The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute at Columbia Journalism School and the School of Engineering at Stanford are delighted to announce its 2021-2022 Magic Grant program. Applications are due May 1, 2021! Each year, the Brown Institute awards close to $1M in grants and fellowships to foster new tools and modes of expression, and
In August of 2020, the Stanford Cable TV News project officially launched after years of research and development. Now, those labors are paying off, as major news organizations begin to use the tool as a source for their reporting. Just this month, the Washington Post has released two stories relying on its data and analysis.
Our 2020-21 Magic Grant Leitmotif: Location-Driven Audio Storytelling uses geolocation to deliver dynamic audio storytelling and connect users to stories of people, places, and things they walk by. The team is creating software to enable the generation of location-specific audio stories and a paired smartphone application to allow users to consume audio content. Through this
Ambulance services in Sokoto, a mobile app for midwives in Benue, and how Cross River can support traditional birth attendants. The most challenging aspect of building the Maternal Figures database was finding information about maternal health interventions implemented in Nigeria over the last three decades. Government-funded programs were often abandoned between administrations, some donors didn’t
Improving Remote Learning via Hierarchical Decomposition of Instructional Videos – one of our 2020-21 Magic Grants – aims to facilitate the creation of instructional videos with logical navigation. To do this, the team is using algorithms that automatically learn shared action steps from videos across different tasks. With this knowledge, the team is finding a
Our 2020-21 Magic Grant Local Live(s) organizes and hosts live events – virtually for now – with journalists telling the stories behind their reporting. Through these events, the bi-coastal team seeks to create a dialogue between reporters in local news organizations and the communities they serve. Ultimately, the Local Live(s) project wants to establish a
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 (ddld.mx). 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
Maneesh Agrawala, Director of the Brown Institute at Stanford, presented “Digital Media Manipulation and Society” at the recent Data on Purpose 2021 conference hosted by the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). “Video has become a primary medium for communicating ideas, making sense of information, and sharing new narratives. While advances in technology – including video-recording capabilities embedded
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
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.