Columbia University’s School of Journalism has decided to allocate $2 million of funding from the Knight Foundation and Tow Foundation towards finding the “best practices” in digital media. The research sets out to analyze data and give recommendations for certain journalism methods used during the universal shift towards a tech-oriented world. More specifically, the research will revolve around three main concepts: impact, transparency, and data visualization. The initiative will be headed by Columbia’s Emily Bell, who joined the university in 2010 after a successful career at the Guardian.
When asked by Capital New York what types of projects will receive a portion of the grant money, Bell was somewhat vague, but noted past research such as Columbia’s 2011 study on the profit potential of digital journalism. She also mentioned that approximately half a dozen projects will be funded with definite amounts to be determined by a research director. All research will be open-sourced, with findings to be publicly presented across news industry.