Corey Takahashi is a professor, online course designer, journalist and multimedia producer. At the Newhouse School, Takahashi focuses on multimedia and multiplatform storytelling, teaching undergraduate, graduate students and mid-career professionals from multidisciplinary backgrounds. He researches generational change in media and culture.
Takahashi started his career in New York City as a founding editor at the music magazine, Blaze, and later worked on staff as an editor for Vibe, where he was an international contributor at the time of the publication's National Magazine Award (NMA) for General Excellence. Takahashi’s work also was nominated for an individual NMA, selected for the Best Music Writing anthology, and received special recognition from the Center for Documentary Studies. Takahashi worked on staff at Entertainment Weekly, Newsday and Public Radio International/New York Public Radio. He is a longtime cultural contributor to NPR. Takahashi has filed feature stories for Monocle, Quartz/Atlantic Media, CBC, BBC/PRI, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
A narrative storyteller in text, audio and video, Takahashi concentrates on how technology changes the modern story for creators and audiences. He was in the first group of professors selected for YouTube’s experimental Educator Lab in Los Angeles, and he’s one of the few YouTube-certified professors in higher education. In 2020, as universities were rushing to adapt to the global pandemic, he was named one of the nation’s top ten journalism educators by the trade magazine, Crain’s NewsPro. In 2022, he was competitively selected as a Maynard Institute Fellow, an industry-leading program focused on media entrepreneurship and underrepresented communities.
Takahashi has consulted for organizations ranging from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to the Los Angeles Times to Material/Kelton, a global brand-strategy agency. At SXSW in Austin, he hosted the first-of-its-kind entrepreneurship panel, “New Bosses/New Voices: Diversity in Media Ownership.” He was co-creator of the 2023 conference, “Startups, Web3, and the Future of Media in Miami.”
Takahashi studied as a fellow at McGill University in Montreal, UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California. He has traveled North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, through a combination of multimedia teaching, journalism and storytelling trips. Takahashi's keynotes, panels and workshops include guest visits to Cornell University, USC, UCLA, Northwestern University, University of Maryland, The New School and the City University of New York.
At Syracuse University, Takahashi has developed five new classes, including elective and core courses, as well as a class for the Newhouse School’s online master’s program on innovation in the media industry.