We are pleased to release the first of our annual reports, describing the work done by the Brown Institute over the previous year. This is essentially an adaptation of a report we submit to our universities, but we thought it might be interesting enough for others that we published this PDF (admitedly not very “innovative”).
Wa are now accepting applications for 2015-16 Brown Institute Magic Grants. The full process is documented on this page, but here’s our timeline for the season. Proposal submission deadline: March 8, 2015 Announcement of finalists: March 20, 2015 Presentations by Columbia finalists: April 6, 2015 Presentation by Stanford finalists: April 13, 2015 Announcement of winners: April
Nikolas Iubel, Brown Institute Fellow for 2013-2014 and graduate of the Dual Degree program between Journalism and Computer Science at Columbia University, is currently an intern with The New York Times’ interactive news desk. Together with The Upshot’s Derek Willis, Nik created Bedfellows, a Python command-line tool intended to facilitate exploration of campaign finance data. Willis and Iubel have
From December 12-19 (Monday-Friday) and again from January 19-February 6 (again, Monday-Friday), the Brown Institute at Columbia will host the 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Award Winners. The institute has been transformed into an exhibition space, featuring six award winning films, three interactive documentaries, and a selection of famous WPP phographs. The features showing during
Stanford Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Michael Bernstein, led Magic Grant teams in a Design Thinking-style “Crash Course” at the Brown Institute’s second All Hands meeting of 2014, December 2 and 3, held at Stanford. Prof. Bernstein offered the teams a “D.School digest” adapted from his popular Introduction to Human Computer Interaction class (CS 147/247).
On November 7, the Stanford arm of the Institute hosted the second in a series of “Brown Bag” lunches launched earlier this fall. The Institute welcomed David Cohn, head the engagement team at AJ+, speaking on “structured journalism” and how he sees stories as a collection of “interconnected cards.” As a story develops, Cohn said,
Iceland, that small and mighty island nation in the middle of the Atlantic, decided to crowdsource its constitution in 2010, making it a pioneer in policy-making. Join us for the screening of the first and only documentary about this incredible experiment. The screening of the documentary Blueberry Soup takes place December 3rd at 6.30pm at Packard 101 at Stanford.
Friday November 14, the Columbia arm of the Brown Institute held the first of its concerts mingling data, code, journalism and music. The series is curated by Charlotte Mundy, a soprano and new music advocate, who has been praised as “mesmerizing” and “preternaturally focused” by the New York Times. This first concert explored the ties between