The Tow Center coordinates Columbia’s dual-degree Master of Science Program in Computer Science and Journalism offered in conjunction with Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The dual-degree program is designed to prepare a new generation of professionals with skills in the technical aspects of both digital media and news production.
In addition to coursework at the journalism and engineering schools, students in the dual-degree program participate in a seminar and workshop designed specifically for the dual-degree program. The seminar looks at the impact of digital techniques on journalism, the emerging role of citizens in the news process, the influence of social media and changing business models that support news gathering. The hands-on workshop delves into information design focusing on how to build a site, section or application from concept to development, ensuring the editorial goals are kept uppermost in mind.