Monday, February 7, 2011

Opening of Tow Center on Columbia Journalism

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The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is the only graduate journalism school in the Ivy League. The school, founded with a bequest from Joseph Pulitzer in 1912, is located on Columbia University's campus in Manhattan. In addition to M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs, the Journalism School administers several prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize and the DuPont-Columbia Award. It also co-sponsors the National Magazine Award and publishes the Columbia Journalism Review.


  1. In January 2010, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism announced that it had completed a $10 million match to help establish the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. This amount fulfilled the requirements established by The Tow Foundation, which in February 2008 made a $5 million pledge to create a center dedicated to the teaching and research of professional journalism in digital and emerging media at the Journalism School.

  2. The Tow Center officially launched on Oct. 19, 2010. Opening remarks were made by Martin Nisenholtz, the senior vice president of digital operations at The New York Times. Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center, delivered a keynote address about her vision for the future of the profession and took questions from the audience. Dean Nicholas Lemann and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger also addressed the gathering of journalists and students at Columbia Journalism School.

  3. In her new role, Bell will teach graduate students; collaborate with and study news organizations; develop new models for creating and delivering information along with business innovations to support those models; oversee original scholarly research; and advise on how to raise additional funds through research, program grants and gifts.

  4. The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, established in early 2010, provides journalists with the skills and knowledge to lead the future of digital journalism and serves as a research and development center for the profession.

    Under the direction of Emily Bell — formerly the director of digital content for Britain’s Guardian News and Media — the Center will devise and publicize innovative methods of digital reporting and presentation, serving both established and new media companies. The Center will also explore interactions between journalists and citizens, particularly as readers seek ways to judge the reliability, standards and credibility in media.