Announcing the ‘Voces Silenciadas’ Podcast – Part of the ‘Democracy Fighters’ Project

The Brown Institute is pleased to announce the launch of Voces Silenciadas (Silenced Voices in English), a podcast by Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul launched from the Magic Grant project Democracy Fighters ( Both Voces Silenciadas and Defensores de la Democracia are representative of Alejandra’s unending commitment to the stories and legacies of murdered journalists in Mexico. Voces Silenciadas

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‘Superpredator’ Article produced by Magic Grant ‘Wolf Pack’ Wins Award From Society for News Design

The Brown Institute is pleased to announce that the article Superpredator: The Media Myth That Demonized a Generation of Black Youth published by the Magic Grant Wolf Pack has received a General Excellence Award from the Society for News Design. The Superpredator article tracks the proliferation of the term Superpredator throughout media coverage in the 90’s and exposes its

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Magic Grant ‘Documenting COVID-19’ Receives 2020 Free Speech & Open Government Award from The First Amendment Coalition

The Brown Institute is pleased to announce Magic Grant project ‘Documenting COVID-19‘ is the 2020 recipient of The First Amendment Coalition’s Free Speech & Open Government award. The project includes a team of journalists, data scientists, and a designer and has worked tirelessly to shed light on how state and local governments have responded to the

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Highlights from Changing Course

Over the past 3 months, the Brown Institute hosted three lectures challenging us to think about data and computation in new ways. Each talk was by researchers outside of journalism, and there were terrific lessons from their approaches to data and computation for journalists interested in these areas. Below are recordings of the lectures by

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The Brown Institute, Lenfest Local Lab and Philadelphia Inquirer are partnering to build content audit tools

Our collaborative project won the Google GNI Innovation Challenge, securing $300,000 to build and test machine learning-based tools that help newsrooms analyze equity and representation in their work at scale. Editor’s note: This post was co-written and edited by Michael Krisch, Deputy Director of the Brown Institute; Sarah Schmalbach, Product Director of the Lenfest Local

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‘Sylvia’ Premiering at IDFA DocLab

Have you ever known an aging robot? Meet Sylvia, the first aging virtual influencer. Premiering on November 20, 2020 at the International Documentary FilmFestival Amsterdam (IDFA), attendee’s can look back on Sylvia’s life, and witness its end. Virtual Influencers are computer-generated characters that exist on social media and appear as real humans. These characters are complex

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