Magic Grantee Derek Kravitz on the reporting behind The Times’ “Why New Orleans Pushed Ahead With Mardi Gras”

By Alex Calderwood Brown Institute fellow Derek Kravitz and New York Times correspondent Richard Fausset published a story yesterday that detailed why New Orleans officials went ahead with Mardi Gras, despite the growing worries at the time regarding COVID-19. The story, published in The Times as “Why New Orleans Pushed Ahead With Mardi Gras, Even

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Selfie or Bust: An Introduction to Immersive Storytelling Technology

By Alex Calderwood. Over the weekend, The Brown Institute’s Creative Technologist Ziv Schneider hosted a two-day Immersive Storytelling workshop, introducing a room full of journalists and new media artists to photogrammetry and virtual reality. Ziv began the day on Saturday exhibiting technologies that are used to digitally render the physical world in 3D, from infrared

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A technology of trust in a trustless information economy: Insights into The News Provenance Project

By Bernat Ivancsics and Bhaskar Ghosh Yesterday, The New York Times’ R&D team, in collaboration with IBM Garage, released the initial findings of The News Provenance Project (NPP), which began in July. The project is an attempt to curb the growing threat of misinformation by making the sources and origin (i.e. provenance) of journalistic content

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Becoming more mindful about visual information:  A Q&A with Alberto Cairo, author of ‘How Charts Lie’

Alberto Cairo is an associate professor and Knight Chair of Visual Journalism at the University of Miami. He recorded this interview with Alex Calderwood before delivering a lecture about his recently released book How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information. What spurred you to write this book? Have you been thinking about it for

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