Columbia Journalism School launches best practices research initiative

The Columbia Journalism School recently announced a major research initiative to find best practices in digital journalism. The research will focus on three main areas:

  • Impact: measuring how new practices and tools affect audiences and newsroom resources;
  • Transparency in journalism: focusing on public data – what’s available, what’s not, and what’s useful and relevant to people’s lives;
  • Data visualization: examining which visuals work best in informing and engaging readers.

Commenting on the announcement in a blog post, the director of Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Emily Bell, said that the initiative aims ‘to produce work which is widely accessible and immediately relevant to both those producing journalism and also those learning the skills of journalism’.

The research is being funded to the tune of $US2 million by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Tow Foundation. In a post about the announcement of the initiative, Bell said that full details of how and where to apply for funding will be announced in the coming weeks and months, ‘with the aim of having our first projects in place within the next few months. Anyone with initial thoughts and ideas can contact me, for further details.’

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