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A book of case studies

Our Digital Future: Boardrooms and Newsrooms


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Publishing Pollution Data in China: Ma Jun and the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs

A civil society activist in any country expects challenges, but with an authoritarian government the role can carry extra burdens. This case examines the creation and evolution of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE). In early 2014, however, IPE prepared to take on a new group of polluters.

Covert Activity: the Washington Post, Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency

This case takes a behind-the-scenes look at how a national security reporter works. In February 2013, reporter Barton Gellman first learns about a source who claims to have National Security Agency (NSA) documents.

Friend or foe? WikiLeaks and the Guardian

This case is about the celebrated collaboration between WikiLeaks, the secure website for whistleblowers, and the mainstream media--focusing on the British Guardian newspaper. Use in courses on government-media relations; managing sources; data journalism; editorial decisionmaking; or international reporting.

The Islanders and the Scientists: Post-tsunami Aid in the Nicobars

This sustainable development case focuses on the unintended consequences of disaster and development aid on indigenous societies, and raises for discussion whether a better model exists. In December 2004, a killer tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean, devastating among others the Nicobar Islands.

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New home for case collection

May 1, 2015—The Case Consortium @ Columbia is pleased to announce that its library of case studies will have a new home come the end of June 2015. The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) will take over ownership and administration of the case collection. To read more, click on news headline above

Case on Washington Post and Snowden!

Oct. 22, 2014-- Take a look at our case on national security reporting, featuring the Washington Post, Barton Gellman and publication of the Post's first NSA surveillance story based on the Edward Snowden documents (see left). This case represents the first time Gellman or Post editors have spoken on the record in detail about the process. Give students insight into the challenges of national security reporting and how to weigh the public’s right to know against national security concerns.

RESOURCE A book of collected journalism case studies

April 1, 2011-- To make it even easier to use our journalism cases in the classroom, we have published a collection of 10 case studies about the effects of the digital revolution on both the business model and reporting practices. It is called Our Digital Future: Boardrooms and Newsrooms and you can order it online at or Barnes & Noble.

CCNMTL And Case Consortium @ Columbia Announce Partnership

April 23, 2014 -- The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) and the Case Consortium @ Columbia (CC@C) have announced a new partnership to innovate, develop, publish, and promote case studies and the Case Method of teaching and learning at Columbia University and beyond.

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