The winners are in!

The Brown Institute announces its 2022-2023 Magic Grants The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a collaboration between Stanford University’s School of Engineering and Columbia Journalism School, is proud to announce its 2022-2023 Magic Grant recipients!  This year Brown awarded eight Magic Grants and three “seed” grants. Some of the winning teams are proposing tools to

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Entrepreneurship Resources for the Upcoming Innovation Challenge

Interested in applying to the Brown Institute Innovation Challenge in Journalism, Media, and Technology? We have a variety of resources to get you ready for the competition. If you have any questions about the competition, please reach out to Christopher McGarry ( or the Brown Institute staff ( Pitch Practice Workshops Thu, Feb 17th from

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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 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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‘MISSING THEM’ Magic Grant named finalist for Knight Award for Public Service

The MISSING THEM project has been named a finalist for the 2021 Knight Award for Public Service, hosted by the Online Journalism Awards. The Online Journalism Awards awards five projects to honor general excellence, engaged journalism, immersive storytelling, public service and climate change reporting. The previous winner of the Knight Award for Public Service was the

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