The Kicker

Crisis at Columbia: A conversation with Jelani Cobb

May 4, 2024
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Jelani Cobb is the dean of the Columbia Journalism School. He is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. For much of the past few weeks, he has been enmeshed in Columbia University’s efforts to grapple with a protest movement on campus over the war in Gaza—one that culminated in the takeover of a building and, finally, on Tuesday, April 30, a police raid.

The Kicker talks to Cobb about the role the Journalism School played throughout the crisis, including facilitating press access to campus after a lockdown was imposed and supporting the work of student journalists, who were the only ones left on campus to document the police raid as it unfolded.

You can also read CJR on the work of the Columbia Daily Spectator, the undergrad student newspaper.

Executive Producer: Amanda Darrach

Josh Hersh is an editor at CJR. He was previously a correspondent and senior producer at Vice News.