Journalism After Snowden

Journalism After Snowden is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with the Columbia Journalism Review.

For questions about Journalism After Snowden, please contact Journalism After Snowden Research Director Jennifer Henrichsen: For updates about #AfterSnowden, follow the Tow Center on Twitter @TowCenter.

Past Events

Nourse Theater, San Francisco, Calif. | Purchase Tickets | Please note: This is a ticketed event; Tickets are $4.75 each

Join the Tow Center for an evening lecture with Glenn Greenwald, who will discuss the state of journalism today and his recent reporting on surveillance and national security issues.

In April 2014, Greenwald and his colleagues at The Guardian received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.  Don’t miss Greenwald speak in-person as he fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity eleven-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.  Sponsored by: Haymarket Books, Center for Economic Research and Social Change, Glaser Progress Foundation, Tow Center for Digital Journalism – Columbia Journalism School.

This event is part of Journalism After Snowden, a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with the Columbia Journalism Review.

Journalism After Snowden is funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Jan. 30, 2014: Journalism After Snowden
Columbia Journalism School
A conversation about digital privacy, state surveillance, and the First Amendment rights of journalists.

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.  Panel discussion
Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University (115th Street at Broadway)
8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Reception
Columbia Journalism School


Moderated by

Emily Bell
Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism
Columbia Journalism School


Jill Abramson
Executive Editor, The New York Times

Janine Gibson
Editor-in-Chief, Guardian U.S.

David Schulz
Outside Counsel to The Guardian
Lecturer, Columbia Law School
Partner, Levine, Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP

Cass Sunstein
Member, President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies
Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University

Read more:

The Huffington Post | NY Times’ Jill Abramson: Obama Crackdown Has Created ‘Freeze’ on Reporting | Jan. 31, 2014
NY Times Editor Jill Abramson: Obama Crackdown on Leakers Threatens National Security Journalism | Jan. 31, 2014
Capital New York | Abramson: ‘Freeze’ setting in on national security beat | Jan. 31, 2014
Columbia Journalism Review | Reporting in the post-Snowden Era | Jan. 31, 2014
Capital New York | Media Pro: Wall-to-wall football; the rush to Oz | Jan. 31, 2014
Tow Center Live Blog |  Journalism After Snowden | Jan. 30, 2014


Jill Abramson | Executive Editor, The New York Times | @JillAbramson
Jill Abramson is the executive editor of The New York Times. She succeeded Bill Keller on September 6, 2011, becoming the first woman to hold that position.

Ms. Abramson was previously the managing editor, a position she held since 2003. As managing editor, Ms. Abramson has been one of Mr. Keller’s two top deputies overseeing the entire newsroom.  Her appointment was announced by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the paper’s publisher and the chairman of The New York Times Company on June 2, 2011.

Ms. Abramson said that as a born-and-raised New Yorker, she considered being named editor of The Times to be like “ascending to Valhalla.”

“In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion,” she said. “If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”

Ms. Abramson’s selection is something of a departure for The Times, an institution that has historically chosen executive editors who have ascended the ranks through postings in overseas bureaus and managing desks like Foreign or Metropolitan.

She came to The Times in 1997 from The Wall Street Journal, where she was  a deputy bureau chief and an investigative reporter for nine years. She rose quickly at The Times, becoming Washington editor in 1999 and then bureau chief in 2000.

Mr. Keller asked her to be his managing editor in 2003 as he assembled a team he hoped would restore confidence in the paper after the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal. Ms. Abramson had been part of a group of editors who clashed with Howell Raines, the executive editor who was forced out after Mr. Blair’s fraud was revealed.

In 2010, Ms. Abramson stepped aside temporarily from her day-to-day duties as managing editor to help run The Times’s online operations, a move she asked to make so she could develop fuller, firsthand experience with the integration of the digital and print staffs.

Janine Gibson | Editor-in-Chief, Guardian U.S. |
Janine Gibson is editor of, the UK’s most popular newspaper website.

Formerly she was G3 editor of the Guardian, responsible for the weekly Media,EducationSociety and Technology sections.

Other positions she has held at the Guardian include media editor, during which time she launch-edited, and media correspondent.

She was also media correspondent of the Independent. Her career began in trade magazines.

David Schulz | Outside Counsel to The Guardian; Lecturer, Columbia Law School; Partner, Levine, Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP | @LSKSDave
David Schulz heads the New York office of Levine, Sullivan Koch & Schulz, L.L.P. a leading media law firm with a national practice focused exclusively on the representation of news and entertainment organizations in defamation, privacy, newsgathering, access, copyright, trademark and related First Amendment matters. Schulz has been defending the rights of journalists and news organizations for nearly 30 years, litigating in the trial courts of more than 20 states, and regularly representing news organizations on appeals before both state and federal tribunals. Schulz successfully prosecuted access litigation by the Hartford Courant to compel the disclosure of sealed dockets in cases being secretly litigated in Connecticut’s state courts, and the challenge by 17 media organizations to the closure of jury selection in the Martha Stewart criminal prosecution. He successfully defended against invasion of privacy claims brought by Navy SEALS whose photos with injured Iraqi prisoners were discovered on-line by a reporter, and has prevailed in Freedom of Information Act litigation pursued by The Associated Press to compel the release of files relating to detainees held by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay and to records of the military service of President George W. Bush.. Schulz is described as an “incredibly skilled” litigation strategist and a “walking encyclopedia” of media law by Chambers USA (Chambers & Partners, 2006), and is recognized as one of the nation’s premier First Amendment lawyers by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, 2006). He regularly represents a broad range of media clients, including The New York Times, Associated Press, CBS Broadcasting, Tribune Company, and The Hearst Corporation, along with other national and local newspapers, television networks and station owners, cable news networks, and Internet content providers. Schulz is the author of numerous articles and reports, including Policing Privacy, 2007 MLRC Bulletin 25 (September 2007); Judicial Regulation of the Press? Revisiting the Limited Jurisdiction of Federal Courts and the Scope of Constitutional Protection for Newsgathering, 2002 MLRC Bulletin 121 (April 2002); Newsgathering as a Protected Activity, in Freedom of Information and Freedom of Expression: Essays in Honour of Sir David William (J. Beatson & Y. Cripps eds., Oxford University Press 2000); and Tortious Interference: The Limits of Common Law Liability for Newsgathering, 4 Wm. & Mary Law Bill Rts. J. 1027 (1996) (with S. Baron and H. Lane). He received a B.A. from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he has served for more than twenty years on the Board of Trustees. He received his law degree from Yale Law School, and holds a master’s degree in economics from Yale University.

Cass Sunstein | Member, President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies; Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University | @CassSunstein
Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University and Harvard Law School and the Director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Obama Administration.

He clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and was a faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School from 1981 to 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has served as vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations, and chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. He is author of many articles and a number of books, including (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), and Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008). He graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School.