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Brown Institute Welcomes Technology Journalist Kara Swisher

On May 2, Brown welcomed technology journalist Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode and a contributing writer to The New York Times Opinion Section. She previously wrote for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and served as  executive editor of All Things Digital. Swisher discussed the state of the technology industry and shared her perspectives on media trends

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Nicholas Diakopoulos @ Stanford: “Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the News”

From hidden connections in big data to bots spreading fake news, journalism is increasingly computer generated. Nicholas  Diakopoulos, an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s School of Communication, and  an expert in computer science and media, discussed  the present and future of journalism in a world in which news is created by algorithms. Here’s more from The Stanford

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Open Source Investigation

This post contains reports from two Columbia Journalism School students who attended Bellingcat’s five day Open Source / Digital Research Training Workshop, hosted by Graphika, Inc. The workshop taught students how to conduct investigations into online information sources such as social media feeds, satellite imagery, and user-generated videos. Bellingcat, founded by Eliot Higgins, is known for

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A 2018-19 Magic Grant Profile

By Alex Calderwood. In 2008, Noya Kohavi found herself employed as a reporter for the Israeli fashion magazine Signon. She got the job “by accident,” after signing on to write profiles for them. “It was really fun, but I didn’t know anything about fashion,” she says. When Kohavi was assigned a story — Spring trends

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A 2018-19 Magic Grant Profile

By Alex Calderwood. From algorithms that design flight paths for drones to record videos of a scene, to a 360° camera technology that helps a photographer find the best placement for their camera and lights, Brown has long supported work that makes complex storytelling tools easier to use. Among the 2018-19 Magic Grants are a

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A 2018-19 Magic Grant Profile

By Alex Calderwood. Sarah Stillman, director of the Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism School, and staff writer at The New Yorker, says the project When Deportation is a Death Sentence, a 2018-19 Magic Grant, originally grew out of curiosity about the fallout from Obama-era deportations; as the number of Central American asylum-seekers at the

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