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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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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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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2020-21 Magic Grant Profile: Self-Moderating Online Focus Groups and Deliberation

Our 2020-21 Magic Grant Self-Moderating Online Focus Groups and Deliberation is building a tool for better online deliberation. Through an automated moderator that provides equitable, respectful, and constructive conversation the team behind this grant aims to support deliberative democracy, developing a scalable online platform that addresses current challenges such a small group who dominates the

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