As part of the Village Voice's education supplement, the alt-weekly talks to several 2009 graduates from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism about what it feels like to enter an industry that many are proclaiming to be near death. Surprisingly, they remain upbeat about the future and feel prepared to take part in the rebirth of the news industry. "If you look at it differently, it's an exciting time in journalism," one recent grad says. "People are trying to come up with solutions to find out what the future is going to be."

Continue ReadingColumbia J-School Grads Remain ‘Excited and Hopeful’

"We're grateful to the alt-weekly media for its fearless journalism, and we remain as committed as ever to training the kinds of journalists you're looking for," says Columbia J-School in a press release issued this morning. The AAN associate-member organization continues: "The current class is dominated by aspiring long-form narrative writers who have their sights set on alternative weekly journalism and are eager to step into entry-level jobs and internships."

Continue ReadingColumbia Journalism School’s Career Expo is March 28 in NYC

Career services coordinator Gina Boubion will attend this year's convention to talk to prospective students about mid-career programs at Columbia, and to connect with editors who are looking to hire both entry-level and more experienced journalists. "Every year more and more of our students come to Columbia to advance their investigative and narrative skills, and they've definitely gotten the message from us and their professors that the alt-weeklies are fertile ground for doing the kind of journalism they crave to do," Boubion says.

Continue ReadingColumbia J-School Makes Push to Connect With Alt-Weeklies