From NPR Ombudsman to Tufts University Beacon

A lifetime of journalism experience is guiding the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World.

Edward Schumacher-Matos has enjoyed a spectacular journalism career. Prior to serving as NPR ombudsman from 2011 to 2015, he oversaw New York Times bureaus in Buenos Aires and Madrid and was associate publisher of the Spanish and Portuguese editions of the Wall Street Journal Americas edition.

Schumacher-Matos is now applying that same kind of worldly view as director of the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. From a profile of the Class of 1972 alumnus’ efforts by Laura Ferguson for TuftsNow:

This summer, the center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are hosting a roundtable discussion in Bogotá, Colombia, that will bring together digital rights experts to design model Internet laws in Latin America. “Digital rights are starting to become seen as a human rights issue,” says Schumacher-Matos. It’s a highly relevant conversation for Latin America, says Schumacher-Matos, as “laws that give people the right to Internet access are viewed by many as essential to economic development…”

Schumacher-Matos wants to put the Murrow Center smack in the thick of this digital revolution. Working with media outlet partners in India and China, the center is developing an online interactive news platform that will “bring together different points of view from different parts of the world in a way that is compelling.”

Earlier this month, in between visits to campus by Anderson Cooper and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, the Fletcher School hosted its Second Annual Ideas Exchange, a series of Ted Talks-style speeches. Videos from April 14 are not up yet, but those from last year, including the one below featuring Schumacher-Matos, give a good idea of what is going on here.