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Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

Kimberly Kindy speaks at the Estlow Luncheon during Real News Day

Estlow Center for International Journalism and New Media

About Us

The Estlow Center seeks to explore the ways in which the traditional roles of journalism — information-sharing, knowledge-gathering, serving as a watchdog on power, providing the means for democratic participation in collective life and promoting public good — are finding new forms of expression and experimentation in the online digital environment. It does this by hosting events and seeking external funding for the sponsorship of research projects, both of which provide the means to bring researchers, professionals and students together for learning opportunities.

Our Vision

To provide leadership in exploring the ways that journalism's traditional role — as a watchdog on power — is finding new forms of expression and experimentation in the digital environment.

Our Mission

To support these emergent watchdog practices of journalism as they are marshaled for the purposes of enhanced civic engagement and efforts toward improved human rights for all. We do this by participating in and providing support for research, teaching, networking, mentoring and recognizing outstanding media professionals engaged in helping us to better understand journalism's new forms.

The media industries are undergoing tremendous changes. With the Internet, youtube, blogs, online gaming, digital television, satellite radio and cell phones, people are actively creating their own news and entertainment experiences like never before. Yet at the same time, the global media conglomerates continue to grow in size, swallowing up newcomers and reducing the opportunities for diverse programming while also shrinking news staffs in the interests of profit. The industries are investing huge resources into developing new models for delivering media products in the emergent digital environment.

Thankfully, many both inside and outside of those industries are striving to understand what these changes mean for our collective lives together and for the future of democratic engagement. We participate in this rethinking with collaborators and affiliates from around the world.