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by Bell, EmilyOwen, Taylor

An examination of the crisis in journalism by longtime journalists, and Professors of Journalism.

Much has been written about fake news and its dire implications rehashings of the 2016 election and how we got to where we are today. But so far, no one has asked the most important question: what comes next? Here is the book we need a book of scale and scope and serious research.

For the last six years, Bell and Owen have been conducting research for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School on the intersection of technology and journalism, specifically the ever-expanding role Silicon Valley has come to play in the industry. This work, and the dozens of other research projects Bell and Owen have developed for the Tow Center, will form the grounding for Free Speech Capitalism: Journalism, Democracy and Silicon Valley though in this new endeavor, Bell and Owen plan to expand their research and writing to include not only the history of how Silicon Valley "broke" journalism but a proposal for how to "fix" it, exploring the problematic foundations of a surveillance economy, the power of new technologies, and the threat all of the above pose to democracy.

Before being named a Professor of Practice and the Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School, Emily Bell worked as a leading print and online journalist and editor for over twenty years. The majority of Emily's career was spent at Guardian News and Media, first as a reporter and business editor for The Observer newspaper, moving in 2000 to take charge of the Guardian's network of websites.

Taylor Owen is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. He is also the author, most recently, of Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of The World Won't Wait: Why Canada Needs to Rethink its Foreign Policies (University of Toronto Press, 2015, with Roland Paris), Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State (Columbia University Press, 2017, with Emily Bell) and The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley Re-engineered Journalism (Tow Center 2017, with Emily Bell).

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