Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

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04/01/12 to 03/31/14
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  • New York, NY

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To fund widely disseminated research into transparency and impact in journalism which provides best-practice data with tools and recommendations for implementation

The project would be led by Emily Bell, head of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Bell, who led The Guardian’s online operations for a decade, brings a working journalist’s approach to an academic setting. It is our hope that the project would deeply analyze the most important projects, and produce quality reports, recommendations and tools that are useful to the field.

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Emily Bell

Professor of Professional Practice; Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Emily Bell was director of digital content for Britain's Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010. Previous to that post, Bell was editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited from 2001 to 2006. Under Bell, the Guardian received numerous awards, including the Webby Award for a newspaper website in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and British Press Awards for Website of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Bell first joined the Observer newspaper, which became part of Guardian News and Media, in 1990, as a business reporter specializing in media business, marketing and technology. Bell is a leading media commentator in the U.K., writing about broadcasting and media policy issues. She is a 1987 graduate of Christ Church, Oxford University, where she earned a master's degree in jurisprudence.

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