Graduate School of Journalism has announced that Emily Bell, director of digital content for Guardian News and Media, has been named the director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
She will take up the post in late July and will also join the full-time faculty.
Bell said: "To be named director of the Tow Center is an incredible honour and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help shape the future of journalism at this critical time. Columbia’s unrivalled reputation for excellence in journalism training already attracts the co-operation and interest of the world’s leading news organisations, and the Center has the potential to play a transformative role in the future of journalism. I am eager to get started."
The mission of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, eastablished earlier this year, is to educate journalists with the skills and knowledge to lead the future of digital journalism and to serve as a research and development center for the profession.
In her new role, Bell will teach graduate students; collaborate with and study news organisations; develop new models for creating and delivering information along with business innovations to support those models; oversee original scholarly research; and advise on how to raise additional funds through research, program grants and gifts.
Bell has worked at the Guardian since 2000, first as founder and editor of mediaguardian.co.uk, and then from 2001-2006 as editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited. She is to be a consultant to the Guardian.