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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The Lumen Prize awards Ziv Schneider’s “Sylvia” with the Still Image award

“Sylvia”, a Virtual Influencer designed by the Brown Institute’s Creative Technologist Ziv Schneider, has won the 2021 Lumen Prize for Art and Technology in the Still Image category. The Lumen Prize celebrates the very best art created with technology through a global competition. Since its launch in 2012, it has given away more than US$80,000

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The opportunities and limitations of considering geography as an aspect of equity and representation in local news

Seeing the locations mentioned in your news stories on a map provides strong signals about the communities and topics you prioritize. Editor’s Note: This post was co-written and edited by Ana Méndez, Special Projects Editor at The Lenfest Local Lab @ The Inquirer; Faye Teng, UX Designer at The Lenfest Local Lab; and Michael Krisch,

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Magic Grant ‘Documenting COVID-19’ Receives 2021 Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists

The Brown Institute is pleased to announce our Magic Grant project ‘Documenting COVID-19‘ has received the 2021 Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. This is the project’s fourth major prize, following similar awards from The First Amendment Coalition, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, and the Los Angeles Press Club’s Charles Rappleye

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