance of having and developing a ‘voice’ as a writer, which he said was not easily taught; and about the differences between the various mediums he has worked in. He also fielded questions on the pitching process of the TAL, how the team works collaboratively to edit, and the kinds of stories he wants to tell there.

The Stabile Student Center was almost full – and those who came left musing on how frank and approachable Neil had been (he spoke to students on a one-on-one basis afterwards); how lively discussion had been; and how much they’d enjoyed the evening. A great start to what will hopefully be a series of stimulating, thought-provoking and fun speaker events.


Halloween Party (Oct. 22) Tickets On Sale!

It’s the middle of October, which means it’s time…

to get…




And that means tickets are on sale for the Annual J-school Halloween Party! This year’s party will be held in the speakeasy room at The Gin Mill (442 Amsterdam Ave, corner of 81st & Amsterdam).

Saturday, October 22nd from 11-2

Tickets will be available through Sunday (10/16) for $10 for entry only OR $12 with a beverage ticket, and then they will take a spooky jump to $15 pre-party and $20 at the door.

Get your tickets early people, and ghouls!

Doors open at 10:45 p.m.


Help Design the CJS Sweatshirt!


We are now accepting designs for the Columbia Journalism School sweatshirt. This is your chance to ensure our sweatshirts look FIRE!

Otherwise, they could turn out the J-school equivalent of one of these:




(Okay, that last one’s kind of cool, but you get the idea…)

Submissions are due by OCTOBER 11TH! Email your ideas to our treasurer, Elizabeth VanMetre, at