From the NY Times ArtsBeat Blog:
"Helen Gurley Brown didn’t care only about the Cosmo girl. She was also concerned with underserved children in New York City. As a result, her trust is giving $15 million to the New York Public Library for a new educational and anti-poverty program based at library branches that was announced on Wednesday by the trust and the library."
Read more about this incredible new program.
Brown Advisory Board member, Eve Burton, has been appointed to the AOL Board of Directors. Read more...
Both halves of the Brown Institute met at Columbia University for its quarterly "All Hands" meeting. It was a day of presentations and discussions. A full house, with grants and fellows form both 2012-13 and 2013-14.
From the Nieman Journalism Lab Blog: "The journalism unicorn exists. I’ve seen one — even worked with one. Maybe you know the kind: a journalist who’s as nimble and dynamic as a reporter as she is with coding."
The Brown Institute is collaborating on a post-bacc program to help prepare journalists for the J-School's Dual Degree program with Computer Science. We are looking for a Director for the program and we'll be taking applications for Summer-Fall 2014!
Poynter has just posted a fantastic writeup of one of this year's Magic Grants, the Declassification Engine. Co-funded by the Tow Center for digital Journalism, the Declassification Engine will “create a critical mass of declassified documents by aggregating all the archives that are now just scattered online” and apply machine learning techniques to "reveal patterns in official secrecy.”
The Online News Association announced the members of its ONA13 Student Newsroom. Over 100 students applied from around the world, and Brown Fellow Nikolas Iubel was one of the 38 selected. The winners will provide intensive coverage of the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, October 17-20 in Atlanta. This group will be mentored by distinguished digital journalists and journalism professors and will produce rich, varied multimedia coverage of the ONA Conference. Google provided $30,000 in scholarships to cover the registration, travel and lodging for the selected students and their mentors. Congratulations Nikolas!
Steve Lohr was a graduate of the School of Journalism in 1975 and now reports on technology, business and economics for the New York Times. In 2013, he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its reporting on Apple and other technology firms "that illustrates the darker side of a changing global economy for workers and consumers.” Steve joins the Brown Institute to work on a book on Big Data. Steve, welcome!
From a speedometer to a weather map to a stock chart, we routinely interpret and act on data displayed visually. With a few exceptions, data has no natural “look,” no natural “visualization,” and choices have to be made about how it should be displayed. Each choice can reveal certain kinds of patterns in the data while hiding others.
While these decisions are often made on technical grounds, they are also questions of design. Click to read the complete article.
The Brown Institute for Media Innovation has awarded seed funding to teams of students, post-docs and faculty from Stanford and Columbia universities to develop new technologies that could transform the ways media content is produced, delivered and consumed.
The winning projects include a natural language processor that detects media bias, an experiment in augmenting stories with virtual reality and a suite of machine learning tools to study redaction patterns in declassified documents. Click to read the full story.
The Brown Institute and the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering hosted a Speed Dating event to promote inter-disciplinary collaboration. On the east side of the table we have architecture, the humanities, the social sciences, journalism and education; and on the west side we have engineering, mathematics and computer science. Matchmaker, matchmaker...