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September 2019

Media Innovation Lectures

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - December 3 @ 1:30 pm PDT
Gates 174, 353 Serra Hall, Stanford, 355 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
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The goal of this series is to introduce students interested in Computer Science, Engineering and Media to what's possible and probable when it comes to media innovation. Speakers from multiple disciplines and industry will discuss a range of topics in the context of evolving media with a focus on the technical trends, opportunities and challenges surfacing in the unfolding media ecosystem. Speakers will underscore the need to innovate to survive in the media and information industries. Highlights include: 10/15: INNOVATING WITH…

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October 2019

How Charts Lie – A Talk by Alberto Cairo

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Lecture Hall, Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at? Charts, infographics, and diagrams are ubiquitous. They are useful because they can reveal patterns and trends hidden behind the numbers we encounter in our lives. Good charts make us smarter—if we know how to read them. However, they can also deceive us. Charts lie in a variety of ways—displaying incomplete or inaccurate data, suggesting misleading patterns, and concealing uncertainty—…

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The Transparency Series – Natural Language Processing

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Presenter Allison Parrish, NYU Workshop Description Much like other forms of data, documents and text provide enormous potential as a form of data to be analyzed and visualized. This workshop will introduce and discuss the ways in which textual materials (news articles, government records, social media, and other primary sources) can be worked with as data in creative and insightful ways. Participants in this workshop will be exposed to some common techniques for textual analysis and representation of documents common…

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November 2019

Points Unknown Mapping Module I: Intro to Mapping / QGIS

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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News unfolds in places and every newsworthy event is shaped by the details of location. Those details might include the specifics of a neighborhood as it is today or of the history leading to its current configurations. Alongside the development of web technologies, journalistic organizations have incorporated web-based maps to enhance reader engagement with stories. But these interactions haven't always been easy to produce. Points Unknown will train journalism students in GIS and mapping techniques, and will prompt them to…

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Points Unknown Mapping Module II: Annotated Maps / Illustrator

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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News unfolds in places and every newsworthy event is shaped by the details of location. Those details might include the specifics of a neighborhood as it is today or of the history leading to its current configurations. Alongside the development of web technologies, journalistic organizations have incorporated web-based maps to enhance reader engagement with stories. But these interactions haven't always been easy to produce. Points Unknown will train journalism students in GIS and mapping techniques, and will prompt them to…

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Points Unknown Mapping Module III: Web Maps / Mapbox.js

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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News unfolds in places and every newsworthy event is shaped by the details of location. Those details might include the specifics of a neighborhood as it is today or of the history leading to its current configurations. Alongside the development of web technologies, journalistic organizations have incorporated web-based maps to enhance reader engagement with stories. But these interactions haven't always been easy to produce. Points Unknown will train journalism students in GIS and mapping techniques, and will prompt them to…

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The Transparency Series – Reporting on Twitter

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Presenter Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed Workshop Description Twitter is not just a source of updates from friends and happenings in the local community. Instead, it is a dense network embedded with narratives of how the world is structured, including how information flows and spreads, both within and outside of communities. The platform is host to policy announcements from the President of the United States, and demonstrated in the previous election to be a hotbed of mis-/dis-information. Therefore, it is imperative that…

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Points Unknown Mapping Module IV: Satellite Imagery / Earth Engine

November 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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News unfolds in places and every newsworthy event is shaped by the details of location. Those details might include the specifics of a neighborhood as it is today or of the history leading to its current configurations. Alongside the development of web technologies, journalistic organizations have incorporated web-based maps to enhance reader engagement with stories. But these interactions haven't always been easy to produce. Points Unknown will train journalism students in GIS and mapping techniques, and will prompt them to…

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February 2020

The Transparency Series – Artificial Intelligence

February 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Presenter John Keefe, Quartz Workshop Description Data, code and algorithms are changing systems of power in our world, often without sufficient critical assessment or accountability. Today’s journalists need to understand how these forces operate, engaging the underlying computational tools and techniques. At the same time, the ways journalists understand the world and communicate their observations to audiences are also being reshaped by the abundance of data and accessible software to surface stories. Reporters today have an incredible variety of data…

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March 2020

The Transparency Series – Data Visualization

March 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Presenter To Be Announced Workshop Description Graphical (or pictorial) presentations of data have become an almost essential part of journalistic practice. Data visualization helps us see patterns in data, and is an important tool for finding stories. Also, outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and FiveThirtyEight are publishing data visualizations that push the idea of story telling, creating new data-driven ways to inform and entertain. In this day-long workshop, students will review some basic data visualization skills--guiding…

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April 2020

The Transparency Series – Political Polling

April 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Presenter Drumhil Mehta, FiveThirtyEight Workshop Description The last workshop in the Transparency Series takes you through techniques for looking at one or more polls over time. Join Dhrumil Mehta who leads Pollapalooza at FiveThirtyEight to get exposed to sources, tools, and strategies for working with polls — starting at the very beginning with simple random samples, and leading to the detailed models that are employed today. All the while, the workshop will emphasize how to find and tell interesting, novel…

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