‘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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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 (cm3014@columbia.edu) or the Brown Institute staff (browninstitute@columbia.edu). Pitch Practice Workshops Thu, Feb 17th from

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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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