Free Speech & Press

The 2020 Maria Moors Cabot Award Winners

Columbia Journalism School announced the latest winners of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for journalists over their careers for outstanding reporting on the Americas.

News and Research

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A Cyberbully in the Oval Office

The Knight Institute's Katie Fallow argues that a new executive order aimed at regulating social media is a profoundly dangerous attempt to punish Twitter for its speech.

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Covering the Pandemic

Columbia Journalism Review has been covering the coronavirus pandemic and its intersection with journalism.


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The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter

The Tow Center is publishing a weekly newsletter in Columbia Journalism Review that will provide data and analysis on the state of journalism during this pandemic.


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Should the Internet Be More Like Public Radio?

Ethan Zuckerman argues that we should reimagine the online media landscape to build public service digital media tools, drawing on lessons from the BBC and PBS.

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2020 duPont-Columbia Award Winner Clarissa Ward

Clarissa Ward speaks with Lisa Cohen from the duPont-Columbia Awards about her reporting on Jamal Khashoggi's murder. She also shares tips on covering traumatic events and reporting under adverse conditions, including the current COVID crisis.

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Lee C. Bollinger and Agnès Callamard in Discussion about Free Speech and Jamal Khashoggi

President Lee Bollinger and Agnès Callamard discuss how the US should do more to respond to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a video for The Washington Post.

Columbia in the News

The problem with the Minneapolis police has decades-deep roots

Columbia Journalism School's Samuel Freedman writes about how the Minneapolis police force have had a history of racism and violence, long before the death of George Floyd.

The Washington Post
May 30, 2020

With cuts at Vice, Quartz and BuzzFeed, even media’s savviest digital players are hurting

Tow Center's Emily Bell comments on how the coronavirus pandemic is exposing how much trouble the media industry is in.

The Washington Post
May 19, 2020

The New York Times Won 3 Pulitzers. Read the Winning Work.

The Times won in the categories of commentary, investigative journalism and international reporting.

The New York Times
May 4, 2020


From the President's Desk

Columbia President Lee Bollinger's First Amendment scholarship

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Free Speech on Campus Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You

June 12, 2019 essay in The Atlantic.

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World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2019 interview with Time.

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Punish Khashoggi’s Killers

March 31, 2019 op-ed column in The Washington Post.

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The Free Speech Century

Co-edited book offers context for today’s free speech debates.