C+J 2015

Computation+Journalism Symposium 2015, October 2-3, New York City Paper and panel proposals due August 14, 2015 cj2015.brown.columbia.edu The Computation+Journalism Symposium is a celebration and synthesis of new ways to find and tell news stories with, by, and about data and algorithms. It is a venue to seed new collaborations between journalists and computer and data scientists:

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Image Retrieval using Scene Graphs

Authors Justin Johnson, Ranjay Krishna, Michael Stark, Li-Jia Li, David Ayman Shamma, Michael Bernstein, Li Fei-Fei Image search using a complex query like “man holding fish and wearing hat on white boat” returns unsatisfactory results in (a). Ideal results (b) include correct objects (“man”, “boat”), attributes (“boat is white”) and relationships (“man on boat”). Abstract

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In Face on Facebook

2014-2015 Magic Grantees Jessa Lingel and Adam Golub have just published a paper from the Bushwig project. “In Face on Facebook: Brooklyn’s Drag Community and Sociotechnical Practices of Online Communication” appears in the June issue of The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and is likely the first paper published on how drag performers use social media. Here is their abstract. Recently,

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ACM on Data Journalism

This month’s Communications of the ACM includes “Putting the Data Science into Journalism.” Our flagship project Science Surveyor is detailed as an example of journalistic technology, and the Lede Program is singled out as a new kind of journalism training! The article also contains some great quotes from attendees of the Computation+Journalism meeting we help

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We are pleased to announce our 2015-16 “Magic Grants” – eight teams in all, comprised of students, faculty, alumni and post-docs from the Columbia Journalism School and the Stanford Engineering School. This year’s Magic Grant recipients were selected via a competitive process from nearly 50 proposals. Each project speaks directly to our mission – supporting

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Editorial Algorithms: Using Social Mediato Discover and Report Local News

Authors Schwartz, R., Naaman M., Teodoro R. Screenshot of CityBeat interface showing the Detected Events List, Event Window and the Statistics Sidebar Abstract The role of algorithms in the detection, curation and broadcast of news is becoming increasingly prevalent. To better understand this role we developed CityBeat, a system that implements what we call “editorial algorithms”

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Storytelling Tools – April 28 Brown Media Talk

Storytelling is essential for communicating ideas. When they are well told, stories help us make sense of information, appreciate cultural or societal differences, and imagine living in entirely different worlds. Audio/visual stories in the form of radio programs, audiobooks, podcasts, television, movies or animation are especially powerful by providing a rich multisensory experience. Technological advances

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Photography, Expanded Announced!

The Brown Institute, in conjunction with Magnum Foundation, is pleased to announce Photography, Expanded, weeks of events focused on the intersection of photography, digital narrative and journalism. The events, along with brief descriptions, can be seen below: Photojournalist Maria Turchenkova – Reception honoring her as the 2015 Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellow 6PM, Monday,

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