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November 2018

Transparency Series Workshop: Voice Interfaces with Washington Post & NPR

November 17, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Authoring experiences for a voice assistant or smart speaker is a combination of several distinct skillsets. Some conversational interfaces are driven by keywords, depending on users stating specific terms, while others involve artificial intelligence to create more natural conversations around content. The content itself is a product of both editorial work as well as programming effort to implement the conversation in code. In this workshop, students will prototype a journalistic application for a smart speaker. We will focus on Amazon’s…

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December 2018

Transparency Series Seminar: Reporting on Devices with Surya Mattu

December 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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More than ever, objects in our homes and on our person are connected, sharing data about our lived experience with companies and with the public. How do we measure what our devices collect about us, and more importantly, what they share? Join us for a conversation with Surya Mattu, an artist, engineer and journalist who will share with us a variety of stories that investigate connected devices. Mattu is currently an investigative reporter at The Markup, an R&D Journalism Resident…

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Transparency Series Workshop: Reporting on Devices with Consumer Reports

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Most consumer advocacy is based on a definition of consumer rights anchored on two things: value and safety. While these issues are perennial concerns for consumers, they don’t capture the larger threats posed by the 21st C marketplace: reductions in individual agency and control. Amazon, Google, Facebook, and the other corporate powers offer products that don’t pose traditional ‘safety’ threats. In this workshop we start with the hypothesis that the consumer movement has mostly ‘solved for the 20th C.’ Products…

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February 2019

Transparency Series Seminar: Data Visualization with Jeremy White, NYTimes

February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Maps, charts, and graphs have become an almost essential part of the journalistic practice, as well as the centerpiece of many published pieces. But how can we best incorporate these tools into our investigative process, and how do we design them to be as engaging and insightful as possible? Join us for a conversation with Jeremy White, graphics editor at The New York Times, who will share with us some of the lessons learned and the details behind the crafting…

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Transparency Series Workshop: Data Visualization with Agnes Change, ProPublica

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Data visualization has become a multipurpose tool in journalistic practice. It allows us to see patterns in data and to discover new stories, as well as to insightfully communicate our findings. In this day-long workshop, Agnes Chang from ProPublica will guide us through basic data visualization tools and skills, delving into the design process and some of the graphic strategies that make the best data visualization pieces so successful. During the day we will touch upon the multiple aspects of…

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March 2019

Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation: Runa Sandvik, New York Times

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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'Protecting High-Risk Users at The New York Times' Runa Sandvik joined The New York Times in 2016 to build a security program dedicated to the newsroom, putting the focus on the security maturity of the newsroom; the desks; and individual reporters. In doing so, Sandvik built on experience from her time at The Tor Project, Freedom of the Press Foundation, consulting for established media organizations and working closely with independent freelancers around the world. In this presentation, Sandvik will share…

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April 2019

Transparency Series Seminar: Drone Photography by Josh Haner and Meaghan Looram, New York Times

April 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join us on Friday evening for our last Transparency Series seminar featuring Josh Haner, staff photographer and the senior editor for photo technology, in conversation with Meaghan Looram, the Director of Photography at The New York Times. They will discuss previous drone project they've worked on together, and the role of drones in Journalism. As with Virtual Reality, drone journalism offers opportunities in data collection and visual representation afforded by few other technologies that are within the grasp of a…

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Transparency Series Workshop: Drone Photography

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Drones can provide access to regions that are otherwise impossible to film. The artful, informative deployment of drone photography and its role in journalism is the subject of this Transparency Series event. On Saturday, we will get our hands dirty and take a field trip north of NYC and give students the chance to both pilot small drones as well as stage shots from the robotic, onboard camera. The workshop will be led by the USA Today Unmanned Aerial Systems…

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