The original "New York World" published in 1889 featured the colorful writing of reporter Nellie Bly and her attempt to turn the fictional "Around the World in Eighty Days" into a real journey. Bly also helped to launch a new style of investigative journalism.
A new venture borrows the historic "New York World" name and its spirit of journalism innovation. The recently announced "New York World" digital project will help people learn more about their government and is being launched by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. It aims to provide New York City residents with a site to learn more about how government services are allocated and how tax dollars are spent.
University officials say "New York World" will be an integral part of the Columbia School of Journalism and will deploy the talents of up to six recent graduates, faculty members, and current students.
A press release states the project's editor and staff will work closely with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism to "innovate and produce effective ways to help citizens understand how their government works."
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism was established in 2010 and is part of Columbia University. It provides journalists with the skills and knowledge about the future of digital journalism and serves as a research and development center for the profession.
New York City is, of course, home to the New York Times and other world-class media outlets. It will be interesting to see how and if "New York World" breaks any big stories. It'll also be exciting to see how this project harnesses the power of Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR) and marries good, old-fashioned reporting with new digital platforms.
Donors to the Columbia School of Journalism fund New York World through grants.