Highlights from Changing Course

Over the past 3 months, the Brown Institute hosted three lectures challenging us to think about data and computation in new ways. Each talk was by researchers outside of journalism, and there were terrific lessons from their approaches to data and computation for journalists interested in these areas. Below are recordings of the lectures by

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Announcing ‘Volumetric Reporting’: talks and workshops on applications of volumetric capture in journalism

Advances in sensing hardware and computer vision algorithms have enabled common smartphone and tablet devices to be able to see and understand the world in more ways than ever before. Not only are these devices able to display 3D content, but they are quickly being equipped with technologies that allow for 3D capture. Applications have

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The burden of malaria among pregnant women in Nigeria – an update on the reporting grants from Maternal Figures

Data shows that malaria accounts for 11% of maternal deaths in Nigeria. While it is not the lion’s share of the factors that contribute to maternal deaths, it is a significant one. In a story supported by the Maternal Figures Solutions Journalism Fellowship funded by The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Premium Times reporter Chiamaka

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The Brown Institute, Lenfest Local Lab and Philadelphia Inquirer are partnering to build content audit tools

Our collaborative project won the Google GNI Innovation Challenge, securing $300,000 to build and test machine learning-based tools that help newsrooms analyze equity and representation in their work at scale. Editor’s note: This post was co-written and edited by Michael Krisch, Deputy Director of the Brown Institute; Sarah Schmalbach, Product Director of the Lenfest Local

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Sylvia featured in Variety magazine

“Instagram is full of wannabes, but there was only one Sylvia.” On November 24th, Damon Wise, Writer at Variety magazine interviewed our creative technologist Ziv Schneider about her project Sylvia, which premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) DocLab this month.  In the interview, Ziv reflected on this five-month-long social experiment in making an aging

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‘Sylvia’ Premiering at IDFA DocLab

Have you ever known an aging robot? Meet Sylvia, the first aging virtual influencer. Premiering on November 20, 2020 at the International Documentary FilmFestival Amsterdam (IDFA), attendee’s can look back on Sylvia’s life, and witness its end. Virtual Influencers are computer-generated characters that exist on social media and appear as real humans. These characters are complex

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