The institute hosted over 100 journalists and technologists at an event designed to prompt new ideas for our Magic Grants. The Tow Center were co-sponsors and Hearst provided the venue. Forty-four floors above Central Park, we held a mini-unconference, organizing around new ideas and unasked questions about how stories are discovered and told. It was an amazing afternoon! Thanks to our of our participants, and to Tony Cherm and Karen Sanborn at Hearst who made it all possible.
The Stanford and Columbia branches of the Brown Institute hosted a weekend data event exploring the role of money in politics. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, teaching and data from the Sunlight Foundation and spiritual guidance by Teresa Bouza from EFE, about 150 participants completed some amazing projects. Kathy Kiely of Sunlight wrote an excellent blog post on the event.
The Brown Institute co-sponsored and helped organize this year's Computation+Journalism meeting. We tackled some pretty big questions: "What role does computation have in the practice of journalism today and in the near future? As computer-driven forces like automation and aggregation increasingly alter the role of journalists and journalism in society, how can computation become a force of deliberate, positive social impact in journalism and civic life?" Read a summary by Brad Stenger.