Studying digital journalism, platforms, and publishers

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Who We Are

Led by director Emily Bell since our founding in 2010, our team of researchers examines digital journalism's industry-wide economic trends, its cultural shifts, and its relationship with the broader, constantly changing world of technology. Operating as an institute within Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, the center 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 as a whole.

 

Contribute research

Academic researchers and working journalists seeking to propose a long-term project should reach out directly to the Tow Center staff by email at towcenter@columbia.edu. Tow funds research into the intersection of newsrooms and new and emerging technologies and tech companies—view our publications for more information about our recent work.

Apply for a Staff Position

To see our current openings, click the link and search with the keyword "Tow Center." To apply, create a "master application" by following the instructions on the landing screen.

Work with Tow

Events
Events
Events

The Tow Center regularly presents its findings in engaging panel discussions and workshops. All events are ticketed but free—RSVP through our Eventbrite page.

Eventbrite

In the Columbia Journalism Review
In the Columbia Journalism Review
In the Columbia Journalism Review

Our research reports, journalistic investigations, and analyses are published by the Columbia Journalism Review.

CJR

The Dual Degree
A Dual Master's Degree
A Dual Master's Degree

Visit Columbia Journalism School's page for more information on the the computer science/journalism dual master's degree, where students are trained to produce data journalism.

The Dual Degree Program

In Academic Commons
In Academic Commons
In Academic Commons

To read our groundbreaking research reports, visit our section of Columbia's Academic Commons page where our reports are available with DOI citations and in PDF form.

Academic Commons

About our funders
About our funders
About our funders

Learn more about how our institution is financially supported.

Our funders

Platforms and Publishers
Platforms and Publishers
Platforms and Publishers

Read more about Tow's ongoing Platforms and Publishers project, including our two scholarly reports, and view our Platform Timeline, tracking newsworthy events in the life cycles of tech platforms.

Platforms and Publishers

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