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New Tow Center Research Fellows Explore the Vanguard of Digital Journalism

NEW YORK – The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School welcomes nine Knight News Innovation Fellows to its research program. The new Fellows come from practice and academia, including The New York TimesThis American Life, Yale, Rutgers and Syracuse universities. They will pursue a wide range of subjects, including virtual reality, how virality works for audio, and the use of machine learning in newsrooms.

The Fellowship projects are funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, building on the Tow Center’s existing research at the intersection of journalism and technology.

“This is a fascinating place to work right now, both in practice and research terms. Our fellows bring a wealth of diverse experience, both from academic and journalistic backgrounds, that help to surface trends and navigate this dynamic field,” said Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center.

The new Fellows will work on six distinct projects across four areas: Audiences & Engagement, Computational Journalism, Impact & Metrics and Experimental Journalism. The Tow Center hosted the Fellows for orientation on February 18 at Columbia Journalism School; they join the more than 25 existing Fellows and 13 ongoing research projects.

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