The Niemanlab Blog has just posted a great article about the Institute -- "Shaping technology to the story: The Brown Institute for Media Innovation is finding its niche"
The 2012-2013 Magic Grant Dispatch, a platform for secure communication when journalists report from scenes of conflict. We are happy to announce that a paper by the Dispatch Team, "Weaving a Safe Web of News," was accepted to the Social News on the Web workshop of the WWW '13 conference. Congratulations!
This morning, we took an image of the new home for the Brown Institute. As you can see, it's a blank canvas. Last week, LTL Architects delivered their final designs and construction is scheduled to begin in a couple months. We will post construction images (who doesn't love process pics?) as the project develops. (Here is an interactive panorama of the same image.)
The institute hosted over 100 journalists and technologists at an event designed to prompt new ideas for our Magic Grants. The Tow Center were co-sponsors and Hearst provided the venue. Forty-four floors above Central Park, we held a mini-unconference, organizing around new ideas and unasked questions about how stories are discovered and told. It was an amazing afternoon! Thanks to our of our participants, and to Tony Cherm and Karen Sanborn at Hearst who made it all possible.
The Stanford and Columbia branches of the Brown Institute hosted a weekend data event exploring the role of money in politics. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, teaching and data from the Sunlight Foundation and spiritual guidance by Teresa Bouza from EFE, about 150 participants completed some amazing projects. Kathy Kiely of Sunlight wrote an excellent blog post on the event.
The Brown Institute co-sponsored and helped organize this year's Computation+Journalism meeting. We tackled some pretty big questions: "What role does computation have in the practice of journalism today and in the near future? As computer-driven forces like automation and aggregation increasingly alter the role of journalists and journalism in society, how can computation become a force of deliberate, positive social impact in journalism and civic life?" Read a summary by Brad Stenger.