‘Documenting COVID-19’ Project Wins First Place in National Headliners Awards

The Brown Institute is pleased to announce that our Impact Grant ‘Documenting COVID-19‘ has won first place in the 2022 National Headliners Awards for their “Uncounted: The hidden death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic” investigation. This ongoing collaboration with MuckRock and USA Today found that death certificates, long prone to error, have gotten worse during

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They are not alone: lessons for the search of disappeared people in Mexico

Our 2021 – 2022 Magic Grant No están solas: Bridging the search for the disappeared in Mexico has published the first in a series of articles documenting their findings. This piece details the team’s process in interviewing “buscadoras” – groups of women who travel Mexico’s countryside searching for their disappeared family members. As Mónica Trigos

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The Brown Institute Announces Its 2022 Venture Challenge Competition Winners

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation in partnership with the Columbia Venture Competition and Columbia Entrepreneurship are please to announce the winners of their inaugural 2022 Innovation Challenge in Journalism, Media, and Technology. The projects in this group focus on creating sustainable and scalable ventures to enable, empower and facilitate the work of journalists and

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Local Live(s) Brings Innovative Live Storytelling to More Newsrooms

People from across Mississippi gathered to hear journalists tell intimate, first-person stories about the behind-the-scenes of their reporting this past February in Jackson, Mississippi. The show was a collaboration between Mississippi Today and Local Live(s), a national storytelling series that brings important journalism back to life. Their next series, which is unified under the theme

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MuckRock and the Documenting COVID-19 project are releasing new searchable CDC death data at the county level

Over the past two years, 165,000 more Americans have died of natural causes, such as diabetes and hypertensive heart disease, than historical norms would lead researchers to expect. A smaller group of deaths from specific natural causes that the CDC has identified as potentially COVID-19-related shows a similar figure: 158,212 additional deaths during the pandemic

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The Brown Institute Announces its 2022-2023 Magic Grant Competition!

[Proposals are due April 8, 2022! Apply here https://brown.columbia.edu/propose/] The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a joint effort between Stanford’s School of Engineering and Columbia Journalism School, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Each year, the Brown Institute awards close to $1M in grants to help you “follow your passion and experiment with new approaches to storytelling,” to paraphrase Helen Gurley Brown.  

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