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.
Academic researchers and working journalists seeking to propose a long-term project should reach out directly to the Tow Center staff by email at [email protected]. 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.
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.
The Tow Center regularly presents its findings in engaging panel discussions and workshops. All events are ticketed but free—RSVP through our Eventbrite page.
Our research reports, journalistic investigations, and analyses are published by the Columbia Journalism Review.
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.
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.
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.