Emma Cott

Emma Cott



Emma Cott is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who has produced work across the United States, and in Latin America and South Asia.

She spent a decade as a video journalist on staff with The New York Times, where she reported and produced visual journalism across a broad coverage range, from an investigation of a rising leader in the far right, to an explainer of the way Pfizer makes its Covid-19 vaccine. Her work at the Times won numerous awards, including two Picture of the Year Awards (POYi) for a series on the future of robotics, a Human Rights Press Award for a video about India’s crackdown on Muslim citizens, and a Front Page Award for an investigation into misleading advertising by a chain of anti-abortion centers.

Before joining the NYT, Emma worked in documentary film in the Bay Area and New York City. She spent nearly a year embedded in the emergency department of Oakland’s public hospital for the Oscar-shortlisted documentary, The Waiting Room. She has also worked on several films for PBS, including a digital project about women trailblazers called MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and Frontline’s The Suicide Plan, an Emmy-nominated exploration of the underground world of assisted suicide.

Emma has a B.A. in History with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Oberlin College, and an M.J. from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s documentary track.


Sec. Title Time Location
002 J282 Intro to Visual Journalism – Section 2 * click here for complete room assignments
Fall 2019
M 1:00 - 4:00; Th 9:30 - 12:30 108 North Gate (Lower News) — 108 North Gate (Lower News)
001 J285 Short Form Video Reporting Master’s Project
Spring 2024
Wed 1–5pm 101 North Gate (Production Lab) — 101 North Gate (Production Lab)
001 J285 Shortform Video Reporting
Fall 2023
TU 9am–1pm 104 North Gate — 104 North Gate