Upstairs, Downstairs

This weekend the Brown Institute at Columbia sponsored two events. In the Brown Institute space on the ground floor of Pulitzer Hall, Ellen Weinstein led a day-long workshop on illustration and journalism. One flight up, in the Lecture Hall, students from the School of Journalism and the Department of Statistics joined forces in a hackathon

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Information Cartography

Former Magic Grantee Dafna Shahaf, a post-doc in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, together with researchers from Stanford, the University of Washington, and Microsoft, has just published a paper in the Communications of the ACM on “Information Cartography.” Dafna and her coauthors construct a news summarization tool inspired by “metro maps.” Metro maps consist of a

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Base Camp 2015

This weekend, 15 students from the Graduate School of Journalism joined 15 graduate students from Stanford’s School of Engineering for a unique workshop, our second “Base Camp.” We began the weekend with a simple assigment — think about stories you’ve come across, or technologies you’ve experienced, that have changed the way you see yourself or

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Image Truth/Story Truth

By Nina Berman When talking about photojournalism ethics the conversation tends to focus on the integrity of the digital image and the rules governing Photoshop manipulation. Photojournalists are prohibited from adding or deleting objects or people from their pictures, or combining two pictures together and passing it off as one moment. Those who break these

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Cannabis Wire Launches

Today, Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian formally launched Cannabis Wire, “a news startup that will document the end of a prohibition and the birth of an industry” — a site that focuses “on the intersection of cannabis and business, tech, health, and criminal justice (among other issues).” Alyson and Nushin received initial funding and a fellowship at The Made in

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Brown at the American Society of News Editors Conference

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation made a splash at the American Society of News Editors conference, held Oct. 16-18 on the Stanford University campus.  Magic Grant recipients discussed and gave demonstrations of their projects to attendees during Sunday’s Digital Showcase. The goal: to discuss Brown research, projects and prototypes with newsroom practitioners, many of whom were

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Image Truth/Story Truth, October 16

Digital photography has changed the nature of photojournalism inspiring new creative practices that challenge conventional standards of storytelling and image truth. At the same time, the ease with which images can be digitally altered and shared across social media platforms, often stripped of context and attribution, has led to a crisis of credibility and confusion

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Three layers of openness in design: Maker culture, crowdsourcing and open hardware

Brown Fellow, Dr. Tanja Aitamurto, has just published a journal article at Design Issues “The Open Paradigm in Design Research”, introducing a new definition for open design, co-authored with Dr. Donal Holland of Harvard and Dr. Sofia Hussain at the Norwegian University Science and Technology. The definition includes the openness both in product (e.g. open

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