2019-20 Magic Grant Profile: Stories as Programs

Among the projects funded as 2019-20 Magic Grants is a novel technology for teaching “computational thinking.” With their grant, Griffin Dietz and Elizabeth Murnane, computer scientists based in Stanford, are producing A Voice Based Interface for Storytelling and Programming in Early Elementary Years  — a voice assistant-style application that teaches elementary school students the basics

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We are hiring 6 positions to help develop AI-powered tools for local newsrooms!

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation at the Columbia Journalism School is  exploring the application of machine learning (ML) and other technologies to support local newsrooms — both advancing their editorial missions as well as creating new business opportunities engaging readers. As is now the hallmark of Brown Institute projects, our approach will be collaborative

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Vox’s ‘Today, Explained’ host Sean Rameswaram Visits Stanford

In a packed Cypress Auditorium on Tuesday, February 18, Vox’s ‘Today, Explained’ host Sean Rameswaram sat down with Maneesh Agrawala, Director of the Brown Institute, to discuss his daily podcast and how Vox focuses on connecting with audiences in new, uplifting ways. In their conversation, Rameswaram also discussed the daily podcast ecosystem and the state

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Selfie or Bust: An Introduction to Immersive Storytelling Technology

By Alex Calderwood. Over the weekend, The Brown Institute’s Creative Technologist Ziv Schneider hosted a two-day Immersive Storytelling workshop, introducing a room full of journalists and new media artists to photogrammetry and virtual reality. Ziv began the day on Saturday exhibiting technologies that are used to digitally render the physical world in 3D, from infrared

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Now Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Magic Grants! Submissions are due TOMORROW May 15

TOMORROW! APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TOMORROW MAY 15! The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute at Columbia Journalism School and the School of Engineering at Stanford are delighted to announce its 2020-2021 Magic Grant program. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the proposal deadline has been extended until May 15, 2020! Each year, the Brown Institute

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A technology of trust in a trustless information economy: Insights into The News Provenance Project

By Bernat Ivancsics and Bhaskar Ghosh Yesterday, The New York Times’ R&D team, in collaboration with IBM Garage, released the initial findings of The News Provenance Project (NPP), which began in July. The project is an attempt to curb the growing threat of misinformation by making the sources and origin (i.e. provenance) of journalistic content

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