By Alex Calderwood. One hundred journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000. These journalists were mostly investigating cartel activity and corruption in the Mexican government, and they were explicitly targeted for their reporting. Yet, according to a report by The Committee to Protect Journalists, “the Mexican government has only intermittently recognized anti-press violence as
By Alex Calderwood. You’re browsing Instagram and you see someone wearing a winter coat that speaks to you. You comment on the post and ask “Love the jacket, what kind is it?.” A few minutes later, the poster responds “Canada Goose, obviously.” You remember something about the brand and other designer clothes being banned from
RoughCut, a 2016-17 Magic Grant led by MacKenzie Leake, has been featured in Wired, as an editing tool that will “turn us all into filmmakers”. Now years in development, RoughCut seeks to develop a system to support the process of making a rough cut, a primary task in editing a video. Video production is a
By Alex Calderwood. DNA evidence carries an aura of the indisputable, thought of as the “gold standard” in forensic science. Because of this power, law enforcement has asked forensic laboratories to interpret ever more challenging evidence — “touch” DNA evidence like a gun or cell phone which are often handled by a number of people.
Last week was the six-month mark since the most recent batch of Magic Grants were awarded to the 2018-2019 cohort of journalists, technology researchers, and media experts. On Friday the 8th, the group met for their second “All-Hands” meeting of the year. It’s a fun and interesting event for our Magic Grantees. As its name
We are approaching the closing date for our Creative Technologist Rosalie Yu‘s recent project Knowing Together, a set of seven resin sculptures suspended in acrylic domes using unconventional capture and printing techniques. These sculptures render 3D models produced through collaborative photogrammetry by a group of 35 participants during a workshop commissioned by EdLab, the R&D unit at
On January 30, the Brown Institute at Stanford welcomed Felice Frankel, celebrated science photographer and MIT research scientist. Frankel offered an afternoon masterclass on “Image and Meaning” and in an evening talk discussed her new book “Picturing Science and Engineering” (MIT Press). During the well-attended “Image and Meaning” masterclass, Frankel outlined was for students, faculty
February 27, 5:00-6:30pm, The Brown Institute, RSVP at brwn.co/qh From hookup apps to investigative reporting, community-building to historical archiving, the Internet has transformed queer experience and visibility. What have these changes wrought? What gains? What losses? In a free-wheeling and frank conversation, Zach Stafford, editor-in-chief of the U.S.’s oldest LGBTQ news magazine, The Advocate, and
Join us for the kick of our Spring 2019 Transparency Series sessions at Columbia Journalism School. For our first installment, we will be looking at Data Visualization. On Friday, February 15, we are joined by Jeremy White, New York Times, to hear about his work and their process for finding and telling stories through data.