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From the Nieman Journalism Lab Blog: “The journalism unicorn exists. I’ve seen one — even worked with one. Maybe you know the kind: a journalist who’s as nimble and dynamic as a reporter as she is with coding.” The Brown Institute is collaborating on a post-bacc program to help prepare journalists for the J-School’s Dual Degree

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The Declassification Engine in Poynter

Poynter has just posted a fantastic writeup of one of this year’s Magic Grants, the Declassification Engine. Co-funded by the Tow Center for digital Journalism, the Declassification Engine will “create a critical mass of declassified documents by aggregating all the archives that are now just scattered online” and apply machine learning techniques to “reveal patterns in official

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Robust detection of hyper-local events from geotagged social media data

Architecture of our local event detection system. Including data collector, time-series builder, Gaussian Process regression model, alert engine and classifier. Arrows indicate input and output flow of each module. Authors Xie K., Xia C., Grinberg N., Schwartz R., and Naaman M. Abstract An increasing number of location-annotated content available from social media channels like Twitter,

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Making Sense of Cities Using Social Media: Requirements for Hyper-Local Data Aggregation Tools

Examples of geo-tagged social media data visualizations mockups. Clockwise: geo-tagged topic groupings, keywords appearance graphs, volume graph and heat map Authors Schwartz, R., Naaman M., Matni, Z. Abstract As more people tweet, check-in and share pictures and videos of their daily experiences in the city, new opportunities arise to understand urban activity. When aggregated, these

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‘Magic Grants’ awards announced!

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation has awarded seed funding to teams of students, post-docs and faculty from Stanford and Columbia universities to develop new technologies that could transform the ways media content is produced, delivered and consumed. The winning projects include a natural language processor that detects media bias, an experiment in augmenting stories with virtual

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