Columbia Journalism School to launch The New York World
May 16, 2011
Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism is launching an ambitious digital project – The New York World – designed to provide New York City citizens with accountability journalism about government operations that affect their lives. Named after the newspaper published by the school's founder, Joseph Pulitzer, the project will deploy the talents of up to six recent graduates, plus faculty and current students.
New York World will serve both as a site, where citizens can learn more about how services are allotted and tax dollars are spent, and as a news service, providing stories, data and other information to local news providers.
New York World will be an integral part of Columbia Journalism School. Its editor and staff will work closely with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism to innovate and produce effective ways to help citizens understand how their government works. Additionally, the editor will engage faculty at the Journalism School and other university departments to bolster the content and authority of the site.
The staff journalists, who will serve as post-doctoral fellows reporting to the editor, will begin their work in late summer 2011 and will serve terms ending in mid-summer 2012, which may be renewed. (The fellows must have completed an M.S., M.A. or Ph.D. at the Journalism School.) The entire staff will work from the J-School, although at least one of the members may be assigned to Albany.
New York World is funded through grants by generous donors to the Journalism School. The grants are for periods of one to three years, and the school will embark on additional fund-raising to ensure continued viability of the effort.