May 02. 1 1/2 months until our opening!


Work on the Brown Institute space at Columbia hit a milestone today as the floor started to be installed! We are on schedule to take occupancy in June, but this was the first time the space started feeling, well, inhabitable. It's extremely exciting!

Apr 28. Brown Fellow David Chen wins Capocelli Award

David Chen's paper, “Interframe Coding of Global Image Signatures for Mobile Augmented Reality," presented in March at the Data Compression Conference, has been selected to receive the prestigious Capocelli Award, given yearly for an outstanding student-authored and student-presented paper. A copy of David's paper can be found here.

Apr 17. Bushwig at PCA/ACA

Adam and Jessa from the Bushwig Magic Grant will present their work at the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting in Chicago this week. They will speak on identity curation, or rather, the decisions we make about how to present ourselves in everyday life, summarizing the focus groups they've interviewed for their Magic Grant. Good luck!

Apr 17. The Lede

Columbia University School of Journalism and the Columbia Department of Computer Science are offering a unique educational opportunity this summer for students who want to build up their understanding of data. Anchored in a mix of journalism, social science and the humanities, The Lede will introduce students with little or no technical background to a host of creative practices that involve data, code and algorithms. Learn more about The Lede here, and read an excellent overview by its new (and most awesome) Director, Cathy O'Neil here. Join us this summer -- The deadline for applications is April 27!

Apr 17. Brown/Tow Award

We are pleased to announce The Award for Excellence in Computational Journalism co-sponsored by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. It honors work by current M.S. or M.A. students at the Columbia School of Journalism that makes exceptional use of computation in the service of journalism or makes an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of how data, code and algorithms change the nature of reporting.  We welcome submissions in all formats, from print, broadcast, radio, and documentary to website, data visualization, API or Github repository. Apply today!

Apr 04. A second Hard Hat Dinner


Last night, the Institute hosted its second Hard Hat Dinner. We invited 19 media scholars, educators, journalists, entrepreneurs, and friends for the second in a series of events to celebrate the construction of our new space. The evening started with a tour of the Brown construction site which has changed considerably since our first event at the end of February. Offices are roughed out, a subfloor is down and the sheetrock is almost complete. As with the first event, we then moved upstairs for dinner served between two large projections of the space captured the day before -- Slowly moving videos panned around our space  downstairs as the construction crew worked. Thank you to everyone who came... It was a lot of fun! Oh and a special thanks to Magic Grant recipients Jessa Lingel and Adam Golub for showing off their work before dessert! 

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Mar 25. Ethics of Data Conference Announced!

The recent influx of big data has surfaced a multitude of ethical questions centered around the use of digital data for social good. The first Ethics of Data Conference, which will bring together practitioners from humanitarian organizations and nonprofits, educators and scholars, journalists, and civic techies, will seek to answers these questions.

The conference will be held on September 16-17, 2014 at Stanford University and is being produced by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society,  the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the Harvard Humanitarian Institute. Learn more...

Mar 20. Magic Grant and Fellowships deadline - TODAY!

The clock is ticking! Magic Grant and Fellowship proposals are due TODAY, March 23 by midnight PDT. Please submit your materials at And good luck!

Mar 13. CSPA 2014


Brown will be presenting at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association meeting 2:30-3:15 Thursday March 20 and 9:45-10:30 Friday March 21. CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs. Brown will show examples of student work and make a pitch for our upcoming "data journalism office hours" for high school students. Join us!

Mar 12. Videos up!

The videos from March 1's "bit by bit" are now up on the site. In addition you'll find documentation and links to some of the projects. Enjoy! 

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