Calls for Participation

The projects we support often need help from either the tech or journalism communities, gathering opinions or testing out new tools. Below we have two projects needing assistance and evaluation: Help a study characterizing online harassment of women journalists on Twitter; and Participate in an evaluation of a tool that aids in community-centered interpretation of

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Open Call: Counter Histories

What could an archive of the future look like? What creative possibilities are offered by the gaps, absences, and silences in archives and historical records? How can artists engage with histories that weren’t photographed? How can found photographs and artist-driven archives contribute to fuller understandings of the past, present, and future? These are some of

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COVID-19′s hidden cost: Georgia taxpayers pay more for public-debt financing

Our 2020 – 2021 Magic Grant Covid Financial Crisis has published its third article on the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Georgia’s economy. This time, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution team analyzed how the pandemic has increased the financial cost of borrowing money for cities, counties, school districts, and hospitals, creating a sort of “COVID

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‘We’re Not Alone’: Families Share How They’re Coping With Grief in COVID’s Long Wake

Missing Them, a 2021-22 Magic Grant and collaboration between the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, THE CITY, and the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, reached back to more than 1,000 people who submitted stories to their online obituaries page and interviewed dozens of them on what’s helping them cope with losing loved ones.

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Documenting COVID-19 project and MuckRock join together to expand public records journalism with partner newsrooms

The Documenting COVID-19 project, started in April 2020 at Columbia and Stanford’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation, will work hand-in-hand with MuckRock to file public records requests and collaborate on accountability journalism with partnering newsrooms. Launched in April 2020 by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Documenting COVID-19 project has filed thousands of public

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